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English 120 Communication Skills: Writing

A guide to library resources and research for ENG110, 120, and 122 students

Information Sources for News, Current Events, and Controversial Issues

  Imagine you are planning to write a paper on race-based barriers to gainful employment or to professional advancement.

  Possible keywords (terms) to use when searching for books and/or articles:
  "racial inequality" OR "racial bias" OR "racial discrimination" 


  "career advancement" OR "professional advancement"

Be flexible when choosing keywords. Research is a process of trial and error - including choosing keywords. See the Refining Your Topic box in this guide to learn more about developing useful keywords.

Articles in Research Databases

You can search for articles in WorldCat Discovery the same way as you search for books by checking off the box in front of ”Articles” instead of "Books." 

Another place to find excellent articles is to search in the Research Databases A to Z list. Several databases are dedicated to current or controversial issues with articles from sources, such as articles from magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals.

To access the current events databases, select News and Current Events from the "All Subjects" drop-down menu on the left side of the A to Z list page.

Image of A-Z databases page with a maroon box around the "Subjects" drop-down, the left-most of all the drop-down filter options.

Start with these databases listed on the News and Current Events page:

US Newsstream
Searches the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format.

CQ Researcher
Reports address controversial current issues. Includes historical perspective, recent developments, statistics, opposing viewpoints, and sources for additional research.

New York Times (1980 - Current)
Publishes the complete text of important documents, speeches and presidential press conferences.

Opposing Viewpoints
Covers many current social issues, features updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, images and other resources.

You have free access to The New York Times Academic Pass during your time at Iona, allowing access to current digital edition and archives of the New York Times. For researching controversial issues, check both current and archived Opinion pieces in the New York Times to understand how conversations around that topic have changed over time.


Please refer to the eBooks tab on the Research Essentials Research Guide.


On the A to Z list of Databases, under the heading "Popular Databases," on the right hand side of the page, search in Video Sources to get access to videos relevant to academic subjects, documentaries, interviews, besides feature films.