This summer the library added a new online resource to our collection, CQ Researcher.
CQ Researcher fills a need none of our other resources provide. Use it for background, pros/cons on most social or political issues. Previously we used Opposing Viewpoints for this purpose but the quality of this resource deteriorated and we could no longer recommend it for our community. We recently had a student looking for pros and cons of fracking and this was the go to resource. It will be especially useful for English class essays in the fall. Check it out!
Each report includes an overview, background information, chronology, pro/con feature, and sources for additional research.
From CQ Researcher’s website: “CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Our reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short “sidebar” features round out the reports. Shorter “Hot Topics” articles provide a solid introduction to subjects most in demand by students.”
It includes many useful features for conducting research or preparing to write a paper, including citation tools, here is an example at the end of the Online Dating report:
Often when you are looking for information on current events, you start at Wikipedia, which is great for getting a sense of a topic. When you’re ready to find researched information on current ‘hot topics’, or get a sense of where to find good sources, CQ Researcher is a big help.
They publish many reports a year on current issues, and these reports read much like a Wikipedia article, only the content is vetted and is written by experts, so the content is very reliable. Whether you are working on a paper, creating a class presentation, or trying to develop a pro/con argument, CQ Researcher will be a great tool.
Access CQ Researcher 24/7 through the library website – user your Wentworth ID and password to access from off campus. View a brief tutorial for more information on how to use CQ Researcher.