Introduction to CQ Researcher

Open CQ Researcher in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.


Using CQ Researcher

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:

1. Define what CQ Researcher is

2. Explain what topics CQ Researcher covers

3. Conduct a basic search in CQ Researcher

 navigating the tutorial

Tutorial Instructions

1. Use the right arrow at the top of this window to navigate to the next page. 

2. This tutorial has two frames. Use this frame (the frame that this text is typed in) to read the tutorial content and view the tasks you are expected to perform.

3. Use the frame to the right (which currently  displays the library home page) to complete the tasks. Note that the frame on the right is a live browser session that you control.

4. Before clicking on the arrow to move forward, complete the task using the frame on the right to navigate through the library website and CQ Researcher as directed in in the YOUR TASK section.

5. At the end of the tutorial, you will complete a quiz to reinforce the main concepts presented in this tutorial.  The results will be emailed to you.

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CQ researcher logo

This tutorial will show you how to access and search CQ Researcher, a great database to use when researching hot topics and controversial issues.

It is also useful to explore if you are looking for paper topics.

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Finding CQ Researcher

Your Task

  • From the Library Home Page, click on the A to Z Databases link in the center box.  



  • Click on the link to CQ Researcher

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What is CQ Researcher?

You should now be on the home page of CQ Researcher. Before we start searching, let's talk a little bit about exactly what CQ Researcher is.

CQ Researcher provides access to single-themed reports. 44 reports are issued each year.

DePaul University Library subscribes to and pays for access to CQ Researcher. You should always access CQ Researcher through the library website.

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What topics does CQ Researcher cover?

CQ Researcher was founded in 1923 and is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy.

Notice a variety of options for finding reports:

  • Featured Report
  • Hot Topics List
  • Browsing Topics and Reports
  • Keyword and Advanced Searching

Your Task

  • Click on Browse Reports to see reports written by CQ Researcher.
  • Choose a year.
  • Click on a report.

Browse topics

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Who Writes CQ Researcher?

Each 12,000-word report is researched and written by a journalist.


CQ Researcher is not considered a "scholarly" source since it is not reporting on original research and is not written by experts in the field. However, it is a credible and authoritative source. Most professors will allow you to cite it, but always check with your professor first.

Your Task

  • From your report home page, click on author's hyperlinked name to read about the author.



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Keyword Searching

 Keyword Searching

At the top of any CQ Researcher pages, you'll notice search options. Notice a variety of options for finding reports:

  • Featured Report
  • Hot Topics List
  • Browsing Topics 
  • Keyword and Advanced Searching


 your task

  • In the search box at the top of the page, do a keyword search using the term "internet privacy" (include the "quotation marks")

What are keywords?


  • You will see a list of articles that are related to the keywords "internet privacy"
  • Your results list will be ranked by relevance.

What is revelance?

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Re-sorting Results

You can re-sort your results so that the most recent articles appear at the top.

Your Task

  • Look for Sort by above and to the right of the results list
  • Click Newest

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Evaluating Search Results

The next step is to decide which report(s) in the results list are the most useful.

Your Task

  • Use the title and brief quote beneath it to help you zero in on the best reports
  • The Topic of each article (in the right column) helps you evaluate its relevance to your search
  • Click on the Topic link to see additional reports on the same subject

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Report Overviews

Your Task

  • Click on the link to any full report that looks interesting to you.

Each full report is divided into sections which are linked in the left hand column on the page. Most reports include these sections:

  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Background
  • Current Situation
  • Outlook
  • Pro/Con
  • Chronology
  • Short Features
  • Maps/Graphs
  • Bibliography
  • Comments
  • (and more...)

Full Report view

Your Task

  • Click on the Pro/Con link.These contrasting opinions by experts can be really useful for argument papers!

  • Click on the Bibliography link. The bibliography links to the sources used to write the article. These sources may inform your own research.

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Related Reports

Once you find a report that's relevant, it's easy to find others on the same topic.

Your Task

  • Click on the FULL REPORT link.
  • Look at the right column ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports

issuetracker image

  • Related reports are listed by date, the most recent at the top

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Print, Save & Cite

Once you find a useful report, you don't want to lose track of it. CQ Researcher has tools that allow you to print, save, and cite reports. These tools are located just below the main menu at the top of the page.

print from cq researcher

Your Task

Using these tools can save you time and frustration. Practice using one or more of these tools now:

  • Print or Save the full report or a section of the report. From the pull down menu, select what you would like to print. Once you get to the print dialog box, you will be given the option to print or view it as a PDF which you can then save to a computer.
  • CiteNow! create a citation for your bibliography in APA, MLA, or Chicago style.

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Your Task

This concludes the Using CQ Researcher tutorial. Now that you've finished:

  • Complete the quiz on the next page.
  • Click on the left arrow to submit your quiz results.
  • Enter your email when prompted.
  • Print your quiz results if desired.

Let us know what you think about the tutorial by clicking on the feedback link.

Thank you!

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CQ Researcher Quiz

CQ Researcher is considered a scholarly source.

CQ Researcher will be the LEAST useful for which of the following topics?

CQ Researcher articles are generally written by:

Please enter your name and email address to retrieve a copy of your completed quiz.

You can enter multiple email addresses separated by commas. If you are doing this for a class, you may need to enter your instructor's email address also.

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