Enable Students to Conduct Deep Research into Tough Topics

Produced with the input of leading educators and available in both academic and school versions, this database features authoritative historical context, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources on the most enduring, significant, and timely issues.

The easy-to-use interface is designed to lead researchers through the complexities of a wide variety of challenges facing the United States and the world beyond. Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society offers many tools that enable students to conduct deep research into historical and modern dilemmas, including:

Analyze Features — This database provides students the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in debate on tough topics through its Analyze features— exclusive presentations of thought-provoking questions and various viewpoints on each controversial subject.

The "Analyze" section provides tools to conduct historical inquiry lessons focused on compelling questions such as “To what extent does anyone have the right to censor the Internet?” and “Should the federal government preserve or conserve natural resources?”

Investigate Controversial Topics  This rich online resource helps users investigate controversial topics by framing thoughtful questions, revealing the background story behind the issues and providing scholars' perspectives and analyses, allowing students to formulate educated opinions on hotly debated "gray area" subjects.

Primary Source Features — A wide variety of primary sources provides historical context for the issues, including President Lyndon Johnson’s Voting Rights speech, opinions of court cases (such as Gitlow v. New York, 1925), thousands of images, and hundreds of audio and visual files.

Additional Features Include:

  • Complete historical background and the contemporary status of each issue, providing supporting facts, figures and timelines
  • Investigate Activities that pose questions to foster student inquiry, such as "How is fake news affecting journalism?" and "Should the right to bear arms be restricted?"
  • Basic and advanced search options to return the most relevant results
  • Standards-based curriculum updated daily by a team of subject-specific editorial experts and supported by an extensive range of instructional material
  • Commentaries written by noted scholars that reflect multiple points of view and stimulate critical thinking
  • Academic Success Corner with resources to help students develop reading, writing and research skills
  • Educator Support Site containing valuable professional development tools, curriculum guides, lesson plans and more

Topic Centers Include:

  • Crime and Justice
  • Economics and Business
  • Education
  • Energy and Environmental Sustainability
  • Environmental Conflict and Degradation
  • Family and Youth
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health and Medicine
  • Internet and Technology
  • Law and Politics
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Society and Culture
  • War and Conflict