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Exploring Controversial Issues: Home
About This Website
Do you have an assignment that requires you to explore the pros and cons of a controversial issue such as gun control, immigration, or health care reform? Do you have to write a persuasive or argumentative essay, or take a side on an issue for a speech or a debate? This website provides suggestions for finding reliable information on topics of current interest.
Choosing a Topic
If you don't yet have a topic and need some ideas, these resources can help:
Demographic statistics can be useful when preparing an argument for an essay or debate. This database offers many options for generating reports of demographic information such as income, housing, race, age, education, retail spending, and more. Helpful video tutorials are included.
Research on U.S. politics and policy; journalism and media; internet, science and technology; religion and public life; Hispanic trends; global attitudes and trends; and U.S. social and demographic trends.
Frequently cited by journalists, public officials and researchers, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll regularly conducts surveys about political races, state and national elections, and issues of public concern, such as schools, taxes, transportation, municipal services, and the environment.
Links to U.S. government agencies that provide data and statistics on the economy, criminal justice, labor, transportation, education, energy, agriculture, health, and more.
You might be familiar with using Google Scholar to search for information from scholarly sources, but did you know there's a trick to making it even more useful? This video shows you how to plug Google Scholar into our library databases for increased access to full text materials.