Issues & controversies database

Issues & controversies database


Hi everybody! This is Jackie Klentzen at
the RMU Library, here to talk to you a little bit about one of my favorite
databases Issues and Controversies which is a
great place to get good general information about current
controversial topics, find persuasive information about those
topics, as well as just browse for inspiration
if you really don’t know what you want to write about. There are really two ways to access this database. You can click in the search bar and
search for whatever topic you’re looking for. So whether it’s capital punishment, gay marriage, assisted suicide, texting
while driving, anything like that, you can simply click
here and do a search. Or, if you’re interested in browsing, seeing what reports are available, you can scroll
down and the different subjects are clustered into a variety of underlying issues including crime and law, education, global issues, science, and even society
& culture. So, if you’re not sure about what you
want to write about, kind of click through here and there’s really interesting topics . I’m going to
click on Arts and Entertainment and just to provide an example of the types of things that are available in Issues and Controversies “misogyny in the video game community”, “celebrity gossip”, “violent video games”, “bullfighting”, “the current portrayals of teenagers” and this one actually looks very interesting , “is graffiti art?” So, I’m going to click on this particular topic and this is what a standard report in Issues and Controversies looks like. First you get the nutshell arguments. Here’s what supporters have to say: “yes,
graffiti is art”. It allows people to artistically
express themselves in public spaces. The opponents argue: no it defaces
public and private property. It’s costly to clean up After this, you get a more in-depth take
including a great history chronology, statistics, and graphs about the topic. You can use this in straight
informational papers or as a background for your persuasive papers. As I scroll down even more, you come into
the persuasive arguments. So graffiti is a public
nuisance critics say. Here is a breakdown of their arguments. Graffiti allows for individual
expression supporters say, and here’s the breakdown of their arguments. What’s great about Issues and
Controversies is that it doesn’t take one side or the other. It’s simply providing both sides of the issue, which is quite
nice. Additionally, it will give you a bibliography, more
sources that you might want to look at. Some of them are linkable. Some of them
or not. If you’re interested in any of the sources and you can’t find it,
please let us know at the Library and we’ll do our best to help you find
those. They also give you contact information for related institutions that deal with
this issue. Keywords that you can use in other databases
like ProQuest, Ebsco, and the Discovery Service as well as citation information which
is always nice. However it’s not APA. Issues and Controversies
gives you MLA or the option of the Chicago Manual of Style. At least you get all the components you need for the
citation, but you’ll have to put it into APA formatting if that’s what you’re
required to do. So that’s Issues and
Controversies in a nutshell. Like I said: one of my favorite databases. If, however, you have any difficulty using this database or you can’t find
the information you’re looking for please, please let us know at the RMU Library. Give us a call. Send us an email, chat with us online, or,
best yet, come and visit us because we love to see your happy faces. I hope this works! Enjoy! Bye!

Danny Hutson

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