The following library databases, CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints, are great places to begin you research. If you haven't decided on a topic, you might browse these databases for potential topics. Please note, these databases are great resources for "in the news" social/political/economic topics. If you have a more specific topic e.g. should we abolish the penny, you will find more results using general databases such as Proquest or EbscoHost.
OPEN CRS (Congressional Research Service) Freely available reports from the Congressional Research Service. American taxpayers spend over $100 million a year to fund the Congressional Research Service, a "think tank" that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. Yet, these reports are not made available to the public in a way that they can be easily obtained. Open CRS provides citizens access to CRS Reports that are already in the public domain.
Use the following databases to find articles about your topic. These databases index journals, newspapers and other material.