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Database & Book Catalog Instruction: CQ Researcher

Information about how to use the library databases and book catalog.

CQ Researcher

Introduction to CQ Researcher using ECTC's Library

CQ Researcher Tutorial

How to Search in CQ Researcher

Select "CQ Researcher" from the library webpage or click the link below.



If you are searching for a topic, select "Browse CQR" at the top to search by general topic or browse using the topics or Pro/Con tabs under the orange heading.

CQ Researcher database home page with browse functions highlighted with red circle and red arrows



If you would like to browse the most current reports, select the "Browse All CQ Researcher" link. Find the Publication Date filter on the left toolbar and select the last 1-2 years to browse the most current reports. Browsing reports by date allows you to choose a current event or topic with the most up-to-date information. 

Blue link for Browse All CQ Researcher circled in red

CQ Researcher results with menu to search most recent circled

If you know your topic, you can search by keyword. Enter your keyword or topic in the search bar and click the magnifying glass. 

CQ Researcher homepage with search box circled in red

Once you have selected your report, take note of the various report sections. Introduction has four parts: Intro, Overview, Background, and Chronology. Each Introduction section has research questions identified by bold text. The research questions are great guides to help you develop your own thesis statement. The current situation tab will present the latest research or news on your topic. Also note the tools to cite, email or share, or print the .pdf highlighted by the purple box. 

Report on sports safety with sections highlighted in red and tools for printing and citation highlighted in purple


Pro/Con & Discussion Questions: Pro/Con has two experts with differing opinions addressing a specific research question about the topic. You should conduct a Google search to find out more about the pro/con experts and organizations and research why they hold that particular point of view. Discussion questions are great guides for you to formulate your thesis statement or think of the issue from different angles. 

Pro con section with menu highlighted by a red box. Discussion questions are at the bottom

Outlook and bibliography section is a great place to find suggestions for solutions to a problem or what the future of the issue looks like. The bibliography is a tool to find more sources related to your topic without replicating your search. 

CQ Researcher Outlook with bibliography highlighted by a red arrow