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Best FCC Databases for Background Information
Gale Virtual Reference Library This link opens in a new window
The Library's Wikipedia! Search a number of specialized encyclopedias in biography, law, business, substance abuse, multiculturalism, education and more.
CQ Researcher This link opens in a new window
Overviews of current controversies in public policy.
Other Sources of Background Information
Gale Opposing ViewPoints in Context This link opens in a new window
Arguments and position papers on both sides of a controversial issue.
Issues and Controversies This link opens in a new window
Overviews of controversial issues with arguments and counter arguments for each issue. Recommend browsing issues rather than searching.
New York Times Historical Edition This link opens in a new window
Full text of articles from The New York Times from 1851 through 2003.
Award winning nonpartisan site on controversial issues.
A nonprofit, nonpartisan research and citizen education resource, founded by social scientist, Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. Includes statistics, results of polls, policy proposals, and much more.
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