San Juan College Library

Current Issues (Hot Topics)

Books  Journal & Newspaper Articles  NM State Docs  Online Resources

  Choosing a Topic

Some places to look for topic ideas might be:

  • General news magazines, such as Time or Newsweek
  • Journals on a specific subject, such as the Phi Delta Kappan (for the field of Education)
  • CQ Researcher  Ref H35.C672 (print editions 1996-present)
  • CQ Researcher Online (1991-present)
  • Hot Topic web sites

  Books [top of page]

Subject Search:  searches for the terms you enter, such as “cloning”, in the Subject field of the bibliographic record.

Keyword Search : searches for the terms you enter in the entire bibliographic record, not just the subject field.   In other words, it may catch the word “cloning” in a title or subject field, as well as a note field describing the book and other fields in the record.  You get a bigger “hit list” with a keyword search, but it may not be as exact.

A number of “hot topics” are the subject of books in series.  You can do a Keyword Search for a series title. The following are some of the series titles that will prove helpful for researching hot topics:

At Issue

Information Plus

Current Controversies

Opposing Viewpoints

Ideas in Conflict


  New Mexico State Documents   [top of page]

Publications from the state of New Mexico and its various agencies provide a wealth of data on various regional and local subjects.   These can be found in the SJC Library in the New Mexico State Documents area of the Reference section.   They are also cataloged in our library catalog, however their call numbers are assigned by the State Library and are not Library of Congress.   Each call number begins with NM.   For example:   the San Juan County Health Profile  Call #: NM H 204.45 S19 999.

Conduct a “Simple Search” in the SJC Library Catalog using the term “New Mexico and (your topic)”.   For example:   "New Mexico" and DWI.


  Journal & Newspaper Articles   [top of page]

To find articles on your topic, indexes to periodicals are a good place to start.   Some of the electronic indexes also provide the full-text of articles.   Our list of electronic indexes can be found in the “Magazine Indexes and Online Databases” section of the SJC Library web page.

Electronic Indexes

Ethnic NewsWatch provides full-text access to over 200 different newspapers from Minority presses, including The Navajo Times and Indian Country Today.

FirstSearch is a collection of over 58 different databases, including over 6 million full-text articles.

NewsBank is a collection of 26 different full-text newspapers, including the Arizona Republic, the Denver Post, and the Santa Fe New Mexican.

ProQuest indexes over 8,000 different magazine and newspaper titles.   Contains full-text of the Albuquerque Journal back to 1998.

Note:  check the Online Resources section of this page for links to online newspapers and news services.

Print Indexes

The print indexes to periodicals (such as the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature) can be found at the Index Table near the periodical back issues in the library.   The Reference Librarians will be glad to assist you in locating periodical articles using these indexes.   Periodical titles which the library does not subscribe to may be requested through InterLibrary Loan.

  Online Resources   [top of page]

There are a number of excellent web sites and online databases that can provide information for research involving current issues.

Hot Topics Web Super Lists

Hot Topics Supersites – San Diego State University                              


Documents in the News  

Political leaders' views 

Public Agenda Online

News Sources and Newspapers

Please visit SJC News Sources for more links.


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