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CQ Researcher Plus Archive Guide

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CQ Researcher Plus Archive from 1923 to the present contains more than 3,000 reports and analysis of issues in the news. CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, and the economy. Each CQ Researcher report is based on a common structure. The first section or "Overview" introduces the key issue; the "Background" provides a history of the issue, with mention of any key policies. The most popular is the "Pro/Con" section which provides position statements from opposing persons or groups.

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A truncation symbol in CQ Researcher Plus Archive is an asterisk (*), and when this symbol is put at the end of a word, the database will be searched for all of the possible endings--suffixes--for that word. For example, the command TERROR* will have the computer search engine look for all possible endings of this word. It should find, TERRORIST, TERRORISTS, and TERRORISM.

Use quotation marks to indicate a phrase. So, to find date rape information, use "date rape" rather than date rape without quotation marks.

Two Boolean operators that are important in finding information are AND and OR. The AND is used to connect two different concepts and the OR is used between concepts that are synonymous. It is critical to put parentheses around a search expression that contains an OR. Here is an example:

"affordable housing" and homeless* AND (POLICY OR POLICIES)

The first part of this statement will find material about the homeless population and runaways. The second part will look for the words "policy" or "policies". The AND then links the first set with the second. This might be an effective way to look for policy or policies for persons without shelter.

John Dillard, Social Work and Social Sciences Librarian

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