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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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These are open-access websites:

Congressional Research Service Reports
Non-partisan, in-depth legislative research

Decoded Science
Science news written by scientists, but for a general audience
Statistics from government agencies
A nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics

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

The Pew Research Center
Nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world

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

Public Agenda
Providing unbiased and unparalleled research that bridges the gap between American leaders and what the public really thinks about issues

Times Topics
Aggregate of useful news, archival information, photos, graphics, audio, and video on a huge range of topics published in the New York Times

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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