Research Starters

We all use Wikipedia, but if you want something authoritative and reliable, Britannica® Academic is a great option. Like all encyclopedias, this source is a good way to find background information on a topic. 

CQ Researcher is a great source for information about current events and controversies. However, it also has some useful historical information, usually about political events (ex. U.S.-Iran relations). We recommend this source when you're having difficulty coming up with a topic. It's also a good tool if you already have an idea, but aren't sure what direction to take. 

 
Opposing Viewpoints is a great source for information about current events, especially controversial ones. They provide a wide variety of sources on each topic - everything from opinion essays to scholarly articles. We recommend this source when you're having difficulty coming up with a topic. It's also a good tool if you already have an idea, but aren't sure what direction to take.
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This source is very similar to Opposing Viewpoints in Context - it's a good place to look for information on controversial issues.

Background Sources

 
 
 
 
 
The encyclopedias and other sources on this guide provide good overview information, including key search terms and often lists of more sources.
 
Additional print sources on the Biological Sciences can be found in the QH - QR  call number area of the first floor Reference section.

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