Research Guide for

POLS 1130 US Politics (Klages)


Pro/Con Articles and Topic Help

Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context)
Opposing Viewpoints in ContextTopic overviews, opinion articles, and additional sources on social, economic, and political issues.

CQ Researcher
Reports on controversial issues of national importance (health care, public safety, education, environment, etc.). Each report is on a single topic. Helpful as a topic overview. 

Issues & Controversies
A collection of issue overviews, pro/con articles, court case summaries, editorial cartoons, and other resources for debate on controversial topics.

Find Articles

The Economist

A weekly magazine covering international politics, economics, and business news. This link accesses The Economist through Academic OneFile.

How to Search: ​Enter a country name and/or topic in the "Search Within Publication" box to find articles mentioning those words.

screenshot of Economist search interface

ProQuest Major U.S. Newspapers
Search the 5 major U.S. newspapers all at once. Includes New York Times (including the Magazine and Book Review), Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal (including WSJ magazine).

Academic Search Premier (EbscoHost)
Articles in all subjects from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. An all-purpose database and often a good place to start.

Sign-up for New York Times Access

Note - You will need to create an account with the New York Times website in order to access its articles. Click here to create an account using your Normandale email address and a password. You will be registered for a yearly pass. After you register, use the email and password you registered with to log in to the website or app.

Find Films

Films On Demand
A streaming video service with documentaries, newsreels, and other educational films on many topics.

Find Books

Google Vs Library Resources

Search Using Keywords

Watch the Northwestern University Libraries video to learn how to use your topic question to come up with keywords (search terms).

Ask a Librarian

Call, e-mail, or chat with a librarian for more research assistance. We're happy to help!

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Access Databases from Off Campus

Off-Campus Access Info
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.


Cite your Sources (MLA)

MLA Quick Guide (PDF)
See MLA citation examples for the most common types of sources (9th 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.