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Controversial and Current Issues: General Resources

This guide provides books, databases, and websites with information about controversial or current topics.

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General Resources

Contemporary World Issues Series – Covers current issues in America and around the world, such as human rights, world population, gun control, etc. To find books in this series, search in the catalog for “contemporary world issues”.

CQ Researcher – REF H 35 .E35. Covers most current and controversial issues of the day with complete summaries, pros and cons, bibliographies and more. Indexed in General OneFile - CQ Researcher.

Current Controversies Series – Each volume addresses a specific controversial issue. To find books in this series, search in the catalog for “current controversies”.

Facts on File – REF D 410 .F3. Weekly digest of news and current information collected from newspapers and newsmagazines all over the world.

Issues and Controversies on File – REF JK 1 .I77. A digest of news analysis and background information with cumulative index.

Opposing Viewpoints Series – Covers most topics of current interest from abortion to welfare. To find books in this series, search in the catalog for “opposing viewpoints”.

Taking Sides Series – Presents pro and con essays on contemporary controversial issues within many subject disciplines, such as drugs & society, educational issues, sex & gender, etc. To find books in this series, search in the catalog for “taking sides”.