Controversial Issues

Essential Question:   How can I use my voice to express my opinions and personal beliefs through a convincing argument, while addressing and invalidating opposing viewpoints fairly, for an audience that may not agree with me?

 "Poster promoting vegetarianism." Image. PETA. Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2012. Web. 9 Feb. 2012.

“Poster promoting vegetarianism.” Image. PETA. Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2012. Web. 9 Feb. 2012.


A cart with books about various controversial topics is reserved for your research.  Search the AHS library catalog for additional materials.  Use the “AHS Library Research Log” to keep track of the sources you use for your works cited page.


A list of passwords for remote use of databases is available in the library.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an excellent source for information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues.  Features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

Infotrac Newsstand  is a Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields. Use the Topic Finder to find issues related to your project topic.

other_IconsWith Britannica Image Quest you can access approximately three million copyright-cleared photos and illustrations from over 50 of the best collections in the world.  Each image includes a citation.

Web Sites

Search Engines

Can’t find what you’re looking for in the databases? Search the web using the search engines listed in the right-hand column of this page. These search engines will help you find reliable web sites that have already been evaluated by experts!

Citation Help (MLA)




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