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Current Events & Controversial Issues

Explore library and Internet resources and searching tips for when you're researching a topic that is current and/or controversial.

Pro + Con resources for multiple perspectives on controversial issues in the headlines

National + International news and magazines

Local + State news and magazines

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For help evaluating information, check out this video:


And for further help, check out these two infographics for tips on reading news:

         How to spot fake news Breaking News Consumer's Handbook


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We know citations can be difficult to format because there are so many rules! Check out this guide reviewing citations for APA, MLA, and Chicago styles.

The Writing Center is also a great resource if you have questions about your writing and formatting according to citation conventions.

Research is a complex process that involves many moving parts. If you're struggling finding sources it could mean taking your topic in a different direction so that you have a more researchable approach. This video has some suggestions on developing a topic

It's also possible that the keywords you're using aren't the best for finding things in databases. Consider what you know about your topic and--in the broadest terms possible--brainstorm the essential words that matter to you. This video has some tips for coming up with keywords.

The best option would be to come speak to a librarian to discuss your search process and get personalized advice on finding quality, relevant information. If you're in Bend, come visit a librarian during our open hours. If that's not convenient, you can chat with a librarian 24/7 by clicking here, email a COCC librarian directly by clicking here, or book an appointment with a librarian to come to your campus on your schedule by clicking here.

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