Researching a current social issue

LHS Catalog



Use this subscription citation maker for works cited and notecards.

Web Sites

Timely current topics are covered in depth with the pros and cons of each. This site is a good place to start when selecting a topic to research.

LHS Databases

To access these databases from home, get the passwords from the media specialists.

World Book Online

Start with WBO to get an overview of the subject.



  • Enter your search term for newspaper and magazine articles, primary source documents, etc.
  • Limit (on left of results page): Select full text, publication dates, and source types.
  • Advanced Search: more search options.
  • Topic Overview: provides an overview of the topic.
  • View: original (pdf full text) form, or html full text (may be easier to read).
  • Cite (on the right): Select your citation format and copy citation.
  • For additional articles, return to the search results or use the Find Similar Results button.


Gale- Student Edition

Student Edition is a good way to find current newspaper and magazine articles.

  • Subject Guide: enter a topic (e.g., Cloning) and browse related topics. This is helpful to narrow/broaden your topic. Click on subdivisions to see narrower topics.
  • Topic Finder: Click on Topic Finder and enter your search term to visualize the topic. Select wheel or tiles.

Williamsburg Regional Library databases

WJCC students can now access most of the databases at WRL by using the letters WJCC and your school ID.  For example: wjcc1234567890


Research in Context

Enter your WJCC ID when prompted.

Scroll down and select Social Issues.

There are good resources for a limited number of topics.