This video tutorial will demonstrate how to access reports on current issues from the library database CQ Researcher.
To access library databases, click the gray Databases button on the library website.
CQ Researcher is listed under the Current Issues & Events subject, or alphabetically. CQ Researcher contains weekly reports on hot topics and controversial issues in the news. To access this database, click its title.
To log in, your username is your SF ID number @sfcollege.edu. On the next screen, enter your college password.
CQ Researcher publishes one report weekly. This database contains an archive of reports back to 1923.
Recent reports are listed near the bottom of the front page, along with upcoming reports.
The Hot Topics sidebar contains recent updates on popular topics.
If you do not yet have a topic, you may use the Browse Topics drop-down menu to locate one of interest to you.
You may search for a specific topic by using the search box in the upper right.
In the search results, pay close attention to the dates. Since this database contains archival reports, you want to be sure you are using the most recent information available. However, historical reports may provide useful information about the evolution of a topic. To access a report, click its title.
The full report is available on this page. You may read it immediately or navigate to different areas using the list of sections on the left. The toolbar located under the article title provides you with options to View PDF, Cite Now!, and Print. While you may email a report, you will not be able to use the emailed link to access the report off-campus.
The Cite Now! button will provide generated citations in APA, Chicago, and MLA format. Always review citations carefully as they may not be 100% correct.
CQ Researcher reports typically contain charts, graphs, and images that can be used to supplement a paper or presentation.
Text also contains footnotes so you can locate the original information. The Issue Tracker sidebar will provide other related reports, in descending chronological order. Depending on your topic, these related reports may be of interest to you.
Some search results are short reports. These have a red fire icon in the results list. Short reports are less in-depth than full reports, but are recent updates to a topic.
This concludes the video tutorial on CQ Researcher. If you still have questions, please contact a librarian.
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