Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Dec 03, 2015     Views: 32

To get articles on Hot and Controversial topics, go to our database guide, linked below. It is also linked on the library homepage, FYI, in the Get to the Good Stuff Box.

The database guide lists all of our databases, and it's organized by subject. For your assignment, look for the Hot Topics page at the top of the guide. Click the page to see a list of databases that can be used for controversial topics.

Find the Opposing Viewpoints link and click to access the database. Type the phrase gay parents into the search bar at the top. Select their suggested autocomplete and hit search. This takes you to the main page for the subject.

The top article is an overview article. The Viewpoints (pro/con) articles are listed below. Click the number to see them all. If you want to narrow your results, look for the Limit Search By header on the right with subjects listed underneath, and click the green + to expand and see all subtopics. Click one of them to get more relevant results.

Once you find an article, click the title to access. Your MLA citation is at the very bottom and other tools such as print, email, etc.

You can also try CQ Researcher. Go back to the Hot Topics page in the databases guide to get the link. The topic is worded differently in this database. Use the search phrase gay AND children. The AND in all caps tells the database to find articles that mention both of these words. 

The 1st article is titled Gay Marriage, but if you click the title and get to the article, you can search for the word child (or any keyword) by using your browser's Find function. I've linked to instructions for Chrome and Firefox below.

To get your MLA style citation, click the Cite Now! link at the top right of the article. The default style is APA, so choose MLA Style from the options at the top of the citation box. You can print and email sections of the article or the whole thing, and those tools are to the left of the Cite Now! option.

I'm including a link to our guide, How to Research Hot Topics. On the guides homepage, you'll see links to get instructions on using specific databases, including the ones mentioned above, and others that are also good for these papers.




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