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CMM 344 - Opinion Writing

Reference Sources | CQ Researcher | Polls | Journal Articles | Government Information | World Wide Web

The purpose of this course research guide is to acquaint you with some of the resources in the University Library and on the World Wide Web useful for locating information on your topic. Should you have questions, stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor. You may also call the Reference Desk at (334) 229-4110 during the hours the Library is open.

 

Reference Sources

Sources in the Library's Reference Collection can help you find brief factual information quickly. Browse the Reference collection for books with call numbers starting with the letters listed here. If your topic does not fall under these categories, ask for assistance at the Reference Desk.

Call Number Areas

  • HM - HZ
    social issues, for example families, women, children, aging, crime
  • R
    health issues

CQ Researcher

Each CQ Researcher (ASU) report focuses on a single topic related to social, economic, political, health, or environmental issues. They provide a chronological overview and detail recent developments and opposing viewpoints. Each includes a bibliography that can lead you to other sources of information on your topic.

Polls

Polls are good indicators of public opinion on various issues reported in the news.

Journal Articles

The best method for finding journal articles is to use one of the Library's online article databases. For additional information on the databases listed below and for others, explore our list of databases. Our databases are easily accessible off campus by clicking on the database name and typing in the information requested. If you need additional assistance with accessing the databases, contact Cedric Davis (334 229-6998).

Not all of our databases provide access to the entire text of articles. If the text of an article is not available in a database, consult these:

  • Serials Solutions (ASU) - to determine if the article is available in another online database.
  • HORNetCat - for journals to which the Library subscribes. These are housed in the Serials Department on the third floor.
  • Interlibrary Loan - to order those articles not available in the Library or via a full-text database.

Databases

Government Information

Federal and state governments publish a plethora of information on many topics. Although the University Library is not a depository for government documents, you can request documents through Interlibrary Loan. You may also visit the Library at Auburn University Montgomery, which is a depository.

Federal Government Information

Alabama Government Information

  • Alabama Government Manual
    Main Reference Desk: JK 4531 .A42 1994
  • Alabama.gov
Government Statistical Information

World Wide Web

The World Wide Web is an outstanding but often bewildering source of information. Not everything you find will be authoritative, accurate, and valid. Try searching one of these to find more reliable Web sites.

Course Research Guides | Information Literacy Program

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University Library & Learning Resources Center
Authored by: Barbara Hightower, Information Literacy Librarian
All contents copyright 2003-04, ASU. All rights reserved.
August 6, 2004
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