Explores controversial topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture. Examines key facts, main arguments, history, and cultural context associated with numerous social and political issues.
A reference database that provides overviews of controversial topics and current events. Includes historical background as well as the current debate on various hot button social, political, and economic issues.
Ask Questions to Refine Your Topic: 5Ws & 1H
Asking questions about your topic can help to focus it. The 5Ws & 1H are: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. Sometimes, we begin research with a vague notion of what we plan to write about. However, asking questions can help you to transform a fuzzy idea into something more concrete.
Find Background Information to Refine Your Topic:
Another way of focusing your topic is to find background information on it. Reference sources, such as encyclopedias, provide information about key concepts, events, and people associated with your topic.
Create a Research Question or Topic Statement & Identify Keywords
At some point during the research process, you'll be able to articulate questions or statements to guide your research. You can pull keywords from a research question or topic statement and plug them into library databases.