CQ Researcher’s New Interface

cqresearcher 2013One of my favorite sources, CQ Researcher, is celebrating it’s 90th anniversary!  CQ Researcher is honoring this long standing resource with a new interface and a new feature – Hot Topics.  The Hot Topics section should hit the target for many English Composition research papers.

The  feature that offers special, up-to-date reports and chronologies on 20 of the most-researched topics, including obesity, abortion, and marijuana legalization. The site also includes improvements in the browse and search functionality, a new logo, and a clean site design that makes all content easier to read and navigate.

Published 44 times a year, CQ Researcher reports feature 12,000 words of footnoted text, bibliographies, a timeline of events, charts and graphs, photographs and more. Reports offer comprehensive analysis of topics ranging from climate change, gay marriage and immigration to conflict in the Middle East, the impact of social media on society, and gun control.

So for your next Pro/Con paper check out CQ Researcher.

You might also want to view our Hot Topic – Leading Issues which includes CQ Researcher  with a video on how to use the new interface and a host of other great library resources including Opposing Viewpoints and SIRS – Leading Issues.

Are you being stalked?

stalking2If you are being stalked, you are not alone. Four years ago, the U.S. Government issued a 12-month period report on people who said they were being stalked. What were their findings?


Do you feel the number of people being stalked today is greater than in 2009?

To read the full report see Stalking Victimization in the United States

Library Resources to learn more:

In Context Gale Databases Get New Features

Gale In Context resources have been updated with the following enhancements:

  • Enhanced Search Assist
  • Enhanced Portal Page Layout
  • Reduced white space throughout portal pages
  • Multimedia more prominent
  • Expert picks now called “featured viewpoints”
  • Full text limiter option turned on by default

Check out this PDF  – InContextEnhancements to SEE all the new changes NOW LIVE.

This applies to the following databases:

Also updated with a new front end is the Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers. When you enter it’s called Gale NewsVault. I have the left the name as Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers we only own the one history collection of newspapers.

Opposing Viewpoints

“My teacher basically rewrote my research paper. Do I need to cite her as a source?”
(Asked by a student learning how to create citations)
Diana Pierce
Leander High School
Leander, TX

Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

Included is a Citation tool that creates instant citations, mapped to the most current MLA and APA standards. It was used to create this citation for an article on plagiarism and copyright infringement:

“Plagiarism Is Different from Copyright Infringement.” Copyright Infringement. Ed. Roman Espejo. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2009. Opposing Viewpoints. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 13 Dec. 2010.

For more about Pro and Cons checkout our Featured Topic on the Library’s website.


Opposing Viewpoints

“I’m on the computer and I can’t feed my zoo.”

Patricia Gould
Fort Walton Beach Public Library
Fort Walton Beach, FL

In just six years, Facebook has propelled social networking from being an online network of U.S. college students into an everyday habit for 500 million people of all generations around the world. The company says members spend 700 billion minutes each month on the site and that more than 1 million external websites are tied into its platform.
Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg outlined a vision for how Facebook can benefit from a new generation of companies that make social networking part of their DNA.
Learn more about the evolution of Facebook and the pros and cons of social networking in learning environments in Opposing Viewpoints in Context.