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How do you gather information when you are assigned a speech or research paper on a controversial topic?
This guide will help you locate broad topics of interest and then help you narrow down your main topic, examine different viewpoints, find statistical information to back up your argument, and help you find journal, magazine, newspaper, and Internet sites of good authority. By using this guide, you will be able to give or write a thoroughly researched speech or paper conveying your point of view intelligently on the controversial topic you have selected.
Using the library databases will help you locate newspaper, magazine, and scholarly journal articles.
Opposing Viewpoints In Context This link opens in a new window Opposing Viewpoints in Context contains information on social issues. Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, reference sources, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.
CQ Researcher This link opens in a new window This weekly publication provides in-depth, non-biased analysis of the most current major and controversial issues of the day, from 1991 to the present, with complete summaries, pros and cons, bibliographies and more.
EBSCO Power Search This link opens in a new window This site will let you search all of the EBSCO databases at once, including Academic Search Ultimate, MasterFILE Complete, and more.
Search for Books in the OCC Library
Recommended Books on Controversial Topics
These links takes you to the books in the series that are available through the library. If you haven't determined your topic yet, this is a quick way to also look for possible topics for your paper or speech. If you do know your topic, you can use this search and in the search bar add: AND your topic.
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2020 by This book includes statistics on many aspects of
social, political, economic, and demographic life in the United States. It is a valuable resource to provide data and statistics on your topic.
Call Number: Reference HA202 .U5x 2020
Publication Date: 2020-01-13
- Universal health care
- Roe v Wade
- Freedom of speech and social media
- Ethics of cloning humans
- The US military and the arms trade
- Cultural appropriation
- Censorship in China
- Political corruption
- Animal testing
- Workplace automation
- Internet privacy
- Income inequality
- Technology and police tracking
- Military use of drones
- Globalism vs isolationism
- Socialism vs capitalism
- Birthright citizenship
- Offshore drilling
- Domestic surveillance
- Universal basic income
- Foreign interference in elections
- Police shootings
- Effectiveness of political protests
- Internet activism
- Microplastics in the ocean
- Soda tax
Need more suggestions for picking a topic?
Take a look at the Picking a Topic research guide for information on how to choose a topic, narrowing your topic, and the initial research steps.