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Hot Topics & Opposing Viewpoints
Listed here are a few key resources that provide different viewpoints about controversial topics. Try starting your search using one or two key terms that best describe the controversy you're analyzing.
Opposing Viewpoints In Context
Brings together information on current social issues. Includes viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, media and links to selected websites.
Reports explore a single issue in the news in depth each week. They include an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.
TOPICsearch (Current Events)
a current events database that allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics including controversial opinions and viewpoints. TOPICsearch contains full text for over 60,000 articles from 399 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, EBSCO's collection of periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.
Opposing Views Book Series
The library has a number of book series that deal with differing viewpoints about controverisial topics. There are multiple volumes in each of these series, each one covering a unique topic. The three main series available are:
- Opposing Viewpoints
- Current Controversies
- The Reference Shelf
Below are samples of books available in each series. Search Primo Search using the box below by the title of the series (above) and a keyword describing your topic to see what's available. You may also search Primo Search using a few selected key words that describe your topic to find additional books, and other materials, related to your controversy.
Subject Encyclopedias are also great starting points. The articles are typically longer and more detailed than general encyclopedias. Subject encyclopedias can help guide you with:
- Understanding the scope of a topic
- Suggesting ideas for narrowing a topic
- Identifying key concepts, terms, dates and names
- Listing subject areas related to a topic
- Recommending sources for further exploration
Encyclopedia of Social Networks by
Call Number: Click on the title above for online access.
Publication Date: 2011
Focuses on types of social organizational structures and their different ways of functioning in a broad survey of social networks past and present. The set covers a vast array of fields and topics. This online version features color illustrations and dozens of media clips.