English 120 Communication Skills: Writing
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.
Start with these databases listed on the News and Current Events page:
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.
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.
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.
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