Contemporary controversial issues are current, arguable topics.
Subjects such as abortion, prayer in school, and gambling are examples of
contemporary controversial issues.
When writing a paper on one of these issues, you must examine both sides in
order to write a well-informed argument. The reference tools listed below will
help you locate background information, overviews, pros and cons, and
Books preceded by REF can be found in the Reference Collection.
All circulating books are on the third floor. Off-campus use of
electronic books and databases are restricted to UAB students,
faculty, and staff.
Covers dozens of controversial social issues. Includes news and magazine articles, topic overviews, statistics, biographies, court cases, profiles of government agencies and special-interest groups, and links to reviewed web sites.
Sponsored by the United States Department of Justice, this
site provides access to statistics about criminal justice in the United
States. Data covers crime and victims, criminal offenders, law
enforcement, prosecution, federal justice system, courts and sentencing,
corrections, expenditure and employment, and criminal record
The Uniform Crime Reports combines three publications: "Crime in the United State," "Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted," and "Hate Crime Statistics."
Gallup Polls Ref HN 90 .P8 G35
The Gallup Polls in print present surveys based on
interviews with United States residents. An index, The Gallup Poll
Cumulative Index: Public Opinion, 1935-1997 (Ref HN 90 P8 G29 1999) is
a guide to published surveys from 1935 to 1997.
A part of the Centers for Disease Control, the National Center
for Health Statistics provides data on health status, lifestyle and
exposure to unhealthy influences, onset and diagnosis of illness and
disability, and use of health care in the United States.
Part of the New York Times online, Room for Debate
is a section where "knowledgeable outside contributors ...
discuss news events and other timely issues." Topics range from the
personal ("Are Family Vacations Worth It?") to the international ("Has
Globalization Ruined Street Style?" and "Why Did It Take So Long to Find