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What is CQ Researcher?

  • CQ Researcher provides original, authoritative reports on social and political issues written by journalists.
  • Topics include public policy, law, civil liberties, international affairs, economics, health, education, the environment, technology, and more.
  • CQ Researcher is renowned for its objectivity, breadth, and depth of coverage.


Each report includes several key sections which can be helpful in understanding the background and complexity of contemporary issues. Reports include the following sections:

Overview of the Issue: background and contextual information
Current Situation: recent information as of when the report was published
Chronology: timeline of important events in this topic
Pro/Con Debate:  presents complexity of a topic from multiple perspectives
Bibliography & Footnotes: further resources to explore


Use CQ Researcher to start your research

  • Brainstorm a topic from current social issues
  • Read about the context and background of an issue  cq researcher the facts don't lie
  • See an issue from multiple perspectives
  • Investigate sources in a report bibliography
  • Gather terminology specific to a topic

Take a product tour (pdf)  

Using CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher can be accessed from the Library homepage

  • Locate the Databases tab, and select CQ Researcher from the pull-down menu alphabetically (see image below) or use the direct link.




Begin a keyword search at the top of the CQ Researcher main page.

cq researcher basic search screen

  • Search for keywords and browse corresponding reports  (example: abortion)
  • Some topics may have more than one report.
  • Note the date the report was published and look for current reports and updates to the topic



  • Browse broad topics by selecting Browse
  • Topics and Browse Reports at the top of the page  cq researcher browse topics browse reports
  • Browse and brainstorm using the Hot Topics on the right side of the main page  
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