Over the past couple weeks, we have been inundated with news reports and social media conversations on current hot-button issues. From the debate about the Confederate flag being flown over the Capitol Building in South Carolina, to the national legalization of same-sex marriage, most people are passionate about their viewpoints on these issues, whether they support or oppose them, and we can find ourselves getting caught up in all the arguing.
How can we get past the debates and learn more about the facts behind the issues? Fortunately our Reference department has two helpful databases that can help you to explore both sides of many commonly-debated topics. You can find similar topics on both databases, but they are laid out in different formats.
Facts on File Issues and Controversies is very useful because once you select an issue, it tells you briefly what the supporters argue and what the opponents argue and then allows you to dig deeper into graphs, charts, and further information on each topic. You can also search a topic to find articles on each subject.
Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context is great because once you select a topic, the results are broken down into featured viewpoints, videos, news articles, academic journals, and any other resources they may have on the topic.
You can use either one to explore a wide range of issues such as animal rights, charter schools, media bias, bullying, negative campaigning, population growth, fracking, racial profiling, and stem cell research.
Hopefully you'll find these databases useful in educating yourself on the hottest issues!