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Objective Analysis of Hundreds of Today's Hot Topics

Featuring a dynamic new design and a wealth of new features, Issues & Controversies helps researchers understand today's crucial issues by exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture. New Issue Pages feature current coverage with the latest news headlines; new, original videos and educator support materials enhance select issues; and interactive polls allow students to vote on every issue. Updated weekly, with an extensive backfile, Issues & Controversies offers in-depth articles—each presenting both sides of an issue clearly, coherently, and without bias—made to inspire thought-provoking debates. Its straightforward presentation of the key facts, arguments, history, and current context of today's most important and timely issues makes the database an ideal resource for research papers, debate preparation, and persuasive writing assignments. The articles are written by our own expert writers and editors, and each article includes a full range of supporting materials.


  • Exclusive, extensive, and objective coverage: timely, in-depth articles covering complex, hot-button issues in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture
  • Pro and con statements: main arguments focusing on each side of the controversy
  • Original videos and educator support materials: enhancing selected articles
  • Debate videos: videos from the renowned Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Series, featuring some of the most prominent political figures, journalists, academics, and experts in the United States and throughout the world on a wide range of crucial topics
  • Interactive polls on every issue
  • Rich related resources: editorial cartoons, timelines, primary sources, speeches, congressional testimony, newspaper editorials, and discussion questions and activities, along with topic-based Reuters® newsfeed
  • Curriculum Tools: promoting classroom use, with practical activities and research tools for students and educators
  • Primary sources: historical documents with introductory paragraphs that provide context and background to the sources—perfect for document-based learning and strengthening critical-thinking skills
  • Full coverage of each National High School Debate Topic: comprehensive overview, with a series of in-depth articles on the key aspects of the annual debate topic
  • Bill of Rights in Debate: deepening understanding of constitutional issues in contemporary life
  • Presidential Elections: comprehensive background on all presidential races since 1996—including articles about the candidates' views on campaign issues, party platforms, excerpts from convention speeches, and much more.


  • Correlated to Common Core, state, national, provincial, International Baccalaureate Organization, national STEM, and Next Generation Science Standards 
  • Issues from the headlines, covering the most controversial issues of the 21st century, including the Obama administration and U.S. Congress, abortion, affirmative action, capital punishment, drug legalization, energy and climate change, gay rights, global affairs, gun control, health care, immigration, racial profiling, and world poverty and development
  • "In the News" section for each issue
  • Thousands of links to key news stories, timelines, primary source documents, and additional resources giving researchers context, insight, and perspective
  • Searchable Reuters® newsfeed, updated hourly, giving students access to the latest news and headlines
  • "By the Numbers," offering statistical material with every article and issue
  • Background Encyclopedia content
  • Comprehensive chronologies and overview articles
  • Improved search features, including enhanced filters, Search Assist technology, and suggested search terms
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Google Translate for 100+ languages
  • Ability to download text articles as PDFs
  • Enhanced Save-to-Folder functionality
  • Dynamic citations in MLA and Chicago formats, with EasyBib export functionality
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat.

Issues & Controversies Issues & Controversies Online News Services 01/01/2007

"...offers balance, clarity, and an overview of pros and cons that are vital to building critical-thinking skills...an excellent (and affordable) resource for secondary research..."

Library Journal

"...accessible and easy to navigate and will be useful to students working on research projects."

American Reference Books Annual

"This database is a nice addition to [Facts On File's] family of online products...Recommended."


"...a wealth of information for students working on any research project...readily accessible and easy to navigate...Recommended."
Library Media Connection

"Access to a wide variety of controversial issues will provide students with the building blocks for forming their own opinions, leading to thoughtful research papers and debates. The content and presentation are impressive...will give the [competition] a run for its money among high school, community college, and college libraries."

Library Journal

"Issues & Controversies is an ideal speech and debate database...Through the inclusion of newspaper editorials, editorial cartoons, and contact information this database provides unique content...There's no debate that this database deserves an A."

School Library Journal

"...praised the high quality and comprehensiveness of the resource...it could work particularly well in flipped classrooms due to the wealth of topics for students to read and research before discussing their findings in class."

Tech & Learning

Education Software Review Award (EDDIES), "High School Social Studies Database" category

- The ComputED Gazette

2015 CODiE Awards Finalist, "Best Source for Reference or Education Resources" category


"Best Databases" in the "Best for High Schoolers" category

- Library Journal

Best Educational Software Award (BESSIES), "High School Social Studies Database" category

- The ComputED Gazette