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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:

Research and Writing Tips


The MDC Libraries provide free access to over 100 databases containing popular and scholarly periodicals, ebooks, videos, and other types of information resources.

The following databases are best bets for finding information on controversial issues.

How to Log In: You might be prompted for one of the following two logins when entering a database.

  • If asked for your Miami Dade College account, log in with you MDC username and password.
  • If asked for a Borrower ID and Password/PIN, your borrower ID is your MDC student ID number, and your Password/PIN is the last 4 digits of your MDC student ID number.

Current Issues:

General Topics:




More Database Resources

Many of our databases include special features that are often overlooked. The following suggestions can be helpful for researching controversial issues.

Web Resources

Google Scholar

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.

See also: Google Search Operators and Google Search Tools and Filters for helpful Google search tips.

Access to Other Libraries

Miami Dade College ID card

If you are a currently registered MDC student, your MDC ID card can be used for borrowing privileges at the Florida International University Libraries.

If you are a resident of Miami-Dade County, you can apply for a public library card that can be used at all branches of the Miami Dade Public Library System.

Use the links below to search the holdings of the FIU and Miami Dade Public Libraries:

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This page was created and is maintained by
Jenny Saxton.

Questions and comments are welcome.