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Hoon, Parakh. American Government: Find sources

Source requirements


You need 10 sources minimum including:

  • 3-4 scholarly sources
  • 1-2 Opposing viewpoints and/or public opinion polls
  • 2-3 articles from the New York Times or other reputable news source (avoid overtly biased sources like Fox News and MSNBC)

The above are requirements, but you may also include policy reports, books, magazine articles, blogs, and essays as additional sources.

Articles, stats, and videos

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) -- Click in the "scholarly peer reviewed journals" box.

Research Library (Proquest) -- Click in peer reviewed box.

Opposing Viewpoints -- Pro/Con essays. There are lots of types of sources here. I'd scroll down and choose the "viewpoints" articles after you search.

CQ Researcher -- In-depth overview articles on controversial topics.

Pew Research Center -- A nonpartisan fact tank about issues, attitudes and trends in America.

Statista -- contains statistical charts on a variety of topics

Films on Demand -- academic films on a variety of topics


One Search -- Search all the library's databases at once.

Encyclopedia of American Law -- Overview articles on controversial legal topics.