The links above will allow you to jump to different content areas on this page.
The CQ Researcher database, "is the choice of researchers seeking original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Published in print and online 44 times a year, the single-themed CQ Researcher report offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. Each 12,000-word CQ Researcher report is a unique work, investigated and written by a seasoned journalist" (CQ Press, 2012).
You can access the database from here: CQ Researcher, or from the Libraries' homepage by performing the following steps:
The homepage is well organized using headings, which you can access by using the INSERT + F6 keys. There is a featured report in a level one heading. Related report components, like, The Issues, The Debate, The Pros and The Cons are in lower level heading positions. Additionally, you can access the Basic Keyword Search edit field by going to the level 3 or level 4 heading titled CQ Researcher. There are also lower level headings that will direct you to recent news stories.
From the homepage, you can quickly and easily access the Quick Search edit field. Once the homepage is open, press the 'E' key and then press ENTER. Your cursor will now be in the edit field. Here you can search by keyword.
Upon entering your search term, pressing the TAB key followed by the ENTER key, a new page will open containing a list of reports related to your keyword search
If you would prefer to perform an Advanced Search, press 'E' and the TAB key two times, after the homepage content has loaded. Your cursor will now be on the Advanced Search link, press ENTER, taking you to the Advanced Search page.
From here you can search by typing words or phrases into the edit field, search all text or just withing titles or topics, specify date range, select topics from a combo box, and search by report sections. You can select how you would like your search results displayed - showing up to 30 results per page, and sorted by relevancy, alphabetically by title or by publication date.
After entering your search query and selecting the Search button, you will be taken to a new page that contains your search results. There are no headings on this page.
By default, up to 30 results per page are shown in a table format that contains 31 rows (including table headers) and 5 columns. The layout is as follows:
All report titles are links so you can navigate to them by pressing the TAB key repeatedly until you hear titles. Or you can press INSERT + 7 to get a list of the links. The report title links will be located near the bottom of a very long list of links, after a selection of 'Sort results' links. Once you find a report title that meets your needs, press the ENTER key and a new window will open.
The entire report is on one webpage but does not have any headings, though it is organized in sections. Each section title is a link, allowing you to navigate through the reports by pressing INSERT + F7 to find the section you'd like to read. The sections are as follows:
3. Background - includes history, policies and legalities
4. Current Situation
6. Pro/Con - statements from experts in the field
8. Short Features
11. The Next Step
14. About the Author
Links to print or email the report are accessible by pressing INSERT + F7 to get a list of links - scroll using the ARROW buttons to until you find the Print or email link.
Notes: tables are captured as images. Frames, plug-ins, and audio content are not used. Also, the publication of some reports date back to the early 1920s, and are not organized into multiple sections until the late 1980s. Beginning in the mid 1990s, reports began to include all of the sections listed above and supplied the ability to access the report in PDF format.