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Selecting a Research Topic: Choose the Right One for You! (Library Workshop)

Online Reference Databases


Points of View Reference Center™ is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides 200 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of today's most important issues. Each report is on a single topic—more than 12,000 words of text and extensive bibliographies. Each weekly issue provides up-to-date information on controversial subjects written by CQ's staff of experienced reporters.

When you conduct a search in Library One Search (Rider University Libraries' default search), an entry from Research Starters might appear at the top of your results.  Database results can be very specific, so use a research starter or another reference source to get some background knowledge and learn what search terms to include and to exclude.


Shows Research Starter for search "marijuana legalization"