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- to implement intellectual curiosity by identifying a narrowed down argument (a claim supported with reasoning) within a topic
- to persuade others that your argument (a claim supported by reasoning) is relevant to you, significant to your readers, and generally worthy of exploration.
Below are different source types to support your argument that are available to you at GSU Library. If you don't see what you need, visit our Databases page and read the descriptions. You are always welcome to contact your librarian, Sheeji Kathuria, for more help.
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Provides the full-text of journals in sociology and social work. This collection provides full-text coverage of many core titles included in Sociological Abstracts and Social Services Abstracts.
Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports in psychology. Includes information on related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law.
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A database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education providing access to educational-related literature to facilitate the use of educational research and information to improve practice. Access to ERIC is provided by EBSCO.
Reports on Opposing Viewpoints
Issues & Controversies
This database helps researchers understand today’s crucial issues by exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture. Updated weekly, with an extensive backfile, Issues & Controversies offers in-depth articles each presenting both sides of an issue clearly, coherently, and without bias made to inspire thought-provoking debates.
Provides in-depth coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy dating back to 1991.
Data and Polls
Polling the Nations
This is a critically acclaimed online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of more than 700,000 questions and responses from more than 18,000 surveys and 1,700 polling organizations, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.
Pew Research Center
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research.
Provides U.S. public opinion poll data through a full-text retrieval system organized at the question level. Note: GSU users can access the download data sets, many of which are available in SPSS format.
iPoll is now Roper iPoll. You must create a new account in order to access the new Roper iPoll.
An advanced Google search tip! Add "site:.gov" to your keyword search to limit to websites with a .gov domain. ".gov" sites are U.S. government sites, and include but are not limited to the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Census, etc.
Census Data (U.S. Census Bureau)
The U.S. Census Bureau offers the most comprehensive demographic data for the United States. The site includes information and statistics on the nation's population, housing, business and manufacturing activity, international trade, farming, and state and local governments.
Proquest Supreme Court Insight
Supreme Court Insight, 1975-2016, is a complete online collection of full opinions from Supreme Court argued cases, including per curiam decisions, dockets, oral arguments, joint appendices and amicus briefs. Content associated with each case is compiled on a dynamic page organized to facilitate understanding of the judicial process, and is also retrievable on a document-by-document basis. This collection covers content through the 2016/2017 term. Harmonized subject indexing facilitates the ability of researchers to assess specific cases and groups of cases.
Interviews and Documentaries
Academic Video Online
A comprehensive video collection that delivers over 70,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. Use link to sign in via our institution. Includes films from producers such as California Newsreel, Sony Pictures Classics, Music Box, Oscilloscope, BBC, Collective Eye, Royal Shakespeare Company, BroadwayHD, and more.
(New Resource Tag expires 20211201)
Films on Demand
Films on Demand (Master Academic Collection) consists of 7,000 video titles in Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Health, Science and United Newsreels. Note:
Not all mobile devices are supported. See list of supported devices
Current Events & News
News & Newspapers
Full text of U.S. and international news sources. Includes coverage of several major U.S. and international newspapers such as The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The New York Times, and the Times of London.
Global Newsstream provides access to the most influential and respected contemporary news resources from around the globe. This comprehensive contemporary news collection delivers superior access to current, full-text news sources including newspapers, newswires, news journals, television and radio transcripts, blogs, podcasts, and digital-only websites.
New York Times (ProQuest Newspapers)
Coverage ranges from 1980 - current. The New York Times is considered the official U.S. newspaper because it publishes the complete text of important documents, speeches and presidential press conferences. The paper's reporters have won scores of Pulitzer Prizes throughout the publication's 150-year history.