Find Background Information

Use these databases to find articles on many current, social issues. These are good for finding background information.

Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context)
Opposing Viewpoints in ContextOpposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context) provides full-text articles and reference material on a wide range of social issues.

Points of View Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center contains issue overviews and controversial essays on multiple sides of current issues.

CQ Researcher
CQ Researcher report is dedicated to a single topic and is researched and written by a journalist. Each report includes background and chronology, an assessment of the current situation, pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, and bibliographies of further reading.


Find Articles

Use the library's online databases to find all types of articles. Scholarly journal articles (also called "peer-reviewed") reflect the latest research of experts in a field. They are often very specific, complex, and include substantial bibliographies. Non-scholarly articles (also called "popular press") are usually magazine and newspaper articles, written for the general public in a relatively short, easy-to-read format without bibliographies.

If an article you like does not appear in full text, click on the "Find Full Text" link to see if the full text is available in another database.

Combined Search

Combined Search helps find articles, books, and videos from the library collection.

Note: Combined Search results include both online content and paper books available for pickup at the library. Follow these instructions to request a book (PDF) be held for pickup.


Note: Combined Search will search many of our databases at the same time. Be specific when searching to get the best results. Use the keywords you brainstormed in class to make your search more specific.
Another way to find articles is to search one database at a time. Try one listed below for an alternative to Combined Search. Remember to use your keywords to get the best results.

Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database designed specifically for academic institutions. It includes articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and major newspapers.

Academic OneFile (Gale)
Academic OneFile (Gale)Academic OneFile offers sources on a wide range of topics from scholarly journals and magazines and newspapers.

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Cite your Sources (MLA)

MLA Quick Guide
See MLA citation examples for the most common types of sources (8th edition).

MLA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
This website offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, and the Works Cited page. Uses MLA 9th edition.

Access Databases from Off Campus

Access Databases from Off Campus
In order to access databases and other Library resources from off campus, login with your StarID and password when prompted.  Off-campus access to library databases is only available to current Normandale students, staff, and faculty.