Prepared by Karilyn Jaap
To find information on controversial issues, use the USF Library catalog for books and the databases ExpandedAcademic ASAP or Wilson OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition (on the Libraries of the USF System Web Site) for journal articles. In each case, use the subheading “social aspects” to bring up relevant materials (e.g., “abortion and social aspects,” “gun control and social aspects,” etc.).
Books on how to prepare a speech can be found on the third floor of the library grouped under the classification number PN4121.
Excellent contemporary materials on various “hot topic” subjects are published in this series. Use a keyword search “opposing viewpoints” in the library catalog for an alphabetical list of topics; all the titles are available for check-out.
CQ Researcher. Print: 1971-2003. REF H1 .E3. Online: 1991 to date.
This weekly publication gives summaries of current, controversial topics. Each issue includes a summary, background information, an analysis of the current situation, pros and cons, a chronology, and an annotated bibliography.
Encyclopedia of Bioethics . 5 v. REF QH332 .E52 2004.
Lengthy signed articles on ethical concepts and principles cover a wide range of topics. Extensive bibliographies accompany each entry. Appendices list professional codes of conduct, resources, relevant legal cases, and a subject index.
Facts on File. Print: 1941-2004 (located at end of Reference books). Online: 1940 to date.
An annual compilation of world and national news in summary digest form. An excellent index accompanies each volume. The online version is updated weekly.
Critical Inquiry. Print: 1979 to date. Online: 1997 to date. Refereed.
Journal of Popular Culture. Print: 1978-2002. Online: 1995 to date. Refereed.
Journal of Social Issues. Print: 1965-2003. Online: 1991 to date. Refereed.
Social Forces. Print: 1956-2002. Online: 1993 to date. Refereed
Social Policy. Print: 1970 to date. Online: 1994-2003.
Social Problems. Print: 1962-2005. Online: 1992 to date. Refereed.
Society. Print: 1971-2004. Online: 1993 to date. Refereed.
formerly: Trans-action. 1963-1972.