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Jan 7 2008

Database Love

by Nolan R

Each month we highlight a different database on our home page.  Library databases are reference resources in electronic format; the Library subscribes to them so that patrons can access the information at no charge.

January’s Database of the Month is one of my favorites (yes, librarians have things like favorite databases)  and is an excellent resource for social science projects, as well as for anyone seeking in-depth information on current political and social issues. 

Cq1_7CQ Researcher is published weekly (44 times a year) by Congressional Quarterly.  The Reference Dept. at the Decatur Library receives the paper edition each week and keeps editions from past years in bound volumes dating back to 1991, but the electronic version is available anywhere you have Internet access!  (Access from outside the Library requires current DCPL Library card and PIN.)

CQ Researcher’s reports are non-biased and contain original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news.  Recent reports include topics such as: Future of Recycling, Protestants Today, Disappearing Species, U.S. Policy on Iran, Prosecutors and the Law, Mortgage Crisis, Battling HIV/AIDS, and Aging Baby Boomers.

Each 12,000-word CQ Researcher report is a unique work, investigated and written by a seasoned journalist. It can be read in its entirety or by section, which include a background and chronology, an assessment of the current situation, tables and maps, pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, and bibliographies of key sources.  There’s even a “CiteNow!” link that will give you an instant citation in your choice of formats (APA, MLA, etc.).

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