8th Grade Social Studies Controversial Issues
The databases below are excellent for browsing for topic ideas as well as for gathering information on your topic.
Encyclopedias are helpful for basic topic overviews and background information.
In the link below you will find many more options,
including specialized Gale databases on topics such as health, science, business, and more.
Use the PowerSearch box below to access all the available Gale databases at once.
You'll need to log in to your Google account to access these.
Pew Research Center: a nonpartisan "fact tank." A great resource for current statistics and studies on a wide range of social issues and trends, both in the US and abroad.
Frontline Investigations: This webpage lists controversial and social issue topics across many subjects that have been covered on PBS FRONTLINE programs.
Search Engines You Can Trust
Sweet Search and Infotopia contain websites that have been selected for students by educators and librarians.
We have many books on contemporary, controversial, and historical topics that are useful for this project.
- There's a cart of books set aside that you can browse for topics, or for books on your topic once you decide.
- This list of books we have in the Pollard library is a place to look for ideas as you're deciding on a topic.
- After you decide on a topic, you can search for books here at school in the search box above or in the other Destiny links.
- You can also see Ms. Doherty or Ms. Edwards for help finding a book.
- Folders with past issues of Upfront are on the reserve cart. If you want to be able to access the website, ask a teacher or librarian for login information.
- Past issues of the Christian Science Monitor are also available in the library, as are Time, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and other magazines.
Research Database and NoodleTools Video Tutorials
- Use the Title box below to select a topic, or search for a topic in the box labeled "Short description."
- These are often easier to view in full screen. To view a video in full screen, click the share arrow in the video (upper right corner), and then open the link in a new tab or a new window.