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Controversial Issues

This guide will walk you through some techniques for researching controversial topics/

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Pro/Con Websites  ins a nonprofit, nonpartisan website provides "professionally-researched pro, con, and related information on more than 50 controversial issues from gun control and death penalty to illegal immigration and alternative energy​" 

Debatabase: A World of Great Debates 

Developed by the International Debate Education Association, Debatabas provides both sides of the debate on a variety of areas including politics, economics, religion, culture, science and society.

Fact-Checking Websites

When researching controversial topics you will find that there is a lot of misinformation, rumors, and misleading information on the internet. These websites can help you fact check your information and information sources. 

​A project of the Annneburg Public Policy Center this nonpartisan nonprofit website reviews the factual accuracy of political statements, speeches, and internet sources on a variety of political topics. 

"The web site was founded by David Mikkelson, a project begun in 1994 as an expression of his interest in researching urban legends that has since grown into the oldest and largest fact-checking site on the Internet — one widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and laypersons alike as one of the world’s essential resources."

Developed by the nonpartisan, independent, nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics, the award winning is a comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis.

Free Research from social sector organizations around the world on over 30 topics

Provides nonpartisan research data on societal issues and trends


Evaluating Sources for Credibility

Video by libncsu Published on Jun 9, 2015. This helpful video by North Carolina State University Library provides insight into the importance of evaluating a source. 

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