Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society

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In-Depth Resource for Today’s Most Significant Social Issues

News sound bites and traditional databases often merely scratch the surface of the most important issues of our time. Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society helps students develop an in-depth understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by controversy.

Produced with the input of leading educators and available in both academic and school versions, this database features authoritative historical context, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources on the most enduring, significant, and timely issues.

Wide Variety of Tools to Help Students Learn

The 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. Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society offers many tools that enable students to conduct deep research into historical and modern dilemmas, including:

Analyze Features: This database 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. The "Analyze" section provides tools to conduct historical inquiry lessons focused on compelling questions such as “To what extent does anyone have the right to censor the Internet?” and “Should the federal government preserve or conserve natural resources?”

Investigate Controversial Topics: 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.

Primary Source Features: A wide variety of primary sources provides historical context for the issues, including President Lyndon Johnson’s Voting Rights speech, opinions of court cases (such as Gitlow v. New York, 1925), thousands of images, and hundreds of audio and visual files, including animation of the Indonesian tsunami of 2004.