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ENG101 - S24- Cordero

Lesson and Resources

Recommended Sources and Searching Tips


Controversial Topics

  • CQ Researcher - reports providing in-depth, unbiased coverage of political and social issues
  • Opposing Viewpoints - reference, news, magazine, and journal articles as well as statistics, videos, audio clips and recommended websites providing pro and con coverage of controversial political and social issues

Periodicals - magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals


  • As you begin your research think about the search words you'll use.  For example, when searching for information on "self-driving vehicles" you might also try "autonomous vehicles" or "driverless vehicles."  Keep a list of your search words and add to it as you find new words.
  • When searching, use quotation marks to keep phrases together:  "voting rights'", "Black Lives Matter", "autonomous vehicles"
  • If you have too many results when using the library research databases try changing the search fields.  Here's an example from Academic Search Complete that shows the search fields changed to Subject Terms.  In other words, retrieved articles must really be about that subject, rather than just mentioning the words in a minor way.

sample Academic Search Complete search



The Spokane Public Library has a streaming service called Kanopy that includes an extensive collection of documentaries.  As an SCC student, you can use Spokane Public Library resources, regardless of whether you live in the city of Spokane or not.  This guide has information about how to access Kanopy.

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