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The information below can assist you with choosing a controversial topic and finding articles presenting both sides of an issue. This is a good starting point that will provide you with background information on a topic and help you to narrow your focus to one or two issues for your paper. Once you have identified the issues, you will be equipped to begin selecting articles from research databases (Academic Search Premier, NewsBank Access World News, etc.) and information from books.

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Congressional Digest
A monthly nonpartisan publication that presents analysis and debate on important public policy issues facing the U.S. Congress. Each month is devoted to a single controversial topic (Welfare Reform, School Prayer, Chemical Weapons, etc.) giving an overview and legislative background, followed by pro and con position papers from members of Congress. An index to "Issues by Topic" is available on the Congressional Digest's website. Print copies of the magazine are located in the Periodicals Department and full-text articles are available in the Academic Search Premier Library database.

Encyclopedia of Social Issues
A six volume encyclopedia that provides 1-2 page articles on hundreds of contemporary social issues. (Located in the Reference collection: Ref. HN 57 E59 1997.)

Web Sites
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Social Issues
The Social Issue Web page is part of the Multnomah County Library (Oregon) "Homework Center". Although its stated audience is middle school students, the site is appropriate for any researcher. Each issue contains links to "megasites," followed by sites with pro and con arguments.
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