EBSCOHost POINTS OF VIEW REFERENCE CENTER - Another research source for students presenting opinions from multiple sides of current controversial issues. Essays provide questions and materials for further thought and study and are accompanied by thousands of supporting articles from political and social publications. If you're using Points of View Reference Center on your home computer, you'll have to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin.
FACTS ON FILE WORLD GEOGRAPHY AND CULTURE ONLINE - A global approach to the study of countries, places, peoples, and geography concepts and skills. Select a country and click on 'Country News' in the left-hand menu to find out about current events in that country. If you're using FACTS ON FILE on your home computer, you'll have to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin.
Login to World Almanac for Kids using your library card number, then go to the Take a Stand page for tips on how to prepare for a debate, plus pro & con arguments on a number of issues kids care about, including climate change, animal rights, homework, school uniforms, social media, gun control, and others.
NOTE: The sites listed below are generally suitable for
high school and above, unless otherwise noted.
AP Fact Check UPDATED LINK! - When a public figure says something questionable, this page from the Associated Press investigates it and offer the facts. In addition, the page debunks false online stories, and presents a weekly roundup of untrue headlines that have been shared widely on social media. See also FactCheck.org, which includes a page on Internet Rumors (Annenberg Public Policy Center), and Politifact Truth-O-Meter (St. Petersburg [FL] Times / Congressional Quarterly), CNN Politics Fact Check VIDEO. Other useful fact-checking sites include Snopes.com and Truth or Fiction. Misinformation and Disinformation NEW! briefly defines Misinformation, Disinformation and Fake News (California State University San Marcos). See also 7 Types of Mis- and Disinformation NEW! (University of Michigan) and Propaganda, Misinformation and Disinformation NEW! (Johns Hopkins University). Who checks the checkers? RealClear Politics Fact Check Review NEW! assesses Factcheck.org, the New York Times, Politifact, Snopes, and the Washington Post's fact checking pages every week. See also Fake News links, below.
Debates - See Hot Topics, below.
Facing History and Ourselves NEW! - Resources for teachers and students that connect current events with historical background. Covers topics such as Democracy & Civic Engagement, Race in US History, Justice & Human Rights, Antisemitism & Religious Intolerance, Global Immigration, and more. The site's Printable Explainers ' introduce key terms and ideas that are essential to understanding today's news'. (Facing History and Ourselves; non-profit organization)
Fake News VIDEO - A 3-minute video guide to identifying and avoiding fake news stories (2016, FlackCheck.org). Fake News Resources (University at Buffalo), Fake News: Let's Check a Claim (Indiana University), and The CRAAP Test can help you learn to evaluate news & information sources so you can separate fact from fiction (California State University). Deepfakes gives a brief overview of deceptive videos, photos, or audio recordings that seem real but have been manipulated with artificial intelligence technologies; click on the 'highlights' tab for an in-depth report (2020, U.S. Government Accountability Office); see also What deepfakes are and how they may be dangerous VIDEO (2020, CNBC). Social Media Bots Overview [Link opens a PDF] explains what social media bots are and how they work; a related page on Foreign Interference offers a number of tip sheets to help you understand and fight attempts by outside government to pollute our political debates with bad information and provoke extreme responses (U.S. Department of Homeland Security). Watch the short video, Why Do Our Brains Love Fake News? VIDEO to learn about the brain's 'confirmation bias' which can cause us to believe false or incorrect information (2017, KQED Education). See links on EVALUATING WEBSITES for related information. See also FACT CHECK links, above, and Scientific Misinformation. For historical perspectives on this problem, see Fake News Isn't New (2107, New York Public Library), Fit to Print AUDIO (2018, BackStory Radio), The Antidemocratic Origins of Fake News (We're History; article by historian Jeremy C. Young).
Foreign Policy Explainers - These overviews explain a wide variety of current political and economic issues. You can browse resources by broad topic (economics, health, defense, human rights, etc.). There are also several podcast series AUDIO (Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher). See also Carnegie Endowment for 'commentary and analysis addressing the most important foreign policy issues of the day and the regions they affect.' (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization).
Frontline VIDEO - Online documentaries and related background materials explore and illuminate 'the tough, controversial, and complex issues that shape our times.' Includes video and audio podcasts. (PBS; site includes advertisements)
Good News Network - Need a break from bad news? The Good News Network posts positive news stories from around the globe every day (site includes advertisements). See also One Good Thing NEW! (AP News; site includes advertisements) and Reasons to be Cheerful NEW! (founded by artist and musician David Byrne; part of Byrne's non-profit organization, Arbutus).
