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Contemporary Issue Databases and Websites
The library has several databases that specialize in presenting the debate for contemporary topics.
CQ Researcher This link opens in a new window
Covers current issues of interest, from social and teen issues, to the environment, health, education, and science and technology. Each feature article is accompanied by comments from experts, lawmakers, and citizens on opposing sides of the issue.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context This link opens in a new window
Opposing viewpoints in context covers today's hottest social issues, from offshore drilling to climate change, health care to immigration. The information provided is intended to help students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.
Room for Debate
In Room for Debate, The New York Times invites knowledgeable outside contributors to discuss news events and other timely issues.
Online Reference Databases
One of the best ways to find basic facts and background information or to get a broad understanding of your topic is to use reference resources.
The library has hundreds of databases that you can use to research contemporary issues. Here are two general, multidisciplinary databases that will let you find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on most topics. You can also look at the subject guides to find databases that are discipline-specific.