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Welcome to the Controversial Issues Guide!

picture of a scaleControversial issues make excellent topics for papers and speeches, but can often be tricky to research.  In order to get to the truth you need to be a smart researcher! You can use the tabs above to find articles, books, websites, and more about many different controversial issues. If you have any questions or comments about this guide, please contact me via email

Popular Topics


Listed below are some examples of topics which lend themselves to a pro/con argument assignments. Please click the Find Articles tab at the top of the guide. Here you will find Librarian recommended databases, specifically for pro-con arguments. These databases are listed under the heading Controversial Issues. They are current and full-text.

  • Abortion 
  • Bioethics
  • Censorship and the First Amendment
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Death Penalty
  • Euthanasia
  • Gay Rights
  • Global Warming
  • Gun Control
  • Illegal Immigration
  • Human Rights 
  • Haiti Relief
  • Hate Groups
  • Healthcare in the U.S.
  • Marijuana Legalization
  • Sports and Steroid Use
  • Tablets versus Textbooks 
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Television and Video Game Violence
  • Welfare and Eligibility

Starting Your Research

Start your research by looking at the lists of popular topics (in the box below and to the left) and current headlines in the box below. These lists may help you select or narrow down your topic.

Then, continue your research by clicking on the blue tabs above:

  • Find Books/E-books provides information about Interlibrary Loan, and it links to books, e-books, & the TCC Library online catalog.
  • Find Articles provides links to several of TCC Library's online article databases, as well as to tutorials that can help you search more effectively.
  • Reference Shelf provides links to TCC Library's full-text electronic reference databases for fast facts and overviews.  Also includes suggested print encyclopedias on topics that may be considered controversial.
  • Topic Websites provides links to web sites on controversial topics and to sources that can help you evaluate the quality of information you find.
  • Writing Help contains information about TCC's Writing Centers and to information to help with writing.
  • Citation Guide MLA & APA offers help to students in formatting using MLA and APA style guidelines.

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