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Library databases, internet sites, and reference books, for researching controversial issues and topics.
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'Taking Sides' Book Series

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"Taking Sides" Series
ISBN: 0078139546
The Taking Sides book series offers debate style readings on a wide variety of topics, such as world politics (pictured); death & dying; media & society; and bioethics.

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Current Controversies in the Biological Sciences
Call Number: Online via eBrary
ISBN: 0262072807
Publication Date: 2009
"Current Controversies in the Biological Sciences examines the ways in which the federal government uses scientific information in reaching policy decisions, providing case studies of the interactions between science and government on different biomedical, biological, and environmental issues. These case studies document a broad range of complex issues in science policy--from the Human Genome Project to tobacco regulation..."

Pro and Con Viewpoints

  • CQ Researcher
    Published by CQ Press, CQ Researcher offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues.
    Recent report topics include "Government Secrecy," "Intelligent Design," and "Right to Die."
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a database based on the social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, and other Gale imprints. It features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, academic journal and newspaper articles, primary source documents, and statistics.
  • Congressional Digest
    Congressional Digest "reports on pros and cons, background and verbatim arguments of legislation before Congress, each issue dealing with one law under consideration." Academic Search Complete provides coverage to this publication from 1921 to the present.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Lexis contains the full-text of hundreds of domestic and international newspapers, including The New York
    (1980 -) and The Washington Post (1977 -). Users can retrieve full-text articles and editorials - a good source for opinions on debated topics. Newspaper articles also frequently report the results of polls and surveys, and users may try adding one or both of these terms to their searches, or use the index terms, one of which is "polls and surveys."

CRS Reports (Congressional Research Service)

The Legislative Reference Service was established by Congress in 1914, as a separate department within the Library of Congress, to serve the research needs of the Congress. In 1970, Congress changed the name to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), and broadened its obligations.

The mission of the CRS is to serve the Congress by providing comprehensive, authoritative, and nonpartisan research and analysis, in order to inform members of Congress as they prepare for debate.

Read more about the history and mission of the CRS at

  • Federation of American Scientists (FAS) Index to CRS Reports (Congressional Research Service)
    "The Congressional Research Service, a component of the Library of Congress, conducts research and analysis for Congress on a broad range of issues of national policy. While many CRS memoranda are generated in response to individual Member or staff inquiries and are confidential, most CRS reports are available to anyone who has access to a congressional intranet.

    Yet at the direction of Congress, CRS does not make even its non-confidential publications directly available to the public online. In order to help overcome this unnecessary barrier, the Federation of American Scientists endeavors to provide current, regularly updated public access to as many non-confidential CRS reports as possible. These reports are provided without congressional or CRS authorization as a public service."
  • Congressional Research Service Reports (CRS) and Issue Briefs (U.S. Dept. of State)
    Browse by date, region, or topic.
  • Open CRS (Congressional Research Service)
    "CRS Reports do not become public until a member of Congress releases the report. A number of libraries and non-profit organizations have sought to collect as many of the released reports as possible. Open CRS is a centralized utility that brings together these reports."

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