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English 085 - Lindquist: Library Research

Library resources for students in English 085 researching controversial topics.

Sources for Your Project

The databases on this page should help you find sources for your project. There are video tutorials for two of the databases. The tutorials give you an overview of how each database works. If you are having any difficulty using the databases and finding sources for your topic, please contact a librarian. Email us at or use the Live Chat service when the library is open for service (on the right on this page). We want to help!

Video Tutorials

Video tutorials:  In Context: Opposing Viewpoints & Academic Search Complete


Issues Databases

These library databases contain sources for many current, controversial topics - articles from magazines, newspapers and academic journals, as well as opinion essays. The opinion pieces present  particular viewpoints about controversial topics. These databases are also a great place to start if you are looking for a topic. Browse the available topics in the database and find something that interests you. 

Finding More Articles - Library Databases

How to Find Articles - Step by Step

To find articles, use the library databases on the Library websiteAcademic Search Complete and Academic OneFile Select  are two multi-subject databases that can be a good place to start. Follow these steps for finding articles:

  1. Keep your search simple. Enter basic terms for each aspect of your topic, such as "energy drinks and health."
  2. Use the limiting options available on most databases. Common limiters are full-text, date, and source type. Articles from academic (scholarly) journals may be required for some assignments.
  3. Evaluate your results. Use the title of the article, the abstract (summary) and the subject terms to determine if the articles are relevant to you. If you want different or additional results, try different search terms. (college costs vs. student loan debt) Remember to keep it simple. Contact a librarian if you need help with your search. 
  4. To display the full article, click on the PDF icon, the "HTML Full Text," or other full text icon. Clicking the "Full Text Finder" icon will take you to the full article in a different database. 
  5. Please contact a librarian if you need any assistance.

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