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Research Tools: In the News

Topic Information and Breakdown

ECHO Online

WATCH Our How-To Video for ECHO

We highly recommend using ECHO to either FIND a TOPIC or when you have a topic, to gain a clear understanding of the BACKGROUND ARGUMENTS and INFORMATION.

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Current Affairs / News Episodes

We highly recommend that you have a browse through the links below. 

Search the archives of the programs below for topic ideas or for information on your topic. 

WATCH Our How-To Video on Using These Websites

ABC 7.30: Local and National Current Affairs Information. Search the archives here.


SBS Insight: 60 min discussion looking at the various perspectives on a current issue. Search the archives here.

ABC Four Corners current affairs on national and international issues. Search the archive here.

The Triple J radio segment Hack: on a range of current topics. Archive here.

ABC Big Ideas Includes talks, lectures, documentaries across a huge range of interesting topics. (Pre-2014)


Alternatives to Mainstream News

"The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. Our team of professional editors work with university, CSIRO and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public.

Access to independent, high-quality, authenticated, explanatory journalism underpins a functioning democracy. Our aim is to allow for better understanding of current affairs and complex issues. And hopefully allow for a better quality of public discourse and conversations."

Australian Independent Journalism

New Matilda is independent journalism and coverage of Australian and international politics, media and culture since 2004.

Need a Newspaper Article?

To Find a Newspaper Article....


2. Current Social Issues and Current Environmental Issues (2015-16)

Short videos on how to use each site are included as links.  


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Search for:

1. Newspaper Articles 

2. Topic Information (Background information, questions, resources, etc.)


To find NEWSPAPER articles: 



 To find TOPIC information: 




2. Current Social Issues and Current Environmental Issues (2015-16)

Current Social Issues and Current Environmental Issues are available both in PRINT (in folders in the Library Reference Area) and ONLINE in the Library Catalogue. 

To access ONLINE

STEP 1.  Open Library Catalogue > Select 'Advanced Search'.
Type in 'current social issues' in the series section, and your topic in the keyword section.

STEP 2. Open an entry to would like and click on the URL and place your 5 digit ID number off your Library Card. A PDF will open.