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Researching: Current Events & Controversial Issues


Will you be discussing or writing about a current event and/or controversial issue? Do you need to write a position paper or present a persuasive argument? Check out the resources listed here. Take a look at the list of suggestions on the Gather Information page, too.

CQ Researcher Online (Online: 1923 - presentPrint: 1995 - 2014)
CQ Researcher Pro/Con Section


"... original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Founded in 1923 as Editorial Research Reports, CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy." graphic


Searching, Introduction to Search, Search by Subject and Policy Area
Congressional Record Daily Digest | Proceedings and Debates of the U.S. Congress
Congressional Research Service | CRS Reports

CRS approaches complex topics from a variety of perspectives and examines all sides of major policy issues. Current policies are analyzed and the impact of proposed policy alternatives are presented, along with expert congressional testimony and more.

Pew Research Center


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Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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An Encyclopaedia Britannica website, "To promote civility, critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting the pro and con arguments to debatable issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, freely accessible way.” With discussion questions, a take action section, sources, and a teachers' corner.


Gallup News, "insights on the topics that matter most to leaders around the world"

Global Indicators,"statistics for measuring what matters most at work and in life"



Look beyond a Google News search, learn what journalists and other authors have written about your topic. Search our newspaper subscriptions for articles.

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Reference books? Browse the library's virtual Reference Shelf

Browse the Reference Shelf for an "...unbiased exploration of a topic of importance in modern society, in a compilation of notable articles from respected publications, abstracts of 20 to 30 additional articles, and a bibliography of other sources."

This is a short list of our Reference Shelf books. You'll find others on our Salem Press ebooks page.

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