Current Events - newspapers will help identify recent issues, and international newspapers will give a much different perspective than local or national, which can provide a point of comparison.
Once you have an idea, look in the Library's OneSearch tool to see what we have in different databases, as well as books and ebooks. OneSearch is great for broad results.
Academic Research - once you have a topic, support it through academic research to see what others have written on the subject.
Citation Indexes - These databases may not include full text but they do allow you to analyze all the research available on a subject through the works that have been cited, so you can see what important texts have been most cited on the topic and what you should make sure to read yourself.
To look through the library's full collection of databases and catalog use the OneSearch Box below.
Maritime issues are generally tracked in some way by the federal government, which collects all kinds of research and data:
You can also look to the federal agencies themselves:
More local information can be found here:
The UN collects international data: