ENGL 127 Writing: Social Sciences (Martin)

For students in Aley Martin's section of English127

Find Current Opinion

Finding Current Information

Current social science topics can be hotly debated. To get informed about the debates, look for editorials, opinion pieces, commentary and essays in newspapers, magazines and reports in Holman Library Databases.

Find Public Opinion & Existing Argument

Using Editorials

Editorials are a great way to find reasoned opinions on current controversial topics. Use these specialized searches to find full-text editorials in the library's databases and on the Web.


Using Opposing Viewpoints

  • As shown in the image below, you can carry out a keyword search at the top of the page, or you can select advanced search

  • You can choose "Browse Issues" from the top menu to see a list of topical articles

  •  Issues have multiple, informed sides. Learn more about those perspectives by looking at "Viewpoints". 

  • Just above the results, you can see a list of all the types of sources your search resulted in, such as videos, images, viewpoints,academic articles, etc.

  • This is a great place to search, but be sure to search other databases as well, as the section is limited in Opposing Viewpoints and not all topics will be covered here.

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screenshot of the search results page, pointing out how to narrow your search as written in text above image


Using CQ Researcher

  • This 'At Issue' (also called Pro/Con) page in a CQ report on abortion highlights two opposing editorials on access to abortion from an economic standpoint.

  • Look for these types of pages relevant to your topic.

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image of the Pro/Con section of a CQ Researcher report

Limiting to editorials in the databases

Editorials are a great way to find reasoned opinions on current controversial topics. Use these specialized searches to find full-text editorials in the library's databases. 


In Academic Search Complete

In this database you can search using a keyword, and then add "editorials" in as an actual Subject Term (selecting "SU Subject Terms" from the "Select a Field (optional)" dropdown as shown in the image below:

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editorials


In ProQuest

In this database, you can use the "Document Type" limiter as outlined in the text and images below:

  • First, type in your search terms
    • Be sure to use quotation marks around specific terms to search the terms as a single concept, rather than two independent words
  • Here you can also limit to "Full-text" - so you will only see results for articles that you can immediately download. 
  • Based on your topic, you may need to also limit by date to find the most recent articles. Choose an appropriate date range.

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screenshot of Proquest, showing the search boxes, highlighting the "full-text" box to check, and the date range option to narrow your results if needed. 


  • Then, as shown in the image below, scroll down on the advanced search page to limit by "Document Type" - choosing "Editorials" from the options before searching.

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screenshot of the "document type" limiting option on the advanced search page of ProQuest

Searching the web

Consider the links below as sources to find editorials online

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image of an article from debatabse

Sample Viewpoints

Points of View on Technology & Society

The image below shows a sample search, of the 100+ viewpoint essays on "Society and Technology"

  • Issues are complex and arguments address a range of issues and perspectives.

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a sample search showing a list of article titles