Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society

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This database helps students develop an in-depth understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by controversy, providing authoritative historical context, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources on today's most important issues. Global warming. Gun control. Abortion. World poverty. Our modern world is even more complicated and troubled than one might imagine possible. Investigating current issues--both domestic and worldwide--serves to educate students and help them develop critical thinking skills. It also promotes informed citizens capable of making responsible decisions that will dictate our future. News sound bites and traditional databases often only scratch the surface of the important issues of our time. Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society goes far beyond simple lists of information and keyword searches, giving researchers insight into timely and enduring questions in our world, tying history to current events to sharpen the understanding of both. Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society has been produced and further refined with the input of leading scholars and educators. The newly integrated, easy-to-use interface is designed to lead researchers through the complexities of a wide variety of challenges facing the United States and the world beyond. Users can research over 150 of today's most significant social issues, accessing 3,000 articles and 4,000 multimedia primary sources. This database also provides students the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in debate on tough topics through its Analyze features--exclusive presentations of thought-provoking questions and various viewpoints on each controversial subject. This rich online resource helps users investigate controversial topics by framing thoughtful questions, revealing the background story behind the issues and providing scholars' perspectives and analyses, allowing students to formulate educated opinions on hotly debated "gray area" subjects. This resource is available in formats designed specifically for academic libraries or public and K-12 libraries. The Academic database includes a feature titled "Idea Exchange." This collection of peer-reviewed articles presents multiple perspectives on core topics and is designed to encourage deeper scholarly exploration and discussion. The articles serve as models of well-constructed argumentative essays. And, they are citable for college- and university-level research papers. Users will find current MLA 7th edition, Chicago 15th ed., and APA 6th edition citation options to help simplify the bibliographic process. Tools for use of the online databases: ABC-CLIO Tools for Middle and High School LibrariesABC-CLIO Tools for Higher Education Libraries 

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