Modern Social Problems/Issues


Prepared for Ms. Rulo  by  Ms. Freedman  & Ms. Gregory 5-10-2005


FACTS.COM- (trial database)- A news service that covers U.S. and world news from 1940 – present.

  • First click on “Issues and Controversies” (to the left) and then type topic in Search box.


CQ RESEARCHER- Covers the most current/controversial issues with complete summaries. Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education, science and technology.

Type topic in Quick Search box. 

  • May also “Browse by Topic” (link to the left).


SIRS- Focuses on social issues-access to full-text articles, documents and graphics.

  • Type broad topic in Subject Headings box.  Click Keyword to type in a phrase. 
  • For additional topics, click on “Database Features” tab (top). 
  • Click on “Suggested Research Topics” (listed in all three columns).


Additional Databases: Try these if you are unable to find information using the above resources- e-library & EBSCOhost.


*All of the above databases can be accessed from home-use login/password info on bookmarks.


Argumentative Essay Topics at Glendale Community College Topics include assisted suicide, gun control, gay marriages etc.


Death Penalty Information Center- Comprehensive site that provides financial information, reports, etc.


Debate Central – Hosted by the National Center of Policy Analysis (NCPA).

  • Click on  “Both Sides”


International Debate Association’s DebatabaseOffers students and teachers the opportunity to examine issues affecting their lives and communities.

  • Click Debatabase(in red) at the top of the page.


Multnomah County Library Homework Center Social Issues - Topics include abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide, prayer in school etc.