For basic researching, Academic Search Complete is the best! It indexes over 8300 publications, of which, 4500 are in full text. This database covers a wide range of topics and is most appropriate for current and popular topics.
Academic OneFile is similar to Academic Search Complete, but perhaps not quite as comprehensive.
CQ stands for Congressional Quarterly, but don't let that fool you. Its coverage is much more than political. It provides excellent articles on many pertinent current events topics. Additionally, there is a portion of each article called Pro/Con for you who are expected to defend a particular side of a topic.