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How do I search CQ Researcher?

Learn how to search CQ Researcher

Search CQ Researcher

Step 1:

Go to the library's A-Z Databases page, and select CQ Researcher from the list. (If you're off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your myPVCC username and password)


Step 2:

Enter your search terms in the box in the top right corner.  


Step 3:

Select a report from the list. Pay attention to the date to ensure you are getting the most current information. Some of the reports in CQ Researcher date back to 1923.  


Step 4:

Review several items on the report.  

  1. Look at the subtitle of the report. This is the specific question the article tries to answer.  
  2. The left menu contains the different sections of the report. The sections in the red box are especially useful. If you need to take a stance on a particular issue, the "Pro/Con" link will give you opinions from both sides.
  3. The "Issue Tracker" lists other reports similar to this one, organized chronologically by date.  
  4. The date of the report is listed here. Don't forget to take the date into account as you read it!  



  • CQ Researcher is a fantastic database when researching a controversial issue. The "CQ" in "CQ Researcher" stands for "Congressional Quarterly." These reports are written for members of Congress who need to get up to speed quickly on a particular issue.
  • Not finding what you need?  Try these other controversial issues databases: