Research Guides


Listed below are resources that may be helpful in your research. If you need additional help, please see the Reference Librarian or your Instructor.

CQ Researcher (Periodical Collection; First Floor)
Each issue of CQ Researcher discusses a topic from opposing viewpoints. CQ Researcher is a biweekly publication that is located in alphabetical order in the library’s periodical collection at the south end of the first floor.

Taking Sides, Clashing Views on Controversial Issues (REF HN17.5 T34)
Each book of the Taking Sides Series discusses a topic from opposing viewpoints. Look through the subject list of the last volume (Index Volume) to choose a topic. Older issues of the Taking Sides Series are available for checkout and are located under the same call number on the second floor.

Issues and Controversies on File (REF JK1 I77)
A biweekly publication summarizing current issues and controversies in political, economic, social and scientific areas.
Also available online through the Infobase Online Database.

Opposing Viewpoints Series (Circulating Collection; Second Floor)
Each book of the Opposing Viewpoints Series discusses a topic from opposing viewpoints. Books of the Opposing Viewpoints Series are available for checkout and are located on the second floor. You can view a list of the Opposing Viewpoints subjects on the library’s online card catalog by typing in OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS while doing a TITLE search.

Library Catalog

Online Card Catalog
The RSC online card catalog is an index to the library’s books and audiovisual materials. You may search the catalog from any computer with Internet access. The online card catalog can be searched in a variety of ways most notably by TITLE, AUTHOR, SUBJECT, and KEYWORD.

Several good resources are:
Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations (REF PN6081 B27) (Internet Edition)
The Gallup Poll: Public Opinion (REF HN90 P8 G35)
Statistical Abstract of the United States (REF HA202 A385)

Online Databases

Before entering the RSC Online Databases from off-campus, you will need to activate your campus username and password. Stop by the Reference Desk in the Library, and we will assist you in getting on the network. After completing this process on campus, you will be able to utilize any of the databases from wherever you have Internet access. More complete instructions may be found on the online database page. When logging into the databases from off-campus, students enter: rscusername (network log-in). Example: rscSM1234567

EBSCOhost, Infobase, NewsBank and SIRS will be the best databases for your research.


Although an unorganized resource, the Internet does contain valuable information on both sides of controversial issues. The library’s research links will be most helpful for your assignment.

For resources related to writing your paper try the LRC's Writing Links and Research Tips.

For other ideas to find quality Internet sources, start your search at The Internet Public Library