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Finding articles

General Information on a Topic


Sometimes you just need general information on a topic.  Where should you look?




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  • If you are looking for a current story in the news, you might try one of the sources listed in our Current News Guide, which lists a number of popular newspapers and magazines you can access at the PGCC library. 


  • If you are looking for information on a significant issue or controversy like abortion, climate change, or elections, try one of our issue databases like CQ Researcher, Opposing Viewpoints, or Global Issues.  These databases organize a wide variety of types of sources - including newspaper and journal articles, audio, video, and statistics - about each issue on a single page. 


  • You can do a library search for reference articles.   These are short articles from specialized encyclopedias and other publications that provide an excellent introduction to a topic.  They will show up in any search of the library catalog.  You can limit your search to only reference articles by clicking Reference under Content Type in the left column.  Sometimes reference articles will also appear in the right column when you search for a topic. 


  • If you are looking for reference articles, you might also try one of our reference databases like Credo Reference.  Some of them have interesting features like the Mind Map below that provides a visual, interactive way to search for information.