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Research Resources

Background Sources

Articles in Scholarly Encyclopedias

Reference Books & Ebooks

Research Organizations 

  • Gun Rights vs. Gun Control (

U.S. Government Agencies

Gun Rights Advocacy Organizations

Gun Control Advocacy Organizations

Data Sources

Gun Violence

Follow the Money


  • Daily Bulletin (The Trace)
    The Trace is a non-profit new agency dedicated to reporting on the gun crisis in the U.S. It was formed as a news spinoff from the Everytown for Gun Safety advocacy group. The Daily Bulletin digests stories from other news media and the Trace also conducts extensive reporting.of its own.
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
    This freely accessible database is a comprehensive source for criminal justice publications, including library abstracts for 225,000+ journal articles, research reports, data sets, and government publications. Since 2014, journal articles are largely excluded, with the focus on materials produced, funded, and sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Most entries include links to the full text of reports and data sets. Search for the full text of journal article and book titles in the Ship Discovery Service.
  • U.S. Government Documents Catalog
    Covers U.S. government publications from the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. Contains 500,000+ publications since 1976, with full-text for most recent materials. Freely accessible database

Laws and Legislation

Key Publications

In-Depth Journalism

Newspaper Topic Guides

A number of important national newspapers have topic or issue sections of their website that bring together all the paper's articles on particular topics. The leading example of this is "Times Topics" from the New York Times. Each topic guide/section has a search tool that lets you refine your search.

Unfortunately, these sections are often not easy to browse or locate on the newspaper websites. Use the "High Quality Web Source Finder" search box above to search for your topic. Then choose the Newspaper Topic Guides tab to look for these in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune. If you should hit a pay wall when browsing these newspapers, simply search for articles from any of these three papers using the ProQuest Newstand library database.

Science News

Congressional Research Service Reports (CRS Reports)

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the public policy research division of Congress. It issues detailed research reports on a very wide range of issues. CRS doesn't maintain its own website, but its reports are available through several organizations and libraries.

Web Directories
Note: This list is mostly comprised of information compiled on the website of Shippenburg University, and is provided here under the Fair Use Doctrine.