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Choosing a Topic -- Looking for Ideas
Specialized databases and websites explain issues within broader contexts and from differing viewpoints. This helps with understanding the "big picture" and can often help with forming ideas for narrowing topics.
Browse or search recent reports, and pay particular attention to the beginning overview and the "Issues for Congress" section of the report. You may not use the CRS report as a source in your project, but it can spark some ideas for you to follow up on.
Fulltext multidisciplinary database of academic journals, magazines, periodicals and other reports, 19th century to present.
Academic Search Ultimate is an excellent source of scholarly journals in all academic disciplines. More than 13,600 journals are indexed and full text is provided for more than 9,000. Searchable cited references are provided for selected titles
These interdisciplinary databases provide access to articles from general and professional magazines, scholarly journals and some newspapers.