ProCon.org is a non-profit education web site that pulls together excerpts of arguments on both sides of controversial issues. Overviews of issues, key questions, and links or references to the sources are included. Sources are rated for credibility.
Source for pro and con debates on controversial issues.
Public Opinion Websites
The Gallup Organization
This web site includes the results of opinion polls conducted in the United States. Much of the information is free, but there is also a premium subscription area.
An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion.
Public Agenda provides unbiased and unparalleled research that bridges the gap between American leaders and what the public really thinks about issues ranging from education to foreign policy to immigration to religion and civility in American life.
Science & Technology Websites
For a wide-variety of scientific topics in the news, you can find articles and links to other resources
Statistics and Government Information Websites
Links to statistics from over 100 U.S. federal agencies.
Provides access to U.S. Government documents.
Official site for the Department of Homeland Security.
From Columbia University Libraries. “Full Text documents or reports on major governmental activities.” A little out of date. The last entry is from a year ago.
Covers many issues and included links for government sites, indexes and directories, interest-group and other political sites, news and media coverage, research centers and other educational sites, and statistics.
Data from more than 100 sources about criminal justice in the U.S.
Find census information on Economics, Population, Housing, and more.
“The Almanac of Policy Issues is an independent public service not affiliated with any particular issue or cause;” it attempts “… to present all sides of each issue and to do so in an unbiased, journalistic format.” Includes links to over 70 topics.
“The Alternative Press Center (APC) is a non-profit collective dedicated to providing access to and increasing public awareness of the alternative press.” Includes links to over 425 publications.
This organization’s mission is to defend the civil rights of all Americans, both citizens and noncitizens.
“The Congressional Research Service is the public policy research arm of Congress.” This University of NorthTexas Libraries site makes some of the CRS reports available to the general public.
Links to Controversial Issues under “Applied Ethics”.
Links to over 40 social issue/social welfare websites, most of which are associations for specific causes/issues. Also links to IPL sub-pages for animal rights, crime, disabilities, housing/poverty, human rights, hunger, literacy, philanthropy/social service, public safety, and social work.
A collection of websites on social issues compiled by Multnomah County Library.