For controversial topics also try
the library guide to public
opinion. A handout
for topics is available.
Periodical and Newspaper articles
Congressional Digest Each issue is
devoted to one topic with pro/con opinions from congressional
members. Available full text in Academic
Search Complete with Congressional Digest in SO Journal
Researcher Each issue focuses
on a specific topic presenting alternative views and a bibliography.
Academic Search Complete and an annual cumulative index in the bound
volume. This title is also available on our shelves.
Global Researcher meets the increasing demand
for balanced, reliable reporting on international issues
and crises. CQ Global Researcher delivers definitive, in-depth
of newsworthy global affairs from a multitude of international
viewpoints and offers focused, readable, single-topic reports
on vital world issues.
and Controversies on File Articles
provide the history or development of an issue, a current overview,
varying opinions, a prediction of future
developments, and a short bibliography. Self-indexed. Annual
cumulative index in bound volume (VB Campus). This title is
also available on our shelves.
Viewpoints Access viewpoint articles, topic
overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to web sites,
and full-text magazine and newspaper
articles. Examples: Adoption, America's prisons, Censorship,
Death penalty, Euthanasia. This title is also available on
Gale Virtual Reference Library (r)
World Issues (call numbers vary) Each book deals
with a single topic and contains a chronology, biographies,
relevant statistics, a directory of organizations and a
bibliography. Not in a pro/con format, but an excellent
source of information on controversial topics. Examples:
Animal rights, Homelessness, Gambling, Gay and Lesbian
Rights, Ozone, Rape, Sports Ethics.
Controversies (call numbers vary) Excerpts from
articles, newspapers and books are used to present authoritative
opinions on issues of national and international interest
in a pro/con format. A short bibliography and a list of
organizations are included. Examples: AIDS, Alcoholism,
Drug Trafficking, Energy, Free Speech, Gun Control, Hate
Crimes, Pollution, Sexual Harassment, Women in the Military,
Violence Against Women.
Viewpoints (call numbers vary) Each title explores
many aspects of a broad issue using expert opinions from
contemporary and historical authors in a pro/con format.
Contains bibliographies, list of relevant organizations,
glossaries, cartoons and chronologies. Examples: Adoption,
America's prisons, Censorship, Death penalty, Euthanasia.
Shelf (call numbers vary) Each book excerpts or
reprints important articles on a contemporary social issue.
Included are background information, discussions from various
points of view, and a bibliography. Examples: Banking,
Greenhouse Effect, English-Official Language, Cults, Suicide,
Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues (call
numbers vary) Adjacent pro and con arguments excerpted
from journal articles and books are written by experts
and focus on diverse topics surrounding a broad issue area.
Examples: Israel, Bioethical Issues, American History,
Mass Media, Race and Ethnicity, Psychological Issues.
Agenda Online Public debates on hot topics offering various
views, pro and con.
ProCon.org is a nonpartisan,
nonprofit, 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation whose
purpose is to inform the public about controversial issues
facts, news, and hundreds of diverse opinions in a pro-con