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Research 101: Browsing Research Topics

Getting Started With Research at Fullerton College Library

5 Databases to Browse for Research Topics

If you can choose any topic to investigate for your research paper but aren't sure how to choose a topic, take a look at some of these databases and browse the topics for ideas. From off-campus, you will prompted to log in with your ID number and last name before you can search these databases.

1. CQ Researcher

Search or browse this online collection of weekly news reports on current issues debated in the news.

cq researcher search boxcq researcher browse screen

2. Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Search or browse this online collection of  viewpoint essays, video and audio clips, statistical charts, and a variety of other source types that examine today's controversial issues.

opposing viewpoints search screen

3. Points of View Reference Center

Browse controversial topics by category. Each topic has an overview, argument, and counter argument.

Points of view reference center homepage

4. NexisUni

Browse recent news, legislation, and Supreme Court opinions in: Business | Criminal Justice | Political Science

discover topics screen from nexis uni

5. Statista

Search or browse this online collection of statistics by industry or popular topics.

statista browse screen


5 Websites to Browse for Ideas

1. Pew Research Topics - Browse reports from this nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. (Description taken from About PRC page.)

2. Room for Debate (NY Times) - The Times invites knowledgeable outside contributors to discuss news events and other timely issues. (Description take from About Room for Debate.)

3. Topics | Brookings  - Explore topics from the Brookings Institute

4. 5 Global Issues to Watch in...  (United Nations Foundation) - Search the web for "global issues to watch" for the latest and past lists of issues to watch from the United Nations Foundation.

5. Environmental Topics (US Environmental Protection Agency) - EPA research on key environmental issues/