Try these sources for background, legislation, advocacy and proposals related to current controversies, events and trends.
Get beyond Google News, see a different picture of national and global headlines:
There are 500+ "Opposing Viewpoints" books available in Hillman Library and online. You can follow the links below to browse the full list, or limit on the left of the screen to view only ebooks.
Add a second search term to the saved search in PittCat+ (examples: hackers, drunk driving, obesity, etc.) to find a book on a specific topic: PittCat+
Books are shelved by Call Number, mostly on the 3rd floor, BF - NZ, with some also along the Posvar Hall & David Lawrence sides of the 4th floor, P - Z.
Use the two letters at the start of the Call Number to find the exact location for a book, using a map from the Desk or this Floor Plan PDF. You can also have books placed on hold for you at the main Desk, using the "Get It!" feature in the book's PittCat listing.
Browsing popular magazine headlines, Google News, journals in your field of study or current-event databases can help you find a topic of interest.
1. Brainstorm possible topic ideas
2. Review assignment requirements
3. List keywords to define your topic
4. Gather background information on your topic
It's hard to get started if you don't know much about your topic. Do some general reading in things like encyclopedias and subject-specific dictionaries to get an overview of the topic. This is also a great first step towards refining your topic.
Adapted from Duke University Libraries (Thanks, Duke librarians!)