Use the resources below for finding information on controversial topics. Your instructor may have used other similar terms for your research assignment, such as hot topics, taking a stand, advocacy and argument, pro and con, or persuasive essay/speech. Because of disagreements in controversial topics, books and articles often have biases, conclusions based on emotions or beliefs, facts taken out of context, and authors lacking authority. It is important to carefully evaluate all sources of information, especially websites.
IDEA: International Debate Education Association Arguments for and against hundreds of debating topics.
Pros & Cons of Controversial Issues "Controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan primarily pro-con format."
- Hot Topics (from University of North Texas, UNT). Close to two dozen links to web sites such as Currently Active Religious Conflicts, Ethics Updates, Idea Generator, Social Issues, etc.
Wikipedia: List of Controversial Issues Hundreds of topics, arranged by categories.
- Visuwords Online Graphical Dictionary Visually generate keywords, synonyms, related terms, concepts, and topics. Examples: death penalty, abortion, democracy, dictatorship. Below is a Visuwords sample showing the many related terms to "Egypt."
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