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.
NOTE: The sites listed below are generally suitable for
high school and above, unless otherwise noted.
AP Fact Check - 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 NEW! (Annenberg Public Policy Center), Politifact Truth-O-Meter (St. Petersburg [FL] Times / Congressional Quarterly), CNN Politics Fact Check NEW! VIDEO, and Fake News links, below.
Fake News VIDEO - A 3-minute video guide to identifying and avoiding fake news stories (2016, FlackCheck.org). Fake News Resources (University at Buffalo) and Fake News: Let's Check a Claim (Indiana University) can help you learn to evaluate news sources so you can separate fact from fiction. What is Fake News and How Does It Impact Our Lives? VIDEO analyzes the effect of fake news on traditional media outlets, looks at the incentives for those who produce & spread fake news, and provides students with resources to strengthen their media literacy skills; for middle school and high school (2017, C-SPAN Classroom). Social Media Bots Overview NEW! [Link opens a PDF] explains what social media bots are and how they work (2019, U.S. Department of Homeland Security). Watch the short video, Why Do Our Brains Love Fake News? NEW! 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 (2017, 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)
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). Public Agenda Discussion Starters has citizen guides on current issues such as education, energy, health care, economy, immigration, and others. Each guide includes various approaches to policy problems, along with the pros, cons, & trade-offs of each choice (2012 - 2015; by a non-partisan public opinion research and education group).
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. C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations VIDEO has videos, background materials, and lesson plans 'designed to engage students in classroom deliberations about current issues being debated in the United States.' 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 Fake News and related links, above.
Places in the News - Brief background information on places featured in the news from 1999 - 2016 (Library of Congress). 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.
ProCon.org - 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, 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 (Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc.).
Public Agenda Discussion Starters - See Hot Topics, above.
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).
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.