Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: May 13, 2015     Views: 31

From your email address, it seems that you are a student at Lone Star College. You've contacted College of the Mainland. Academic databases are only available to an institution's own students, so you will need to access the databases through your library's website (linked below). However, I can still tell you how to search your databases and where to find them.

Your school's Current Issues database page is linked below. Our colleges have most of the same databases, so I can still give you tips on searching. Access the Research Databases: Current Issues page (1st link), and from there you will find the links you need. To access the databases, you will have to log in with your 14 digit barcode on the back of your ID/Library card if you are off-campus.

I have also linked to your library home page, in case you want to chat with a Lone Star College librarian. The third link is to your school's Research Guides, which will give you tips on using the databases. Select the link to your campus. Just in case you are also enrolled in College of the Mainland, I am linking to our Databases Guide, which links to the databases I describe to you below. You can find them under the Hot Topics tab.

Select the link for Opposing Viewpoints and:

  1. Type creationism into the search bar at the top right. This will take you to the Creationism topic page. The article at the top center is an overview. The Viewpoints are pro/con articles on the topic.
  2. Select the "View all 48" link to the right of the Viewpoints heading, directly under the overview article. Some of the articles are in support of teaching creationism.

Also try CQ Researcher.

  1. Again, search for creationism in the search bar on the top right. The result list has some promising articles, including "Science & Religion", "Evolution vs. Creationism", and "Intelligent Design".
  2. Click on the title links to access the full report.
  3. Use the table of contents on the left-hand side of the page. It includes links such as Current Situation, Pro/Con, Chronology, etc. 

Issues & Controversies (Facts on File) also has articles.

  1. Type creationism into the search bar on the top left.
  2. Once you run your search, click the title links to access the articles.

Academic Search Complete has articles as well. This database requires a few more steps.

  1. Search for creationism.
  2. Once you have your result list, use the limiters on the left to narrow down the number of articles. Check the box next to Full Text and also References Available (meaning the articles will have their own Works Cited page).
  3. Also update the publication date, so you only have newer articles. Generally, for current event topics, you want articles no older than 5-10 years.
  4. Use the Subject-Thesaurus term limiter. Click to expand. You will see a short list of EBSCO subject terms.
  5. Click the show more link at the bottom of the short subject list to see all the subjects.
  6. Put checks in the boxes next to the subjects that pertain to your topic. Definitely choose creationism, then any other term that fits your thesis.

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