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CQ Researcher Explained

CQ Researcher is the choice of researchers seeking original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Published 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 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.

While CQ Researcher is not peer-reviewed, it is an great source for current events and is considered to be a credible source.

How do I search CQ Researcher?

There are multiple ways to find CQ Researcher reports that are of interest to you but you must be logged into CQ Researcher to use them.

You may:

  • Select from the current or recent reports on the homepage.
  • Search for a keyword, using the quick search box or by using filters on the Advanced Search page.
  • Use Browse by Topic, which allows you to browse all reports on all topics, and narrow the focus of your research.
  • Use Browse by Date of publication, which allows you to locate the most recent reports published or to see all reports published in a particular year.
  • Use Browse by Issue Tracker, which allows you to see all of the reports published on a narrowly defined topic.
  • Use Browse by Pro/Con, which lets you select a report based on the expert Pro/Con debate feature contained within each report.


Using CQ Researcher Some tips on using the popular controversial issues database CQ Researcher by the PSU (Portland State University) Library.

CQ Researcher 3 page guide

CQ Researcher Search Guide CQ Researcher is an award-winning weekly online publication providing authoritative and accessible content and analysis on newsworthy social and political issues. Each report is an original work, researched and written by an experienced journalist and is professionally factchecked. CQ Researcher content is renowned for its objectivity, breadth and depth of coverage.