The obvious solution is to choose a different research problem to investigate. However, if the topic is of particular interest to you, here are several strategies you can use to find scholarly or related research-level analysis of a very current issue or event:

Look for related literature that provide opportunities for comparative analysis. For example, only now are scholarly research studies emerging that investigate the roots of the Occupy Wall Street Movement and its impact throughout various sectors of society. However, by reviewing the research literature about past protest movements in the United States, you can extrapolate key lessons learned or identify new ways of understanding the central research problem associated with the current event.
Locate opinions/statements of prominent authors and researchers. Leading scholars are often called upon by news organizations, editors of leading newspapers and other media outlets, both in print and online, to comment and provide insight during and immediately after an event. For example, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many prominent experts on disaster management and recovery were interviewed and asked to comment on how New Orleans should be rebuilt. Although these sources do not constitute a body of scholarly research, the writings of leading scholars can be considered authorities because they represent the opinions and observations of experts who have gained in-depth knowledge on the topic as a result of conducting prior research.
Identify research centers and special interest organizations that focus on studying current issues and events. Research centers and special interest organizations often lead the effort to study and publish in-depth reports about a current issue or event. In the case of research centers, this is because their purpose is to bring together scholars and practitioners who have special expertise or interest a particular subject area. The mission of many special interest groups is to attempt to influence policy or to promote a specific agenda. Note, that because many research institutes and special interest group organizations are privately funded, you must watch out for any bias in their analysis or recommendations.


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