- Issues & Controversies is a collection complied by Facts on File, a company known for providing timely and comprehensive information about current events. Featuring articles that go into depth on the most divisive and important topics of the day, Issues & Controversies is a great place to start looking for a paper topic for classes in the social sciences, or to choose an issue to write about for an SS 202 (American Politics) paper. There’s a convenient listing of hot topics on the home page, such as:
- NSA Affordable Care Act
- Antitrust Law
- Economic Sanctions
- Gay Rights
- Gun Control
- Immigration Policy
- The Legacy of the Arab Spring
- Net Neutrality
- NSA Surveillance Programs
- Police Brutality
- Private Property Rights
- U.S. Policy Towards Iran
- Voting Rights Act
The site also includes a search box and subject index to help you find information on an area of interest – plus, you can find debates that support either side of the argument on controversial issues in the news.
- Who should use this collection: Cadets taking classes on politics and social issues.
- What those users will find:
- In-depth treatment of controversial topics in today’s headlines, including background information for/key events in the history of the topic.
- Explanation of relevant legislation.
- Descriptions of any interest groups.
- Government actors and citizen involvement in the issue.
- Presentation of the views from opposing sides of the issue.
Tips for searching Issues and Controversies:
- Follow the link to Issues & Controversies under the “Social Sciences” heading of the USMA Library’s “Databases by Topic” page.
- If you’re looking for a current topic, review the list of links on the top right of the home page under “Issues in the Headlines.” A featured topic appears under the main photo on the home page as well; just click “more” if that topic is of interest.
- You can always perform a search using the search box and limiters in the upper left portion of the page, or browse the “Subject Index” to investigate specific topics in general subject areas.
- Finally, if you’re looking for a debate, check out “Issues: Pro and Con” for views on all sides of a topic.
As always, ask a Librarian for help if you have any questions about any of our research products!