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This is not a secret: all of us look for information on the internet. Sometimes it's the best place to search.
For your MCC work, however, you will frequently also need scholarly resources. Google has some scholarly content mixed in with a lot of websites and commercial content. The MCC Library has specialized collections (databases) of publications so you won't have to weed out so many unsuitable results. You will also get tools for fine tuning and even citing your results.
Decide first what kind of information you need at this stage of your essay. On this page you will find examples of resources that provide background information and news.
If you are just getting started, you'll want to understand the context of your topic or research question. The resources below can help. You can also explore them and those in the Perspectives, News and Current Events box to help choose what to research and write about.
Looking for basic facts?
Gather basic facts, terminology and background information from Credo's reference collection which includes specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries and atlases.The mind map feature can help you find keywords for your research.
Looking for more in-depth background information?
Very Short Introductions
Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions books offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subjects. Every month the newest Introductions are published online.
What Everyone Needs to Know
Written by leading authorities in their given fields, each volume in OUP’s acclaimed What Everyone Needs to Know® series offers a balanced and authoritative primer on complex current event issues and countries.
Looking for data and statistics?
Our World in Data
A free, open access collection of research and data to make progress against the world’s largest problems. Our World in Data publishes interactive data visualizations and summaries of the work of a global community of scholars to provide a comprehensive perspective on global living conditions and the earth’s environment.
Pew Research Center reports
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions.
Perspectives, News and Current Events
Note: Points of View provides Point and Counterpoint sections, useful when you need multiple perspectives on an issue. You can also try Credo's Pro/Con feature.
Issues & Controversies
Featuring a dynamic design and a wealth of features, Issues & Controversies helps researchers understand today’s crucial issues by exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.
Points of View Reference Center
A good starting place when researching controversial topics or writing an opinion paper. Has hundreds of topics, each with an overview, point, counterpoint and critical thinking guide.
Black Life In America
Provides comprehensive coverage of the African American experience from the early 18th century to the present day, sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 current and historical Black publications.
An open access digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century.
NewsBank Access World News
Current (updated daily) and archived news content from more than 12,700 sources spanning 200+ countries and territories, including full-text articles, web-only content, and PDF image editions. Includes the Union Leader. You can limit your search to NH or multicultural sources or try a topic search.
Includes national, international and regional newspapers, as well as television and radio transcripts including CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, and NPR.
Part of ProQuest Newsstand. Local, regional, national, and international newspapers, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal. Can also be searched via ProQuest Central.
MCC Library OneSearch
With MCC Library OneSearch, the search box on the library homepage, you can search multiple databases--containing background information, news and scholarly articles--even eBooks--at the same time. Another way to search is to choose a single database, such as one of those featured on this page. See more about searching in OneSearch.
To limit to news or magazine sources, look for and select these choices in database search results:
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