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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.
  • 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.

Locating Scholarly Articles/Sources