Answered By: Kathleen Goldfarb
Last Updated: Oct 09, 2015     Views: 16

To find articles on this subject, follow the link below to our Databases libguide.  Select the Hot Topics & News tab to view the databases most appropriate for finding articles on this topic.

Facts on File : Issues & Controversies and Gale : Opposing Viewpoints are good places to find introductory information  and basic arguments about current issues like concealed guns.  You can find them with a basic search for concealed handgun in the search bar.

The databases provided by EBSCO (Academic Search Complete is good for scholarly articles, MasterFile Premier is good for magazines), are much larger but also contain articles about concealed handguns.  You can start off with a basic search for concealed weapons though this will retrieve thousands of articles, not all of which may be relevant. You can narrow this down to a more manageable and relevant list of results through the options on the left side of the screen.  Limit to full-text, and then select subjects from the Subject: Thesaurus Term tab that are relevant to your search.  There should be one for gun control available, as well as others that would narrow the search down further. You could also try entering more detailed criteria in the search bar if you are looking for articles on a particular facet of the subject.

Also try different words with similar meanings, e.g. I used 'concealed guns' in one of my suggestions, 'concealed  handguns' and 'concealed weapons' in another.  If you put qoutes (") around your search terms, they will be searched as a phrase, not individual words that may appear anywhere in the article.

You can find more information about using the databases in our How to Use Hot Topics Databases libguide.

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