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LexisNexis Guides for Current Events Research


  • Background Notes from the US State Department
    These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.
  • CIA World Factbook
    The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
  • CSA Discovery Guides  
    Each guide contains an article on the topic as well as a key citation list of research articles, pictures, more resources, and a glossary of terms.
  • Internet Public Library (IPL)
    ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment.
  • NPR (National Public Radio)
    "This site has current radio news transcripts along with audio recording, an excellent source to practice listening."
  • Pro-Con
    "We promote critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting research on controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format."
  • Public Agenda
    A non-partisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization with information on major policy issues.


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Find Books

Checkout the catalog to find books on your topic. Try the keywords "opposing viewpoints" or "contemporary world issues". There are some examples below:

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Pollution : opposing viewpoints - Louise I. Gerdes, book editor
Call Number: ECampus TD176.7 .P636 2006
ISBN: 073772949X
Presents a collection of essays covering various viewpoints regarding pollution.

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict - John Boaz, book editor
Call Number: ECampus DS119.7 .I82685 2005
ISBN: 0737719818
Presents articles that argue for and against various topics concerning the Israel-Palestinian Conflict, including whether U.S. aid to Israel is helping or worsening the conflict.

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Public education, America's civil religion : a social history - Carl L. Bankston III, Stephen J. Caldas
Call Number: WCampus LA212 .B25 2009
ISBN: 0807749478
The authors discuss how this faith in education often makes it difficult for Americans to think realistically about the capacities and limitations of public schooling. Bringing together history, politics, religion, sociology, and educational theory, this in-depth examination: Raises fundamental questions about what education can accomplish for the citizens of the United States; Points out that many supposedly opposing viewpoints on public education actually arise from the same root assumptions; Exposes the gaps between our pursuit of equity in schools and what we really accomplish with students; Looks at ways in which education can be organized to serve a diverse population.

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Racial and ethnic diversity in America : a reference handbook - Adalberto Aguirre, Jr.
Call Number: ECampus Ref E184.A1 A385 2003
ISBN: 157607983X
A thorough overview of the populations and social forces that have shaped the character of racial and ethnic diversity in the United States.

Recommended Databases

  • CQ Researcher
    Easy to use current events and american culture database. Provides in-depth political reports on issues related to health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy.
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    Information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more
  • American History and Life
    Covers the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present
  • American National Biography
    Brief biographical portraits of shapers of American history and culture.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full-text news, business, legal, and biographical publications
  • ProQuest Databases
    Search across multiple databases covering the arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
  • RAND California
    U.S. and California statistics on business/economics, population/demographics, education, community, health/socioeconomics, government finance, census, and politics/public opinion
  • StatUSA
    Business, trade, and economic statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Contemporary Women's Issues
    Citations for articles on women's health and human rights issues.
  • Newspaper Source
    Cover-to-cover full text for 28 national (U.S.) & international newspapers, as well as full text television & radio news transcripts.
  • ABI/INFORM Global
    Coverage of business and economic conditions, management techniques, theory and practice of business, advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, finance, taxation, computers, and more. Information on 60,000+ companies with business and executive profiles.

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President's Weekly Address

One of the sources for opposing viewpoints & current events is the President's Weekly Address.

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