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What is CQ Researcher?
How is a CQ Researcher report created?
How is CQ Researcher structured?
Are CQ Researcher reports peer-reviewed?
Are CQ Researcher reports fact-checked?
When are CQ Researcher reports published?
What is the CQ Researcher Plus Archive?
Why can't I see content from the Archive?
What are the Editorial Research Reports?
How are the ERR reports different from the reports being published today?
What was CQ Global Researcher?

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What has changed?
Does the re-design include any new features?
Is training available on using the new interface?

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How do I find what I am looking for on CQ Researcher?
How do I cite CQ Researcher?
How do I print CQ Researcher articles?
How do email or share CQ Researcher articles?
How do I stay current on CQ Researcher reports?
What is an RSS feed and how do I use it?
Why should I set up a user profile?
How do I leave comments on a report?
Something I saw in the print edition of CQ Researcher is not in the online version of CQ Researcher. Where can I find it?

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Questions about CQ Researcher

What is CQ Researcher?

CQ Researcher is the choice of researchers seeking original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Published in print and online 44 times a year, CQ Researcher offers in-depth, unbiased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on a wide range of topics including: health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, the U.S. economy, crime, and civil liberties. Each 12,000-word CQ Researcher report is a unique work, investigated and written by a seasoned journalist, professionally fact-checked, and footnoted to facilitate further research.

A new feature called Hot Topics provides shorter reports on 20 of the most popular subjects. CQ Researcher's Archive goes back to 1923 and includes reports from its predecessor publication, Editorial Research Reports.

How is a CQ Researcher report created?

CQ Researcher's editors identify a topic to be investigated, then one of the experienced journalists conceives the report's broad outlines, formulating the key questions the report will seek to answer; reads background material; interviews a range of sources; synthesizes available information; and writes the report. The average time to complete a report is five weeks.

How is CQ Researcher structured?

Each CQ Researcher report is based on a common structure.

The opening section, or "Overview" ("The Issues" in the PDF version), introduces the subject under consideration and poses one or more questions such as, "Should minors who commit adult crimes be tried as adults?" or "Is a liberal arts education the best way to prepare for the workplace?" The report then offers a "Background" section, which provides a history of the topic, including pertinent policy and legal decisions.

Under the heading "Current Situation," the report provides a snapshot of the issue at the time of publication, and, in "Outlook," the report offers a projection of what the future may bring. The "Pro/Con" ("At Issue") section brings together statements from representatives of opposing positions on the topic. To offer perspectives, the report includes sidebars on other dimensions of the subject. The "Chronology" section offers a list of key events in the issue's history, and graphics and data also help illuminate the topic.

To achieve a well-rounded perspective, the report's writer quotes a range of sources, including lawmakers, academics, interest group representatives, government officials as well as citizens involved in the issue. The report concludes with a "Bibliography," containing an annotated list of key sources, and "Next Step," an additional bibliography providing sources related to particular questions considered in the report. "Contacts" are also provided.

Are CQ Researcher reports peer-reviewed?

No. They are written by experienced journalists and are thoroughly footnoted and sourced to experts to ensure the quality and accuracy of the information. Check the Footnotes section within each report.

Are CQ Researcher reports fact-checked?

Yes. The writer of each report interviews experts and reads authoritative background material to ensure that facts and conclusions are accurate. You can check the Bibliography section within each report. Each report undergoes rigorous editing by at least two veteran editors. After that, facts, names, dates, footnotes and other information are verified by a professional fact-checker and by the editor for further corrections before publication.

When are CQ Researcher reports published?

CQ Researcher is published, online and in print, 44 times a year. The week's report appears in the publication's online version one day before print publication.

What is the CQ Researcher Plus Archive?

The CQ Researcher Plus Archive is a premium product that combines the CQ Researcherreports with an archive of more than 3,000 Editorial Research Reports (ERR).

Why can't I see content from the Archive?

Content from the Archive can only be accessed if your institution has added this enhancement to its CQ Researcher subscription. You can check if your institution subscribes to the Archive by looking for the year range displayed on the top right side of the page. Editorial Research Reports date back to 1923.

What are the Editorial Research Reports?

Editorial Research Reports (ERR) is the predecessor of CQ Researcher. It published single-subject reports on current events from 1923 through 1990 in a format similar to that of today's CQ Researcher. In 1991, the publication's name was changed to CQ Researcher, and today all of those older reports are available on the CQ Researcher site comprising the CQ Researcher Plus Archive.

How are the ERR reports different from the reports being published today?

The reports in the Archive draw on content from other time periods, and so in some cases they use nomenclature or terminology that could be considered out-dated and even offensive by today's standards. However, in order to preserve the primary-source nature of these reports, and truly reflect the historical times in which they were written, CQ Researcher decided to leave these older reports in their original form.

