Answered By: Priscilla Coulter
Last Updated: Feb 27, 2017     Views: 185

The websites linked below are reputable sources of opposing viewpoints on a wide variety of controversial topics.  But, if you don't find enough coverage of your topic in any of those, there are ways that you can target differing opinions in the library's databases:

  • Get some background information.  You need to know as much about your topic as possible, and background research should give you a general idea of what different viewpoints exist.  Take particular note of the words most commonly used to describe your topic (and each viewpoint), and the names of the experts who publish or speak about it.
     
  • If your topic is a very recent one,  search the APUS Library for articles.  Articles are published more frequently than books are and are more likely to be current.  
  • If you're researching a debate that's been around for awhile, search for books as well. 
  • If you search the open web (via Google, etc.), make sure that you rely only on authoritative sites.  And, make sure you're not stuck in a filter bubble.
     
  • Even when you're researching controversy, it's important to use accurate information

ProCon.org         ProCon.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nonpartisan public charity that provides well-sourced pro, con, and related research on more than 50 controversial issues, from gun control and death penalty to illegal immigration and alternative energy.
           
Wall Street Journal         The Wall Street Journal's Big Issues reports feature opposing opinions by experts in a wide variety of fields, on controversial issues ranging from health to environment.  Lock icon Subscription resource; enter your APUS id and password to access.
           
University of Virginia: Miller Center National Discussion & Debate Series         The University of Virginia: Miller Center National Discussion & Debate Series aims to create a place where civil discussion can advance our national understanding and interest.  This public debate series  presents substantive policy discussions.

 

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