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CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher

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Founded in 1923, the CQ Researcher, is a source for in-depth reporting on the most current and controversial issues. Published by Congressional Quarterly, CQ Researcher issues 44 reports annually, including four expanded reports.. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to subjects most in demand by students. The online version of CQ Researcher offers access to issues dating from October 25, 1991. PDF files are available for full issues dating from January 1996 and are in color from January 2001.

When to Use:

  1. Starting research on a current topic.
  2. Writing a position paper.
  3. Preparing for a debate.
  4. Finding a topic.

How to access:

‚ÄčMouse over Find on the library homepage.then click on A-Z Database List . Now click on CQ Researcher.  If off campus, you will be prompted for your BU login.  Once you are logged into one database, you are logged into all of them, until you close your browser.

How to use:

  1. A very current Featured Report is the first thing you will see on the homepage. Below it are links to three other recent reports.
  2. Hot Topics are listed on the right side of the page. View all or only the most viewed. These are shorter versions of full reports that include an introduction, an overview, and a chronology. To the right of the report are links to related full CQ Researcher reports published in the past.
  3. Browse Topics. Click on this option at the top of the page to view categories of topics. Drill down futher by clicking on a topic to reveal areas of that topic. Click on one of these to see full report.
  4. Browse Reports.You may browse reports in three ways:
    • By date. Click on a year, 1991-2013, to display the reports for that year in descending chronological order.
    • Issue Tracker. This is list of all reports alphaetized issue. Click on a topic to see all related reports.
    • Pro/Con. Browse Pro/Con sections by topic.
  5. Keyword Search. A search box is available in the right top area of everypage. Type in a keyword for a list of reports related to your searh term.
  6. Advanced Search. The link to the advanced search is right under the keyword search box. You may narrow your search by date, section, and sort results by relevancy, date, or alphabetically. For best results, place complete phrases, of two words or more, in quotation marks

Other Feataures:

  1. Reports can be marked as Favorite Documents and saved to Your Profile.
  2. To create Your Profile, click on Using CQR at the top of the page. When you log into your profile, you will able to save documents, view your document history (the last 25 documents viewed), save searches, and get topic alerts.  Your account will remain until there is a 24 month period with no activity..
  3. For more help with Congressional Quarterly Researcher, see the FAQs under Using CQR - Help. Tutorials are available, by clicking on About.

Printing, emailing and citing articles:

  1. Reports may be printed or emailed, in part or in whole.Use the drop down menu to select the sections you would like to print or email.
  2. Reports may be viewed and saved as a PDF.
  3. Click on Cite Now above article to display citation. By default, APA format is displayed, but other formats may be selected.
  4. Citations can also be exported to Word as a ttf document.

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