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Exploring Issues

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Exploring Issues is a new, cost-effective, and accessible digital resource that provides focused coverage and clear analysis of timely, complex, and controversial issues. Every topic is covered with an unbiased overview, thorough and clear pro/con presentations, critical-thinking questions, color infographics and statistics that support positions, cited primary and secondary source quotes, and an annotated list of related organizations for further research. The easy site navigation is enhanced with tools such as Google Drive, PDF download, e-mail/share, and MLA/APA citation export. Its user-friendly and clean design make it a “must have” resource for middle and high school research papers, debate preparation, persuasive writing, and class discussions.

Exploring Issues Content

  • Unbiased and easy to use resource supports research papers, debate preparation, persuasive essays, and class discussions
  • Promotes critical thinking and reading
  • Clean and accessible design invites users and helps them get the information they need
  • Issue content includes both objective, unbiased overviews and clear pro/con arguments
  • Debate at a Glance summarizes pro/con arguments’ main points
  • Numerous captioned, full color infographics and statistics support positions
  • Hundreds of primary and secondary source quotes with citation export
  • Growing collection of issues with updates as needed

The Issues Discussed in Our Growing Collection

Alternative Energy Cars
Biomedical Ethics
Cell Phones
Climate Change
Distracted Driving
E-Cigarettes and Vaping
Fossil Fuels
Gun Control and Violence
Illegal Immigration
Mass Shootings
Online Privacy
Performance-Enhancing Drugs
Renewable Energy
Social Networking
Stem Cell Research
Video Games and Violence

Exploring Issues Benefits

For Students
  • Easily research current issues for writing assignments, debates, and class projects.
  • Download infographics for use in presentations and projects.
  • Find documented quoted materials from both sides of an issue.
  • Use related resources for additional research.
  • Download student resources for assistance in critical reading and writing.
For Teachers
  • Easily prepare critical thinking lessons.
  • Find a wealth of materials to use for classroom discussion, writing exercises, and issue analysis.
  • Get ideas for current issues classroom activities from downloadable teacher resources.
  • Incorporate materials into assignments and classroom activities using Google Classroom.
  • Use Exploring Issues materials such as Debate at a Glance, Facts, Focus Questions, and Infographics for classroom activities and discussions.
For Librarians
  • Provide your patrons with objective analysis and balanced pro-con discussion of today’s issues.
  • Assist educators in integrating technology into the classroom and creating engaging critical thinking activities.

Exploring Issues Features

Related organizations with annotations and links
Google Drive and Google Classroom integration
24/7 unlimited user access
Responsive Design
Optimized for use on mobile devices and computers
Print, copy, PDF download, and share tools
Instant translation into 100 languages
Citation Tool
MLA/APA citation tool for primary content
Downloadable student and teacher guides for writing, research, class activities and discussions, and MARC records for cataloging .

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The Exploring Issues database can be used on a Mac or PC platform. The database is responsive and has been optimized for mobile devices and computers. A minimum of 512 MB of RAM is recommended. The last two versions of the following browsers are supported: Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari for Mac OS X (macOS). The following mobile browsers are supported: Safari (iOS 7.0+), Google Chrome, and Android Browser (Android 4.0+).