It is also important to note that since the original language is preserved in Archive reports, there may be instances when you will need to redefine your search terms if you're not finding what you're looking for.

Another difference between CQ Researcher reports and Archive content is that sections such as Pro/Con, Overview, Background, Current Situation, Outlook, and Next Step were not consistent parts of ERR's layout.

What was CQ Global Researcher?

CQ Global Researcher provideds students with definitive, in-depth coverage of newsworthy global affairs. CQ Global Researcher was discontinued in November 2012, but nearly five years' worth of archived reports are now freely available on this site to all CQ Researcher customers.



Questions about the new look for CQ Researcher

What has changed?

The new look for CQ Researcher simplifies the display of the content as well as the functionality of the site. The features include:

Does the redesign include any new features?

Yes, we are now publishing new shorter reports on Hot Topics. Hot Topics are up-to-date, reports on 20 of the most popular research subjects. Each Hot Topics report includes an introduction, an overview of an issue, a chronology, and a list of related full CQ Researcher reports published in the past. New hot topics reports will be published every year.

Is training available on using the new interface?

Yes, we have two new tutorial videos as part of the re-designed website: a quick intro video and a more comprehensive overview video. We also offer more in-depth training sessions with a SAGE representative each week.

Questions about CQ Researcher site features

How do I find what I am looking for on CQ Researcher?

There are multiple ways to find CQ Researcher reports that are of interest to you. You may:

How do I cite CQ Researcher?

Citing articles has never been easier. Use the CiteNow feature (located at the top of the report) to cite to automatically generate citations in four common styles or to download to your preferred citation manager.  See How to Cite for more details.

How do I print CQ Researcher reports?

To print a report, you can click the icon on the top right corner of the page.More Sharing Services Then select Print from the menu. On full report pages (not on hot topic report pages) you can select one of the options from the Print drop-down menu on the top of the page. From this menu, you can choose to print the full report or a specific section of the report. If the report is available as a PDF, you can also click the View PDF icon on the top left corner of the page. You can open the PDF and print the report here, or

How do I email or share CQ Researcher reports?

To email or share a report, use the social media icons on the top right corner of the page. Select the email icon or the social media site you would like to use to share the report and follow the instructions in the pop-up window.

To email a specific section of a report, you can use the Email drop-down menu at the top of the page. From the menu, select the section that you would like to email and follow the instructions in the pop-up window.

Why should I set up a user profile?

Feature Function
Your Profile By creating a profile, you can save favorite searches and documents for future reference. If you do not create a profile, this information will only be saved for the current session.
Document History Displays the last 25 documents you viewed on CQ Researcher.
Favorite Documents Enables you to save up to 50 documents for future reference. You can add a document to your favorites by clicking the appropriate box found in the document window or in search results. You can then select Favorite Documents to view all saved documents.
Saved Searches Enables you to save up to 25 searches for future reference. You can save a search from the search results page.

How do I stay current on CQ Researcher reports?

One way to stay on top of recent reports is to subscribe to the CQ Researcher RSS feed .

You can also create a topic alert to receive an automatic email alert every time a new report is published on your chosen topic. You must create a user profile to use this feature.

What is an RSS feed and how do I use this feature?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds provide an easy way to stay up-to-date on a website's changes without frequently visiting the site itself. With an RSS reader, users can easily view the latest additions to a website and link directly to that content. The internet browser that you are using may have a built-in RSS reader or you may want to consult the web to find an RSS reader that suits your needs.

To add CQ Researcher to an RSS feed reader, click on the RSS feed and select the RSS feed reader of your choice. Depending on your RSS reader you may be automatically prompted to add the CQ Researcher feed or you may have to login to your feed reader to add it. Once set up, you will receive automatic updates as new CQ Researcher content is published.

How do I leave comments on a CQ Researcher report?

Users can leave comments on a report by clicking on the "Comment on this Report" button. While you are required to include an email address, it will not be publicly posted. Although it is not mandatory for submission, any name and affiliation that you provide will be included with your comment. Your comment will be submitted to the CQ Researcher editorial staff who will review it and consider posting it to the website. CQ Press reserves the right to edit content for length and reject comments that are offensive or otherwise objectionable in nature.
Comment on this Report

To access reader's comments for past issues, either open that report and and look for the "Reader Comments" box.

Something I saw in the print edition of CQ Researcher is not in the online version of CQ Researcher. Where can I find it?

There are some instances when older Pro/Con sections, quotes, and images from print editions of CQ Researcher and Editorial Research Reports could not be included on the Web site due to online permission rights. These instances are rare, but if you can't find what you're looking for online, check your library's print collection of CQ Researcher and Editorial Research Reports to view the original report.

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