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Research Guide For Controversial Topics   Tags: english_subject  

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This guide will help you find materials that contain varying political perspectives on contemporary issues in the news media. It focuses on the following four kinds of materials, represented by the tabs that are located above this space.

  • News and Opinion Magazines
    Time and Newsweek are the most popular of this family of magazines. The purpose of these magazines is to take a stand on the issues of the day. Time and Newsweek tend to be more moderate than some other ones. Other news and opinion magazines are more radical, whether it be conservative or liberal. A few are eclectic, which means they may contain articles that from many perspectives. This guide labels the political perspective of the various magazines.
  • Newspaper Editorials
    Most daily newspapers contain editorial sections. Sometimes those sections are called "Opinion" or "Perspective." These sections contain Letters to the Editor, columns written by national writers, and also columns written by the editor of that specific newspaper. Those columns usually take a position on a controversial topic. This guide helps you find those kinds of articles.
  • Books
    Books can provide a depth of information, including the context, background, and technical aspects of a particular issue.
  • Internet Sites
    This page identifies selected internet sites from political parties, government-sponsored lists of controversial topics, and gateway pages to lists of varying columnists.

Places To Search For Articles And Books

  • Catalog And Ebsco Discovery Service
    Choose the "Catalog" tab to search for books. Choose the "Articles" tab to search the Ebsco Discovery Service, a meta-search engine, combining many databases, plus the Library's catalog, allowing you to search for articles and books at the same time.
  • Newsbank
    Newsbank is a vast newspaper database. You may search for articles globally, nationally, by state, or by city.

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