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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 "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.
Nexis Uni contains the full-text of hundreds of domestic and international newspapers, including The New York
Times (1980 -). Users can retrieve full-text articles and editorials - a good source for opinions on debated topics.
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 http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo/about/.
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."
"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."
"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..."