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Featured Database: Optics InfoBase
You can use databases to easily find organized collections of articles, journals, news, streaming videos, primary sources, data, and more!
Here’s one of our favorites:
What’s in it?
CQ Researcher Online provides easy to read reports on important contemporary and historic “hot topics.” Each report includes a pro/con review of the issue. A wide range of topics are covered, from social and political issues to environment, health, education, crime, climate change, public policy, and science and technology. Reports often include a chronology, contacts and maps and graphs. The resources used are fully cited and often available to read.
Why should you use it?
This database is essential for finding the main points and counterpoints of many topics being debated in nearly every academic field. An important part of successfully making an argument is not only being able to validate your points, but to acknowledge and disprove the opposing argument. This site makes it exceptionally simple to do so!
Who should use it?
With such a vast amount of hot topics explored on the database, it can be used by anyone, from those curious about an unfamiliar topic who are looking to form their own opinion to those who are working on in-depth academic research.
Why use a database?
When you use a specific database, rather than a search engine or discovery tool, you often can find more relevant sources. For example, subject databases include sources about that subject only, rather than a general search engine or discovery tool that includes information about everything. This way you don’t have to wade through thousands of irrelevant results!
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