Hurricane Katrina…port security…Iraq…global warming…Medicaid…pharmacists refusing to dispense contraceptives…new Supreme Court justices…wiretapping…civil liberties…
Whatever the topic, the following resources are particularly useful for finding information on public policy issues:
CQ Weekly and Congressional Digest – both available in the periodical section on main floor of library…generally very current
CQ Researcher – available in the reference section on main floor of library – search index online (.pdf file – go to Edit – Find on this page to get a search box)…weekly reports focusing on one specific topic
OpenCRS: Congressional Research Reports – think tank reports for Congress
Opposing Viewpoints – explore both sides of controversial social issues
The library has many other relevant magazines, including weekly newsmagazines like Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, as well as political commentary magazines like National Review, America, Harpers, and New Republic.