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Research Guide to Current Controversies: Web Sources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching current controversial topics


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Ad Fontes Media
Analysis and rankings of news providers for reliability and bias (“The Media Bias Chart”)

News stories from across the political spectrum, each rated for bias

The Brookings Institution
In-depth, nonpartisan research to improve policy and governance at local, national, and global levels

Congressional Research Service Reports
Non-partisan, in-depth legislative research
Statistics from government agencies

Repository of debate cases containing arguments supporting or opposing over 700 motions
A nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
National progressive media watch group offering well-documented criticism of media bias and misinformation

The Journalist's Resource
Research on today's news topics, a Harvard Shorenstein Center Project

The Pew Research Center
Non-partisan data on national and global issues, attitudes, and trends

Reporters and editors from the St. Petersburg Times fact-check statements by politicians, other government entities, lobbyists, and interest groups
Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format

Independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest

Public Agenda
Provides unbiased and unparalleled research, bridging the gap between American leaders and what the public really thinks about issues

Fact-checking of questionable claims on the World Wide Web and in social media

Times Topics
News and archival information, photos, graphics, audio, and video on a huge range of topics published in The New York Times

World Public Opinion
Analysis of public opinion about international policy issues from around the world

TED Talk

Nate Silver: Picking apart the puzzle of racism in elections

Nate Silver has answers to controversial questions about race in politics: Did Obama's race hurt his votes in some places? Stats and myths collide in this fascinating talk that ends with a remarkable insight on how town planning can promote tolerance (09:17). 

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