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Finding Information on Current Controversial Topics


These resources are good for exploring current controversial topics and for gathering background information:

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
  • CQ Researcher - Provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Our reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to subjects.
  • Issues and Controversies - Explores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. Especially helpful feature is the Pro/Con section for background information on all sides of an argument.
  • Points of View Reference Center - Full-text database which provides students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. 270+ topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide. Presents a balance of materials from all viewpoints, including Sources: 1,200 main essays, leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents & reference books.
  • - nonprofit nonpartisan public charity, provides professionally-researched pro, con, and related information on more than 50 controversial issues from gun control and death penalty to illegal immigration and alternative energy.

Finding Scholarly Articles

Academic Search Complete is a multidisciplinary resource in which you can search for scholarly articles on any number of topics. It is helpful to narrow your search in order to get the most relevant articles for your assignment.

These tutorials may help you in understanding how to search. Bear in mind that these are EbscoHost tutorials and that Academic Search Complete is just one of many databases that EBSCOhost offers.

Introduction to EBSCOhost

EBSCOhost Advanced Searching

Using the EBSCOhost Result List

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