This Controversial Issues Research Guide helps you find information in books, library databases, and websites.
Hot Topics Guide from O'Keefe Library, St. Ambrose University, Iowa
Oxford Reference is the premier online reference product, spanning 25 different subject areas, with over 2 million digitized entries across Oxford University Press Dictionaries, Companions, and Encyclopedias.
ProCon.org provides controversial issues presented in a balanced, comprehensive, straightforward, and primarily pro-con format.
Public Agenda: Issues Guides provides perspectives and analysis of public attitudes toward controversial social issues. The Discussion Starters section provides approaches to solving specific public policy problems, along with the pros, cons and trade-offs of each choice.
Not sure what to research for?
Check Browse All Topics in Opposing Viewpoints in Context for overviews in subject areas you might be interested in.
Once you've chosen a topic, narrow it down to a question, with at least two defensible sides and find resources for both sides of the issue; not just ones that you agree with.
Can't find what you're looking for?
Search the MOBIUS catalog to find books, journal titles, and audiovisual materials not available at the Jung-Kellogg Library on main campus.
Use the Interlibrary Loan Article Request Form to request articles not available through the Jung-Kellogg Library's databases or print periodicals collection.
Encyclopedias that specialize in specific subjects (i.e. science, law, etc.) are good resources to find history, overviews, basic facts, and ideas on how to narrow a broad topic. Encyclopedias of social issues and those covering ethics are particularly useful for background information on controversial topics.