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Issues and Controversies: Introduction


 Rising Cost of Education, the Opioid Crisis, Immigration, Racism, Terrorism, Healthcare Accessibility, International Politics, Trade Agreements; these are all examples of issues and controversies discussed in the news on a daily basis and studied by students in their various courses. This Library Guide is designed to provide a starting point for those seeking background information and a context for issues of interest, and it offers some guidance on resources that can be helpful in finding and providing information in a variety of formats.


A Starting Point


The following databases will provide background information as well as opposing viewpoints on given issues. IT is a great place to find a topic of interest or once you have selected your topic, these resources will provide you with a comprehensive overview and additional recommended reading. 

Databases A-Z

Databases, often with access to full text

Note that the following resources are a selection of the more than 400 available on the Library's Website. We recommend that you review the list and check out other Library Guides that provide information or suggested links you might find useful.

Find Books

Search Tools for Books


Other Library Guides

Other Guides

Listed here is a selection of other Library and Research Guides that might contain information relevant to your subject. Be sure to look at the complete list as your subject area might be listed. All Guides

Guide Info

Guide Information and Terms of Use

This Library Research Guide is posted on the Rowan University Libraries' Research Guides site to provide a starting point for those seeking background information and supporting materials related to controversial issues and pro-con positions.  The guide links to both subscription based resources with restricted access, and to freely accessible sites.  

Rowan University Libraries' Research Guides are provided for educational and research purposes.  Guides are hosted on the Springshare LibGuides portal, to which Rowan University Libraries subscribes. Please send comments, suggestions, corrections to Bruce Whitham via email.

Rowan University makes no claim to freely available websites nor does it accept responsibility for the information, views, or opinions expressed by those who have authored or compiled the content or by those who are quoted on the sites.  The inclusion of links to any of the websites on this or any other Library Research Guide should not be considered an endorsement of any product or service offered on the linked sites or by the website service providers.  

The use of this guide infers acceptance of the Terms of Use, spelled out on the Rowan University Libraries site. If you do not agree to abide by these terms you are required to leave the site.