Social Issues, Statistics, & Controversial Topics

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

If you are researching a controversial or current issue, Opposing Viewpoints provides a complete one-stop resource for information, including over 14,000 full-text pro-and-con articles on topics in the news, over 5,000 statistical charts and graphs, and thousands of National Public Radio programs.  Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, visit the Cengage Solutions Website and download the "Access My Library" app. If you use Google Chrome, you can download a browser app for this database.


Statistical Abstract of the United States

Formerly published by the Bureau of the Census, the ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the comprehensive summary of thousands of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Start here to do numerical research on race, ethnicity, housing, immigration, gender, births, deaths, marriage and divorce, health and nutrition, education, law enforcement and prisons, geography and environment, elections, Federal, state and local government, national security and veterans affairs, Social Security, labor and earnings, income, poverty and wealth, science and technology, agriculture, fishing, mining, energy, construction, trade, transportation, banking and insurance, the arts, travel, commerce, and even some international statistics.  Available in the Library at the library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321).


The Reference Shelf

Similar to Opposing Viewpoints, The Reference Shelf publishes e-books with an extensive, unbiased exploration of a topic of importance in modern society every other month, and includes a compilation of notable articles from respected publications, abstracts of an additional 20 to 30 articles, and a bibliography of other sources. Available back to 2015.  Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321).


Student Resources in Context

For teachers and students of middle and high school grades, this database covers core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies and more, providing a premium selection of reference material. More than a thousand full-text periodicals and newspapers, maps, images, primary sources, creative works and multimedia, including hours of video, audio clips and podcasts are at your fingertips. This database also provides the Lexile reading levels for periodicals.  Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, visit the Cengage Solutions Website and download the "Access My Library" app. If you use Google Chrome, you can download a browser app for this database.