You may be asked to support one side of a controversial issue or to present both sides. These two databases present information on topics frequently discussed in news outlets. When you see something of interest, note the terminology that is used in the discussion. Try to isolate key concept words or key phrases to use when searching the online catalog and other electronic databases.
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context
A complete one-stop source for information on social issues. Users have access to viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, interactive maps, videos, streaming audio, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.
- CQ Researcher
Provides access to the most current and controversial issues of the day with complete summaries, insight into all sides of the issues, bibliographies and more, published weekly. Each single-themed, 12,000-word report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist. CQ Researcher Online offers access to CQ Researcher reports dating back to 1991. PDF files are available for reports from January 1996.
- Global Issues on the UN Agenda
An overview of global issues of interest to the United Nations, and links to other resources where you can get additional information. Includes climate change, international terrorism and AIDS, plus activities to improve people’s lives around the world – from disaster relief, through education and advancement of women, to peaceful uses of atomic energy.