Introduction to Library Research

This guide provides help in getting started on a research project. It covers topic selection, finding resources, evaluating sources, writing tips and more. It includes a virtual tour of Trexler Library

Hot Topics

For current sources on controversial topics, you can consult:

Electronic source:

Issues and Controversies

Book series in the Trexler Library collection:

Internet Research Tools

Visuwords - This search tool allows users to look up words and find their meanings and their relationships with other words.  This is another handy tool to use when you are just starting your research.

The Book Shelf

Popular Magazines with Viewpoints

The following magazines are noted for their news and opinions.  The titles are listed according to their "liberal" or "conservative" point of view.  All are available in full-text, either through one of our subscription databases or in the library journal collection in the stacks on the first floor.  Following each title is the list of sources you can use to retrieve the full-text article.


Contemporary Review   (Academic Search Premier)

Dissent   (Academic Search Premier)

Monthly Review   (Academic Search Premier)

Mother Jones   (Academic Search Premier)

Nation   (Academic Search Premier &/or Paper copy in the Library)

New Republic    (Academic Search Premier, Business Source Elite, Paper copy in the Library)

New Statesman   (Academic Search Premier, Business Source Elite) 

Progressive   (Academic Search Premier)

Tikkun   (Academic Search Premier)

Washington Monthly   (Academic Search Premier, Business Source Elite)



American Enterprise     (Business Source Elite 1994 to 2006)

American Spectator    (Academic Search Premier)

Commentary     (Academic Search Premier)

First Things     (Academic Search Premier)

Human Events    (Academic Search Premier)

Modern Age     (Academic Search Premier, Professional Development Collection, Paper copy in the Library)

National Interest     (Academic Search Premier)

National Review     (Academic Search Premier, Paper copy in the Library)

New Criticism     (Academic Search Premier)

Policy Review     (Academic Search Premier)

World     (Newspaper Source)