Hot Topics - Links to information on controversial issues from abortion to voting. To see web resources, choose a tab (such as Law & Legislation or Social Aspects), then scroll down the page to Selected Web sites, Breaking News, or similar headings (2017, St. Ambrose University). ProCon.org offers pro, con, and related information on more than 50 controversial issues from gun control and death penalty to illegal immigration and alternative energy (a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity). C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations offers videos, background materials, and lesson plans that concisely present the leading positions related to current issues before Congress; includes lesson plans. Login to World Almanac for Kids using your library card number, then go to the Take a Stand page for tips on how to prepare for a debate, plus pro & con arguments on a number of issues kids care about.
Knowable Magazine NEW! - Explores the real-world significance of scholarly work across a wide variety of fields, covering Health & Disease, Living World, Physical World, Society, Food & Environment, Technology, and The Mind. 'Through in-depth features, explainers, articles, essays, interviews, infographics, slideshows, and comics, Knowable Magazine presents insights from research to a broader audience.' (Annual Reviews, a non-profit publisher)
New York Times Learning Network - Materials on current events for students and teachers; grade level varies. Includes quizzes, lesson plans, word of the day, student opinion, and more (site includes advertisements). Choices: Teaching with the News VIDEO provides a variety of materials to help high school students and teachers explore the policy issues behind the news headlines of the day (Brown University). PBS NewsHour Extra VIDEO also offers current events learning materials for students and teachers, grades 7-12. KidsPost has news stories, games & puzzles, and fun activities for kids (Washington Post; site includes advertisements). Current Events from Holt McDougal features short articles on current and historical events & issues, with links to related information, plus daily headlines, 'Today in History' and other features; for grades 6 - 12 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company). Time for Kids VIDEO offers news stories in separate sections for grades K-1, 2, 3-4, and 5-6; click on the number next to the Time for Kids banner to choose grade level (Time Magazine). See also Hot Topics, and Fake News, above.
Places in the News: CIA World Fact Book UPDATED LINK! - Up-to-date info on all countries, including history, environment, government, economy, people, military & security, transnational issues, and more. Also provides maps, flags, and photos for all ages; text and data for high school and up (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency). BBC Country Profiles [NOTE: DO NOT PRESS 'GO' BUTTON after choosing a country from the drop-down menus - the page will load automatically.] AUDIO VIDEO 'provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions' (British Broadcasting System; site includes advertisements). Login to FACTS ON FILE: WORLD GEOGRAPHY & CULTURE for more learning materials on countries, places, peoples, and geography. See our Homework Links: STATES & COUNTRIES page for more links, including links for younger students.
Pros & Cons - See Hot Topics, above.
ProPublica - Investigave reports on a variety of current issues, including immigration, economy, civil rights, environment, and more (Independent non-profit organization). Project Censored AUDIO reports annually on the Top 25 Most Censored Stories UPDATED LINK!, important news stories which corporate media have ignored, misrepresented, or censored; also includes articles on related issues (Sonoma State University). APM Reports: Investigations offers non-partisan, independent investigative reporting on 'issues that are often shrouded from public view'. See also IRE Investigative Reporting Award Winners UPDATED LINK! (Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc.).
Public Agenda Reports NEW! - Public opinion research exploring the views and values of the American public on current issues such as education, energy, health care, economy, immigration, and others (a non-partisan public opinion research and education group).
Reporters Without Borders - Monitors attacks on freedom of information worldwide, including traditional journalism, internet censorship, & new media. (Non-profit, non-governmental organization)
Thomson Reuters Foundation News (formerly Alert Net - News from around the world about war & conflict, food & hunger, refugees, human rights, women's rights, health & disease, climate change and other issues (Thomson Reuters Foundation).
In addition to the general resources listed above, you may find additional helpful links on the following pages:
Advertising & Consumer Issues - See Homework Links: Consumer Education.
Climate Change - See Homework Links: Weather & Disasters - Global Climate Change.
Cultural Diversity, Minorities & Women - See Homework Links: Ethnic Groups/Multicultural.
Disasters (Natural & Manmade) - See Homework Links: Weather & Disasters.
Eating Disorders - See Homework Links: Health & Fitness - Eating Disorders and TeenZone Health Clinic.
Elections - See Homework Links: Government & Politics.
Energy - See Homework Links: Science - Energy Facts links.
Environmental Issues - See Homework Links: Ecology & Wildlife and Homework Links: Weather & Disasters - Global Climate Change.
Native Americans & other Indigenous Peoples - See Homework Links: Indian Tribes / Native Peoples .
Politics - See Homework Links: Government & Politics.
Social Issues - See Homework Links: Social Studies.