CQ Researcher Plus Archive

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What is CQ Researcher?

A database of in-depth, original reports on major and current issues.

Reports include summaries, pro/con viewpoints, charts/graphs, timelines, bibliographies and more.

Reports are written by seasoned journalists. While not considered "scholarly literature," these reports are authoritative.


Opening the database

Go to the Library website:

Click on the Databases tab and select 'CQ Researcher Plus Archive' under 'Frequently Used Databases'

In the new window select 'CQ Researcher Plus Archive'

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Browsing Reports

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Not sure what topic to research?

You can browse reports using the drop-down menu located at the top left of the page.

If you have a general area of interest, hover the mouse over Browse Topics and click on a category to view a list of reports.

You can also click on Browse Topics to reveal the list of categories.

Browsing Reports

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Try it!

1. Click Browse Topics.

2. Choose Education.

3. Select the category most relevant to college student loans.


Which report was published most recently?

 Source Evaluation Tip

Report Sections

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Quickly navigate to different report sections using the left-hand table of contents.

Try it!

Open the report Student Debt and explore the different report sections.

Screen shot of Reports Section

Report Sections

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Some report sections provide lists of additional information sources:

  • Next Steps
  • Footnotes
  • Bibliography

Go to the Bibliography section of the Student Debt report.

Which source category contains the most bibliographic entries?

Report Sections

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Items in the Maps/Graphs section may by copied and pasted into documents and presentations.

Just remember to cite the source!

Maps and Graphs Screen shot

Quick Search

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Already know a topic you want to explore?

Perform a search of the database using the 'Quick Search' box located at the top of the homepage.

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In the Quick Search box, enter the following search query: organ w/2 don* and click search (magnifying glass).

What's that search query mean?

Quick Search

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Search results are ordered by relevance, but you can click on a column heading to sort results by: 

  • Title
  • Topic
  • Date

Advanced Search

Most of the time, Quick Search is sufficient. Advanced Search allows you to restrict results by:

  • Date Range
  • Topic
  • Report Section

The database understands the following search operators:





Quotation Marks ""

Asterisk *

Exclamation point !

Cite, Email, Save

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The menu bar at the top of the page provides options for citing the full report or specific report sections.

Try it!

1. Search for the report Plagiarism and Cheating and then open it.

2. Click Cite Now! on the menu at the top of the page.

3. Choose a citation style (APA is the default).

4. Copy and paste the citation.

You can also import a citation into a bibliographic management tool. (RefWorks, EndNote, or Zotero) Just click the 'Export citation to' drop down menu and select your program.

Cite, Email, Save

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Emailing and Saving

Email yourself a link or print the full report or a specific report section using the drop-down menus at the top of the page.

Click the View PDF link to save the report on your computer.

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Research Department Updated 4/15


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Find the report that analyzes celebrities' impact on political and social issues.

According to a table in the maps/graph section of the report, which issue receives the most charitable contributions from celebrities?


To search for words of the root environment (environmentalist, environmental), which is the correct search?

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