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History Series (Opposing Viewpoints)|
World Issues |
Series on Current Topics|
in a Book|
Title: Congressional Digest|
Reference Shelf |
Sides ... Clashing Views on ...|
The series noted below deal with the pros and cons of controversial
series are in the Library -- in print and/or digital (electronic)
Besides the series noted, the library collection contains a number
of other sources on controversial topics.
that the link print or electronic will
take you to the source material.
To check for a particular series yourself, click on the online catalog
button to go directly to the series.
Once you have located the listing for the title of the series, all
the books of the series will be listed in alphabetical order.
the list of Suggested Research Topics
by ABC-CLIO. From the advertisement: "This
award-winning series seeks to bring understanding to and encourage
activism on urgent issues in our world through a series of one-stop
reference books that addresses the concerns of students, researchers,
and citizens everywhere. Each volume includes: an authoritative
introductory essay, a historical overview, including a chronology
of events, legislation, movements, and initiatives, biographies
of prominent activists, advocates, and legislators, an annotated
survey of relevant literature, access to valuable nonprint resources
like computer databases, electronic bulletin boards, and audiovisual
materials, a current directory of leading organizations and agencies,
a glossary of important terms, an overview of pertinent information."
CQ Researcher [electronic
in print and online 44 times a year, the single-themed CQ Researcher
report offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social
issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international
affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy."
CQ products are published by CQ Press, a division of CQ Quarterly,
From the back cover: "The content of each volume in Current
Controversies mirrors the mosaic of opinions encountered in society.
Each anthology in the series is composed of primary sources taken
from a wide gamut of informational categories including periodicals,
newspapers, books, United States and foreign government documents,
and the publications of private and public organizations."
"The purpose ... is to explore many of the social, political,
and economic controversies dominating the national and international
scenes today. Titles selected for inclusion in the series are highly
focused and specific."
by Gary E. McCuen: From the advertisement: "The Ideas
in Conflict series presents cognitive conflict through debates,
forums and symposiums from across the political spectrum. Each title
in the series includes library study guides and classroom discussion
activities that focus on one or more of the following: values in
conflict, points and counterpoints, ethnocentrism, global perspectives,
reasoning skill development, editorial cartoons [and] the political
Information Series on Current Topics
by Information Plus: (The most current year is shelved in the Reference
collection and may not be taken from the Library. Older editions
are in the circulating collection and may be borrowed from the Library.)
The newer editions of these books are in the Reference section of
the Library because they contain charts, graphs, and summaries of
legislation dealing with each topic. This is one of the best sources
for current and comparative statistics. Some pro/con information
is also included. When we receive updated editions, the older editions
are added to the circulating collection.
in a Book
by Facts on File. From the description on the title page: "Each
volume of the Facts On File Library in a Book series is carefully
designed to be the best one-volume source for research on important
current problems. Written clearly and carefully so that even the
most complex aspects of the issue are easily understandable, the
books give the reader the research tools to begin work, plus the
information needed to delve more deeply into the topic. Each book
includes a history of the subject, biographical information on important
figures in the field, a complete annotated bibliography, and a carefully
designed index -- everything the researcher needs to get down to
by Greenhaven Press: This series investigates various aspects of
each topic with paired articles for and against each position taken.
From advertisements for the series: "to help readers become
more intelligent and discriminating consumers of information in
our media-centered culture. The series uses magazines, journals,
books, and newspapers, as well as statements and position papers
from a wide range of individuals and organizations. The discussion
activities are designed to help develop basic reading and thinking
History Series (Opposing Viewpoints)
by Greenhaven Press. Like the Opposing Viewpoints Series, this
series "makes issues relevant, exciting and interesting.
Unlike other American history anthologies, primary sources placed
in a pro/con format show readers how rarely Americans have reached
a consensus on any issue. ... By comparing and contrasting opposing
views, readers become involved in history, caught up in the ideas
and issues that made past policy and continue to affect politics
by H. W. Wilson. From the volume on AIDS: "The books in this
series contain reprints of articles, excerpts from books, and addresses
on current issues and social trends in the United States and other
countries. There are six separately bound numbers in each volume,
all of which are generally published in the same calendar year.
