The Issues and Controversies database may be used to research controversial issues. It "combines objective analysis [and] clear explanations of opposing points of view...so students and other users can quickly grasp the essentials of even the most complex topics."
The CQ Researcher (Congressional Quarterly Researcher) examines a controversial issue every week, offering background information, pro and con arguments, and references for further study. Note: In addition to this online version, some issues of CQ Researcher in paper format back to 1991 are also available in the Library.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context offers a wealth of information on contemporary social issues. It includes topic overviews, pro/con viewpoint essays, primary source documents, court-case summaries, periodical articles, statistical tables, podcasts, and images. Updating is on-going. Note: The El Camino College Library owns some of the Opposing Viewpoints books which offer part of what is in this database.
Social Problems is the online version of one of the most widely read professional journals in the social sciences. It presents influential sociological findings and theories related to our complex social environment. (Note: The Library also subscribes to this title in print format.)
Using the Magazine, Journal, and Newspaper databases should also be considered.