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CQ Researcher - Twin Cities Library, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher is a good starting point to discover potential research topics. This database offers in-depth, balanced articles covering current and controversial news events in the fields of health, criminal justice, education, the environment, technology, and the economy.

Accessing  |  Searching  |  Citing, Saving, Printing, Emailing

Accessing CQ Researcher

  • Mouseover the articles, books, & more tab at the top of the Twin Cities Library website, and select Databases. Choose CQ Researcher from the list.
  • Off-campus users: You will be prompted to enter your Saint Mary's University username and password after you select a database.

Searching CQ Researcher

CQ Search

Create a focused search using the Advanced Search feature. You can search for specific words or phrases, reports within a specific date range, limit results within one of the listed topics, or just search within a specific report element.

CQ advanced search


Search Results

Each CQ Researcher report is written in a standard format: an introductory overview of the issue, background and chronology, assessment of the current situation, tables, maps, pro and con statements from opposing points of view, and a bibliography of key resources. Click on a report Title to view a report. Result lists may be Sorted by publication date, title, report section, or relevancy score. Just click on the icons underneath the column headers to sort.

CQ search results

Reports saved to the Favorite List or Saved Searches will only be saved for your current searching session. You may permanently save your research search string and favorite reports by creating a personal CQ Researcher Profile. See below for details.

Citing Article Results

In the tool bar at the top of the report, click the CiteNow! link to get the information you need for a full APA citation. You may select the text, then copy & paste the citation into your document. OR, to save to a file, click Export citation to: .rtf word processor format. Citation formats are often changing so remember to double-check the citation for formatting accuracy.

CQ citation

Saving, Printing, and Emailing

CQ save print email

Use View PDF to access a PDF version of the report and SAVE the report to to your computer.

You may EMAIL the report citation and link with the Send as E-mail drop-down box.

You may also PRINT the report text with the Print drop-down box.

With the Email and Print functions you have the option of capturing the full report or a report section.

Creating Your CQ Researcher Profile

  1. Mouseover the Using CQR tab, and select Log in to your profile.
  2. Enter a unique username, such as your email address.
  3. Select the radio button I want to create a new account. Then, select Proceed.
  4. Enter a password. Enter it again, to verify your typing.
  5. To help yourself remember the password you selected, type in a hint. A couple of words or a short sentence will do.
  6. Select Create Profile.

To log into your profile account click the Log In link, select I already have a password, and then enter your username and password.

Saving Articles to Favorite List

  1. Make sure you have logged into your profile. (See above for creating a profile account.)
  2. In your Search Results list mark the check box in front of the documents you wish to save.
  3. Select Save to Favorites.
  4. Mouseover Using CQR, and select Favorite Documents to view what you have saved.
  5. In the Favorite Documents list, you may open a document to view it by selecting the document title.
  6. To email a document, or to remove a document from your favorites list, first mark the titles's check-box, then select E-mail Marked Records or Remove Marked Records.

Saving a Search

CQ saveYou may save a search query to your profile account. This is a nice feature when you are doing several queries or when you would like to come back and run a query again at another time.

  1. Make sure you have logged into your profile. (See above for creating a profile account.)
  2. Above your search results, select Save this search.
  3. Enter a descriptive name for your search. Select the Save button.
  4. To view searches that you have saved, mouseover Using CQR, and select Saved Searches.
  5. From the Saved Searches page, you may rerun a query by selecting the search name. You may modify a search by selecting Edit.