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Fullerton College Library

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

Browse Topics > Subtopics > Reports 

For example: Health > Mental Health > Suicide Crisis

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

For example, browsing the mental health page, there are several viewpoints, or opinion pieces, that provide ideas for further exploration, such as mental health (MH) days, MH crisis on college campuses, MH laws, and impact of violent media on MH.

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

Political Science: U.S. Presidential Election, U.S. Supreme Court, Immigration, Islamic State

Criminal Justice: Police Shootings, Cybercrime, Counterterrorism, Social Media and Law Enforcement

Business: Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, Blockchain Technology, Brexit

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. Policy 2020 Brookings  - The Brookings Institute unpacks the issues shaping the 2020 election through fact-based analysis 

4. 5 Global Issues to Watch in 2020  (United Nations Foundation) - With 2019 behind us, 2020 is already testing how we work together to address critical challenges at home and across borders. Support for international cooperation hangs in the balance at precisely the moment when robust collaboration is needed most. From promoting climate change and sustainability, to averting conflict within and between nations, to confronting the systemic forces that create unequal societies, in 2020 we must answer the question: How resolved are we to confront the challenges and embrace the opportunities ahead, and what is needed to do so?

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