Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Issues & Controversies: Today's Hot Topics Investigated

Interested in today's top issues? A politics or news junkie? Need a research topic? Not sure what you think about a particular issue, because you just don't have all the facts? Issues & Controversies, a database now available through TWU Libraries to all TWU students and faculty and staff members, has done the investigating for you.

Updated weekly and indexed by subject, Issues & Controversies provides in one location in-depth coverage of issues in the headlines (current topics include the European Debt Crisis, Gun Control, Presidential Candidates and Religion--and much, much more); research topic suggestions; a host of special features (for example, see Bill of Rights in Debate for background material on and discussion of controversial aspects of Constitutional Amendments 1 through 10; By the Numbers for a fascinating roundup of statistics on a wealth of topics; Groups to Contact for contact information for everyone from AARP to the organization Zero Population Growth--and that's just the beginning);
Tools for Students (including research tools; guidance for presenting research; and information on analyzing and understanding a variety of resources, from editorial cartoons to historic documents); Tools for Educators (including classroom activities and assignments and teaching aids)--and the list goes on.

There is a true wealth of useful information available through Issues & Controversies.
With links to a back-file, it offers thought-provoking, in-depth articles meant to inspire discussion and debate. Issues & Controversies helps researchers, both scholarly and casual, understand the crucial issues we face today by exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education and popular culture--then goes one step further by providing guidance on using that information in research and the classroom.

Access Issues & Controversies via the TWU Libraries homepage at Databases A-Z List/I/Issues & Controversies.

For questions regarding this or any other database, just
Ask a Librarian. As always, we would be happy to assist you.

~Sandy Cochran

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