Answered By: Kellie Benson
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2016     Views: 94

Hello! Credo Reference is a good place to start in order to get well-documented facts and definitions.  For more in-depth examination, I recommend two databases for your next step: CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints, databases that specialize in the examination of social and political policy issues.

From the Oakton Library home page:

  • Select "Articles"  
  • Scroll down to & click on "Any Subject"
  • You will find links to CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints there.

I just used the keyword "GMO" in the CQ Researcher general search field and found a lengthy piece which might give you a good overview:  

Koch, Kathy. "Food Safety Battle: Organic Vs. Biotech." CQ Researcher 4 Sept. 1998: 761-84. Web. 1 Oct. 2013.

Notice the Issue Tracker links to the right of this report, which are to other reports on food safety.  You can click on these, of course, but you can also think about the words on that list to compose your own search--sometimes seeing how the policy experts use the language on your topic can refine your own thinking, and help you generate better keyword searches for yourself.

If you are required to use academic journal articles for your paper, click on "Articles" under Find It!, then choose Academic Search Complete EBSCO.  This is a very large database but is easy to manipulate using the 'Refine your results" section on the left side of the screen after you've done your initial search. Articles in this database tend be much more technical, but they often are not impossible to understand.

Thanks for writing and let us know if you need more help. 

Kellie Benson, Adjunct Faculty Librarian

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