One number is a collection of recent speeches: each of the others
is devoted to a single subject and gives background information
and discussion from various points of view, concluding with a comprehensive
bibliography. Books in this series may be purchased individually
or on subscription."
Sides: Clashing Views on ...
Publishing Group. These are debate-style readers designed to introduce
students to controversies in a number of different subject areas.
"For each issue, the editors provide a concise introduction
and challenge questions. The introduction sets the stage for the
debate as it is argued in the 'yes' and 'no' readings, and the challenge
questions provoke further examination of the issue."
Tip: All of the series have
unique call numbers. When you locate one of the books on a topic,
you will be able to browse other books on that topic shelved in
the same area.
by Congressional Digest Corporation. This monthly magazine presents
both sides of controversial political and social issues currently
being debated in Congress. Each issue is devoted to one topic with
leading members of Congress or various government associations presenting
the pro & con arguments for the topic. Examples of some of the
topics from previous issues are health care reform, welfare reform
& prayer in public schools. Contributors to the Prayer in Public
Schools issue include Senator Jesse Helms and Senator Strom Thurmond
on the "pro" side with Senator Mark Hatfield and the United
Church in Christ on the "con" side. The introduction states
that this is "an independent monthly...Not an official organ,
not controlled by any party, interest, class, or sect." The current
year's issues are located in the Periodicals Room and previous years
are located in alphabetical order by title on the Reference Room shelves.
NEIT library subscribes to many research databases, one of which
These databases index numerous publications including series, journals,
periodicals, magazines, and more. Check on current information on
controversial topics. See the Reference Librarian for help in searching
are some of the topics and ideas that will be included in the series:
| Africa | AIDS | America's Cities | America's Defense |
America's Elections | America's Future | America's Prisons | America's
Children | America's Economy | American Values | American Military
| American Government | American Foreign Policy | American Agriculture
| Animal Rights |
Apartheid | Arms Race |
the Federal Budget | Biomedical Ethics | Bosnia |
Capitalism | Censorship | Central America |
Chemical and Biological Weapons | Chemical Dependency | Child Abuse
China | Civil Liberties | Communism | Congressional Term Limits
Crime & Criminals | Culture Wars |
Death and Dying | Death Penalty | Drug Abuse | Drug-Addicted Babies
Eastern Europe | Ecology | Education in America | Elderly |
Environmental Crisis | Euthanasia |
Family in America | Farm Policy | Feminism | Firearms and Social
Genetic Engineering | Global Resources |
Global Warming and the Ozone Layer |
Health Crisis | Health Care | Homeless | Homosexuality | Human Sexuality
Illiteracy in America | Immigration | Inner City Violence |
International Drug Trade | Iran Iraq War | Israel |
Latin America and U.S. Foreign Policy | Legal Reform | Lobbying
Male/Female Roles | Mass Media | Middle East | Militarizing Space
Nicaraguan Revolution | Nuclear War | Nuclear Waste | Nuclear Winter
Paranormal Phenomena | Poison in Your Food |
Political Murder in Central America | Politics in America |
Poor and Minority Health Care | Population and Human Survival |
Pornography and Sexual Violence | Poverty | Prayer in Public Schools
Privatizing Social Security |
Racism | Religion in America | Religion and Politics |
Saving Endangered Species | Science and Technology |
Science and Religion | Sexual Values | Social Justice | Soviet Union
Sports in America | Suicide | Superpowers |
Teenage Pregnancy | Teenage Sexuality | Telecommunications Reform
Third World Trade | Treating the Mentally Disabled |
Vanishing Rainforests | Vietnam War | Violence in America |
Violent Relationships |
War and Human Nature | War on Drugs | Water Quality |
Workfare Vs. Welfare | World Hunger and Social Justice |
Wide Web has wonderful resources. The NEIT Librarians have compiled
numerous Web resources on the kinds of topics listed above.
-- Consult the WWW
Resources page for extensive resources on General Reference
Websites, and Research
Topics A - Z. The NEIT Librarians have evaluated the
source material on these websites.
2 -- Check this website's Site
Index for topics.
3 -- It is important to understand How
to Evaluate a Website as some websites can be deceiving
in their content or intent.
4 -- When researching on the Internet, try to limit
your search to those websites with the domain .edu While
this is a helpful suggestion, it is not a foolproof guarantee that
the website is valid source material.