Social Sciences (General)

Q&A: finding both sides of an issue

Question: What are some good resources for researching the pros and cons of a debate topic?


There are several solid resources that can help you find both sides of an issue. The following guides provide background data and references for more information used in debating many topics:

Find Sports Resources

Reference books & articles on Sports

Sample SearchWorks searches related to Sports:

Call number range for SPORTS:
GV557-1198.995 Lower Level, Green East

Suggested Databases and E-journals for Sports topics:

Sports Magazines

Sports websites

Q&A: How can I find information about tests and measures used by social scientists?

I am looking for a test that might be used by a psychologist, educator, psychiatrist, or other social scientist, to measure some aspect of personality, behavior, cognition, perception, and other "mental measurements." (like Intelligence, Personality, Neuropsychological Functioning, Behavior, Speech, etc). How do I find descriptions and reviews?


Mental Measurement Yearbooks provide test users with descriptions of the various tests, references, and critical reviews of the tests. Criteria for inclusion in these volumes are that the tests either be new or recently revised, be available commercially, and be published in English. The year 2005 marked the publication of the 17th volume of the Mental Measurement Yearbook. Note that the Yearbook contains reviews only - not the tests themselves.

Buros Institute of Mental Measurements online keyword search allows you to Search by Keyword Anywhere for commercially published tests reviewed in the Mental Measurements Yearbooks, without having to look through each print volume. Results from the online search indicate which volume of Mental Measurements Yearbook provide scholarly reviews and summaries of the test. With that information you can find the reviews and summaries in the Mental Measurements Yearbooks, available in Green Information Center and Cubberley Education Library.

Find Protest Resources

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Some books/microfilm to check out:


Suggested journals/e-journals

Suggested databases:

  • Academic Search Premier add: America: History & Life, Left Index, The Nation Digital Archive
  • Alt-PressWatch (alternative Press) - add Ethnic NewsWatch, GenderWatch, and ProQuest Research Library
  • ARTstor -images on historical, geographical, and social topics
  • CSA Illumina : IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences), PAIS International in print - politics, Political Science, Sociological Abstracts
  • Oral History Online

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