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Current Issues Research Guide - LSC-North Harris

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For specialized research topics, consult a librarian for resources that include your subject area.

CQ Researcher Video Tutorial

Issues and Controversies Video Tutorial

LexisNexis AcademicFind news sources, laws, court rulings, and law reviews for state and federal courts.


Opposing ViewpointsGet background information, articles, statistics, and read for or against opinion essays on major controversial topics. Video Tutorial

Choose Keywords

These words are the main concepts of your topic statement. Before you begin looking for information, select up to 3 key words to begin your research. To save time, generate a list of related key words to use for back up information searches.

SAMPLE TOPIC: The Problem of Binge Drinking by College Students Cannot Be Solved by Banning Alcohol Use on Campus


PRIMARY SUBJECT: binge drinking OR college students, alcohol
KEY WORDS: binge drinking, college students, ban, alcohol
RELATED WORDS: campus, hazing, fraternities

Contains thousands of articles, from multiple publishers, on almost all subjects. (Video Tutorial)

 US Major Dailies


For more databases, see Research Databases: Current Issues.

Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID).  Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.


Statistial Abstract of the United States

  • Find statistical data on the United States population, industries, and more.
  • Video Tutorial: PQ Statistical Abstract

Other Sources


eBook CollectionMulti-subject electronic book collection (Video tutorial)

Physical Books


Library Catalog

  1. Enter search terms.
  2. Browse search results and click on the title to view the detailed item record.
  3. Scroll to the bottom for availability, collection, location, and call number.
  4. To find the book on the shelf you will need the complete call number.
  • To request a book from another location, click "Place Hold" then type in your library barcode number and your PIN.

Library Catalog Video Tutorials

Locate writing help on the Web at the following sites:

Evaluating Information button

Do my sources pass the CRAP test?

Each of my sources are:

  • Current
  • Reliable & Relevant
  • Authoritative & Accurate
  • Proper Purpose & Point-of-view

See video tutorials:

MLA Style


Video Introduction to MLA 8 (7 min)






Video Introduction to MLA 7 (7 min)








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