Here is another database that specializes in encyclopedic-type background information. It is a great place to start finding overview information on your problem and some of the potential solutions already attempted.
Provides current, in-depth, and objective information on contemporary issues. Coverage begins in 1995. This is the on-line version of the print Issues and Controversies collection on the Contemporary Issues Index table.
This database searches a variety of newspapers, including the Arizona Republic, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times and others. It is a great place to find current news stories on different problems being faced by society today.