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Controversial Issues


 SIRS Issues Researcher: features thousands of relevant full-text articles on today's hottest and controversial social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political and global issues.  Pro/Con analysis, extensive viewpoints and hundreds of related articles.
EBSCO'S Points of View Reference Center: is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides 200 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).

Gale Opposing Viewpoints
 GALE'S Opposing Viewpoints in Context " is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues ... features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and link."
 The CQ Researcher Online  is the award-winning choice of researchers seeking original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Controversial topics addressed in a balanced, unbiased manner in the CQ tradition.
 ABC-CLIO Issues  "helps students develop an in-depth understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by controversy, providing authoritative historical context, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources on today's most important issues".

Advanced Search Features for Controversial Issues Databases


Click on Library Catalog. To find books in our library. Type in a series listed below or your topic keywords. The library has some excellent but dated dual-sided resources. Try searching the following series:

An Impact Book
 Ideas in Conflict
At Issue  Issues in Focus
Contemporary World Issues  Opposing Viewpoints
Current Controversies  Taking Sides
Hot Pro/Con Issues  

We also subscribe to EBSCO ebooks. It is a good source for more current book information.

Web Resources -- a nonprofit, aiming for nonbiased, educational resource. Like the 1-Minute overview and Historical Timeline features.

Public Agenda Online--this nonpartisan page was created to, "(h)elp citizens better understand critical policy issues so they can make their own more informed and thoughtful decisions."

Hot Paper Topics--part of the O'Keefe Library at St. Ambrose University, this web page lists several topics and links to reviewed websites. 
Debatabase-- online debate topic database--useful resource for student debaters. Lists points & counterpoints and most have bibliographies.

Debatepedia -- the wikipedia of debate, sponsored by International Debate Education Association (IDEA) . Use this carefully, as it can be updated by anyone.  Good for ideas and point/counterpoint suggestions.

Gallup -- Statistics and articles based on this polling company's research.

SweetSearch - a search engine for students, where every source has been evaluated by research experts.

Evaluating Web Sites:

CARS Google Docs Template (Make sure you are signed in to Google,  Copy and save with your name in front of the document title, e.g. Powell CARS: Website Evaluation Checklist)

Citation Help:

MLA Citation Help: