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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.
You might be familiar with using Google Scholar to search for information from scholarly sources, but did you know there's a way to make it even more useful? The link above is a customized link that automatically connects Google Scholar to MDC's library databases to increase your chances of gaining free access to fee-based materials. Entering Google Scholar through this link enables you to see which of your search results are freely available in MDC's databases, and provides direct links to those resources.
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.