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Points of View Reference Center
Great for argumentative and persuasive essays and projects. Includes 400 topics, each with an overview, point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).
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Science Reference Center
Subjects include applied sciences, biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, health and medicine, life sciences, mathematics, physics and more. Search full text science periodicals, biographies, reference books, essays, encyclopedias and videos.
American Fact Finder
Source for population, housing, economic and geographic information.
Pew Research Center
A nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.
USA Gov Data & Stats
Find data about the U.S., such as maps and population, demographic, and economic data.
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Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues
If you need to prepare for a debate, here's a great place to get information on some of the top controversial issues like gay marriage or health care reform. Understanding both sides of the issue is crucial in a debate. ProCon attempts to eliminate bias but understands that any author will have some personal bias on a controversial issue. This site is intended to be nonpartisan and encourage critical thinking on the issues that face American society today.
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UN - Global Issues
Offers an overview of global issues in depth, and links to other resources where you can get additional information.
National Environment Education Foundation
Search for environmental issues here. Offers practical, accessible environmental you can use through the sources you know and trust.