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Using Databases at Oakton

CQ Researcher is a full-text database of 20-40 page articles examining a single "hot" topic. Articles include comments from experts, charts, graphs and sidebar articles, plus a pro-con feature, a chronology, lengthy bibliographies, and more. It is an excellent place to begin research. Some general tips:

  • Keep your searches simple, using just one or two keywords.
  • You can also use the Advanced Search page to limit in other ways, such as by date or general topic.
  • Pay attention to the date of the articles--if the articles are too old, they may not be useful.
  • You can use CQ Researcher to help you find topics for research or writing. Use the Browse functions or explore links on the homepage for ideas about thought-provoking, debatable topics.

Access more detailed directions and videos below.

Click the link below to begin searching CQ Researcher. (You will need to log in with your myOakton username and password if you are off campus.)

Jump to: Searching | Results List | Article


To search CQ Researcher:

  • Use the search box near the top of the page to perform a keyword search, using simple one or two word phrases.
  • Use the “Advanced Search” link under the main search box to access more search options, including limiting by date range, topic, and more.

cq researcher database search

  • If you are searching for topic ideas, continue scrolling down the main page for featured articles and suggested topics. 
  • Hover over the “Browse Topics” heading to get a list of popular topic ideas. Use the “Hot Topics” panel along the right side of the screen for a list of new or timely topics.

cq researcher search screen

Results List

Once you have a list of results from your search:

  • Search results are automatically sorted by Relevance. To sort by date, select “Newest” or “Oldest.”
  • Click on the titles to get the full reports.

cq researcher results list

  • Be sure to pay attention to the dates of the reports on the Results list.
  • Notice some entries say “Short Report.” Those articles are usually short updates to the full reports. They will not be as detailed, but they may contain more recent information.

cq researcher short reports


Once you click on an article title, the following options and information appear:

  • Print or email the article to yourself by clicking "Print" or "Email" icons above the article and selecting your preferences from the drop-down menu that appears.
  • View or download a PDF by clicking on the “View PDF” icon above the article.
  • Click the “Cite Now” icon above the article to obtain a formatted citation. Just select the desired style (APA, Chicago/Turabian, MLA, etc.) from the options.
  • Scroll down to read the whole report from the beginning, or use the left hand-navigation panel to skip to the most relevant sections.

cq researcher article

CQ Researcher Tutorial

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