Social Issues Resources

Initial Research
These resources will give many student researchers a solid foundation of background and opinion on many issues. Starting with these resources is strongly recommended. (Scroll to last heading for additional topic selection suggestions if needed.)

Opposing Viewpoints

Begin your research with articles from the "Reference" tab for background info and the "Viewpoints" section for pros and cons. NOTE: CLICK "Reference", "Viewpoints", etc. for additional items in each category.


ProCon.org

Pros and cons of controversial issues. Arguments for and against more than 50 social issue topics.


More Starting Points AND Deeper Research

Just Facts

Deep factual research on a limited number of critical public policy issues of our time.


CQ Researcher Online

In-depth coverage of topical issues written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Choose most current, most relevant posting and scan headings for specific information


Our World in Data

Hundreds of topics from nutrition, to education, lifespan, alcohol use, domestic violence, and more measured over time and across the globe. A great resource to see how our country and our world is changing. Click tabs and sub-tabs at top of page for increasingly detailed information . . .


Student Resources

Full-text reference articles, magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, etc, and links to vetted websites compiled specifically for students.


Gale PowerSearch

Includes Student Resources, Opposing Viewpoints, and more. Search encyclopedias, other reference sources, business journals, magazines, newspapers, etc. for all Gale databases provided by NOVEL NY subscription.


Lobbyists & Advocacy Groups
By definition these groups support an agenda and promote their views through lobbying, advertising, news, and their websites.

OpenSecrets : Influence & Lobbying

OpenSecrets's Influence & Lobbying section shows the money trail and more about Washington's influence industry and its most powerful players. Site also focuses on specific issues and elected officials in other tabs.


Vanderbilt : Public Policy Issues and Groups

A directory, by subject area, of more than 100 public policy issues with links to government sites, interest group and other political sites, research centers and other educational sites.


Issues & Campaigns

The Leadership Conference works on a wide range of issues representative of the breadth of today's civil rights movement.


Public Opinion
By nature, public opinion sources are biased and possibly inaccurate. Polls conducted by major companies tend to provide accurate analysis but represent the views of specific cohorts.

PollingReport.com

A nonpartisan consolidator of polling data from other major polling sites including Pew, Gallop, Wall Street Journal, and many other national and international polling services.


Gallup.Com

Gallup.Com provides data-driven news based on U.S. and world polls, daily tracking and public opinion research. Articles and videos cover news, politics, economy, behavioral economics, wellbeing, world issues, management, and employee engagement.


Pew Research Center

A nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling,


Political Issues of 2016

We receive over a million unique answers to our political issues survey per day. Check out the most popular political polls of 2016


Government Actions

USA Search - USA.gov

The U.S. government's official web portal; USA.gov makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. [Search just like Google, using the same type of keywords and narrowing tools you would with Google]


Congress.gov | Library of Congress

U.S. Congress legislation, Congressional Record debates, Members of Congress, legislative process educational resources presented by the Library of Congress


Bills and Resolutions -- GovTrack.us

Private / Non government aligned repository and search for legislation (bills and resolutions) in the U.S. Congress.


NYS Assembly | Bills and Legislative Search

Full Text of all New York State Bills since 1999. [Search can only be conducted one legislative year at a time (For all bills in last five years, must conduct five separate searches.) Search by "Bill Number" if you know it, but change to "Keyword" search for all bills on a topic.]


State Legislature Websites

Links to legislative information for each of the U.S. states and territories.


National Conference of State Legislatures

Provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on state issues. [Use this site to compare laws and policies of multiple states. Use tabs to find in-depth analysis on key topics. Use the Search Bar, and specifically Advanced Search to narrow keyword search results to manageable levels.]


The White House | whitehouse.gov

Search for the President's initiatives or orders on many policies. Use the search bar to locate your topic.


Topic Selection
Check out resources below for ideas about possible topics. Some resources include guiding questions or reference information on the topics.

Opposing Viewpoints

List of potential social issue topics with links to facts and arguments about each


ProCon.org

Topic List - includes links to reference and opinion describing both sides of each issue


Topic List

List of topics sorted by category, (e.g. environment, education, law, etc). Includes sample research questions for some topics.


Questia -- Use for topic selection only!

Hundreds of topics sorted by category (e.g. education, law, politics, etc). Click on "Sociology and Anthropology" and then scroll down and click "Social Issues" to limit specifically to topics considered social issues. (NOTE: LINKED RESOURCES ARE NOT AVAILABLE WITHOUT SUBSCRIPTION)


Research Organizer / Works Cited

NoodleTools Notecards and Citations

Use this great tool to create, organize, and print Works Cited. Can also be used to organize project notes, create outlines, and more


NoodleTools Registration Instructions

Follow these instructions to register and create an account in NoodleTools to quickly and easily create your Works Cited