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Last Updated: Aug 16, 2016     Views: 6

While there is no database that provides this feature for peer-reviewed journals, one database does have a pro/con section for each topic covered, CQ Researcher.  It claims to "provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day." 

What I suggest is students consult CGR to find/understand the pros and cons of an issue and then using keywords/phrases from that source, go to Academic Search Complete (a general academic database) and construct a search for peer-reviewed journals.

You can browse CQR by Pro/Con topic:

http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/toc.php?mode=cqres-procon


For example, an article on the Tea Party offers Pro/Con on:

Does the Tea Party movement represent another Great Awakening?

http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/document.php?id=cqresrre2010031906

Some Pros:

Tea Party movement is a symptom of a much broader phenomenon,

Over the past year they've expressed their dissatisfaction at Tea Party rallies

expect a lot more of this grassroots activism, in both parties

And they're planning what to do next, using the Internet and talk radio.

Some Cons:

Tea Party movement is indeed revivalist, but it revives not the egalitarian impulses of the 1740s or 1830s

it rehashes a tradition of racial, antigovernment populism that stretches

Why are we seeing this wave of protest now? The Tea Party movement has emerged out of the confluence of two momentous events: an enormous economic crisis and the election of a black president.

I've highlighted some keywords that could be used in constructing a search.

Of course if students have a good understanding of the issue, they can come up with keywords/phrases they'd want to see in the results of a search.

We do have a series of print titles that does this as well, Taking Sides.  These are located in the Research Service department on the first floor of the library.  These are somewhat dated but do have good basic material to start students on the search.


If you have additional questions, you can contact me, lynn.hoffmann@sru.edu or your English Librarian, brooke.boyd@sru.edu

Lynn

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