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Florida State College at Jacksonville

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cq researcher CQ Researcher provides topical articles on social issues; articles include an overview, background information, the current situation concerning the issue, an outlook on possible developments, a special focus, chronology of related events, and pro and con section. Show me how



issues & controversies Issues & Controversies explores and analyzes hundreds of hot topics in politics, business, government, crime, law, energy, education, health, family, science, foreign policy, race, rights, society, and culture.



opposing viewpoints Opposing Viewpoints includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and thousands of articles on hundreds of subjects. Show me how



college in context College In Context provides information on a wide array of subjects; includes updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

What are scholarly sources?

  • The publication should be a scholarly journal not a newspaper or popular magazine.
  • The authors are scholars or professionals in the field and are normally affiliated with an educational institution or organization.
  • The article should have an abstract, citations and reference list.
  • Look for a phrases like “this study examines…” or “we did research to find…”
  • Articles are lengthy with few pictures.
  • Does not include any advertisements.

Vanderbilt University

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  • child welfare and poverty
  • child development and nutrition
  • infants and trauma
  • kindergarten and exercise
  • child abuse and ptsd

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