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Freshman English: Current Events Topics

A guide for students in English 1101, 1102, and 1103

Useful Databases

The University library provides access to a variety of general databases. Click on the links below or explore a list of available article databases from this A to Z list.


Current Events and the Information Cycle



Wondering how current events cycle through various types of media? In this short video you will see how an event cycles through various forms of media over time.


The Information Cycle Continued

The Information Cycle follows the progession of coverage of a newsworthy event (i.e. current event) through various forms of media. Knowing about and understanding the information cycle will help you choose and evaluate information sources covering your topic.


News on the Web

Keep current with a few popular national and international news media outlets.

BBC News

The British Broadcasting Company offers news features from around the world on a wide variety of topics from technology and health. The website also includes access to special reports and video reports. Just use the tool bar near the top of the page to view top stories from other countries.


CNN features a searchable archives and live streaming video that is continuously updated throughout the day. 

FOX News

 Offers breaking news headlines and comprehensive news coverage from the U.S. and worldwide. 


Browse some of the podcasts NPR offers. Options like Tell Me More  captures news headlines along with a variety of topics (politics, spirituality, family, finance, arts, and lifestyle) relevant to multicultural life in America.