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Pros and cons of debatable issues, as well reference information relevant to those issues.
Pros and cons of debatable issues as well reference information relevant to those issues.
Find Government Docs Online
Search Executive Orders from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama in the National Archives here.
Search Registered Executive Orders from Clinton to Trump here.
Tips from the Pros!
If you come across a website that will not let you access information without a "donation"...RUN AWAY!
Databases...Go here first!
SIRS Researcher This link opens in a new window
Provides insight into social issues by delivering the pros and cons from selected documents and graphics curated from over 2,000 global sources.
Issues: Understanding Controversy & Society (ABC-CLIO) This link opens in a new window
Provides context, diverse perspectives, and selected primary and secondary sources for understanding the issues that currently affect global society.
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints This link opens in a new window
Find overviews, news, and opinions on hundreds of today's important social issues.
Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies This link opens in a new window
Explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in the global community. This collection includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals, updated daily.
African American Experience (ABC-CLIO) This link opens in a new window
The American Mosaic: The African American Experience gives voice to the African American experience from its African origins to the present day
Gale OneFile: Gender Studies This link opens in a new window
Gender Studies provides balanced coverage of this significant aspect of culture and society. The database offers access to scholarly journals and magazines covering topics including gender studies, family and marital issues, and more.
Global Issues (Gale in Context) This link opens in a new window
Analyzes important global issues and events through topic overviews, international viewpoints, news, and multimedia content.
Find Special Interest Groups
Reminder: Special interest groups and lobbying groups, by definition, have a specific point of view but may also have some good research information. Proceed with that in mind.
Government website that gives brief descriptions about types of PACs. On the right-hand side, has links to SuperPACs and hybrid-PACs lists.
Ten of the biggest political action committees.
Quick of top social justice Political Non-Profits, links and descriptions.
Thorough list of Civil Rights organizations with descriptions and links.
Political Non-Profits that have spent the most on elections. Can sort information by amount spent, name of the Organization, the name of the Parent Company or Organization the group works under, if applicable, and whether or not that group is tax exempt.
The 20 companies and groups that spend the most money to influence lawmakers. The title says it all.
Top Spenders. Companies and organizations that spend the most on trying to influence lawmakers.
The CRAP Test
Evaluate Websites Using these Criteria
Currency, Relevance, Authority and Purpose/Point of View
- How recent is the information?
- How recently was the site updated?
- Is it current enough for your topic?
- Does the information add to or support your research?
- Does the site provide additional links that are also useful?
- Does the site provide more or less information than you need?
- Who is the author/creator?
- What are their credentials or connections to the subject?
- What institution are they affiliated with?
- Who is the publisher or sponsor?
Purpose/Point of View
- Is the information fact, opinion, a spoof or a commercial?
- It it biased?
- Are all sides of an issue represented?
(adapted from Rohrbough LibGuide, OSU)
Be Sure to Cite Your Sources
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