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Hot Topics - Maple Woods


If you are looking for up-to-date information about current events, controversial topics, or newsworthy subjects, this guide can help!

  • Visit the Online Databases page to be directed to resources that allow you to search for magazine and newspaper articles.
  • Our Videos page provides links to streaming video services that the MCC libraries subscribe to.
  • Do you need to fact check a source or claim? The Web Sites page shares links to reliable fact checking sites.
  • Finally, if you are looking for books, ebooks, or streaming audio books, visit the Print Resources and Ebooks and E Audio Books pages. 

Need help? Ask a librarian!

Choosing a Current Issue for Research

The most current information about popular, controversial, or straight-from-the-headlines subjects will be in daily and weekly publications (printed and online), like newspapers and news magazines.

When deciding on a topic, you will need to:

  • Brainstorm for ideas
  • Choose a topic that is manageable and has material readily available (be flexible!)
  • Make a list of key words
  • Define your topic as a focused research question
  • Research and read more about your topic
  • Formulate a thesis statement

Remember, selecting a good topic may not be easy. It must be narrow and focused enough to be interesting, yet broad enough to find adequate information. Before determining your topic, make sure you know what your final project should look like. Each class or instructor will likely require a different format or style of research project.

Maple Woods Library Contact and Hours

MCC-Maple Woods Library
2601 NE Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64156

Summer Hours

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Thursday: 8am to 5pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED