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Whether your instructor assigns you a topic or you choose one yourself, an effective way to begin your research is with a source that presents an overview of the issues. This will enable you to focus your topic while providing valuable background information for selecting articles and information from other resources. The following sources are recommended as starting points for identifying Political Science issues:

Congressional Digest
A monthly nonpartisan publication that presents analysis and debate on important public policy issues facing the U.S. Congress. Each month is devoted to a single controversial topic (Welfare Reform, School Prayer, Chemical Weapons, etc.) giving an overview and legislative background, followed by pro and con position papers from members of Congress. An index to "Issues by Topic" is available on the Congressional Digest's website. Print copies of the magazine are located in the Periodicals Department and full-text articles are available in Academic Search Premier. (Online Database - see below)

CQ Researcher*
A weekly publication addressing current social, political, economic, and international topics. Each issue includes a topic summary, a background overview, a chronology of important dates, a brief pro/con discussion, and an annotated bibliography. (Online Database - see below)

Opposing Viewpoints In Context*
This resource contains full-text controversial viewpoint articles on many subjects including political science issues. The "Spotlight Archive" link lists featured topics with brief essays and related documents. (Online Database - see below)

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Political Parties & Elections in the United States
Ref. JK 12261 P633 1991

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