Reference Sites

Facts on File Database Sources - Username/password available from the librarians.

Best debate research choices are Issues and Controversies or World News Digest. Some of the other databases may be useful for background information on your topic.

Public Agenda - Unbiased, nonpartisan, research on current issues

HRHS Library Catalog  - Search for books on your debate topic (available only at HRHS)

Annenberg Political Fact Check -  Nonpartisan site sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania. Tries to reduce the level of deception in American politics for voters.

Pew Research Center - An independent, non-partisan public opinion research organization that studies attitudes toward politics, the press and public policy issues

Research Resources for the Social Sciences - A research hub with an extensive collection of internet resources for the social sciences. May contain some broken links.

Debate Central -Sponsored by the National Center for Policy Analysis. This site is an online resource for students researching debate topics.

Debatabase - Created for debaters worldwide, this site is an excellent place to get ideas for topics, a summary of the controversial nature of the issue and a list of the pro and con arguments for the topic.  Also included are helpful books and Web sites.


Law/Legislation Sites
The White House - Search the White House Web Site for information about the President's official policy on various issues. Includes budget proposals, news and speeches.

U.S. Senate - Find speeches and official positions of senators on various topics.

U.S. House of Representatives - The House of Representatives official Web Site. Gives Representatives' views on certain topics.

FindLaw - Browse FindLaw to locate federal and state laws and court cases.  Topical directories (adoption, education, employment, healthcare, etc.) provide links to articles, legal forms, FAQs and related resources on these topics.  Use the search feature to find resources within FindLaw, on other legal Web sites, or on government sites.

GovSpot - A government information portal for federal, state, and local information.  This site will help you find appropriate sites for legislative information online as well as link to government news.

Thomas - the US Congress on the Internet - The definitive and official site for federal legislation.  Search for proposed federal bills and public laws by keyword or by number.  Recently considered initiatives are highlighted on the top level page.  It is also possible to find how congressional members voted on the bills.

Debate Sites
Debate Central -  Site sponsored by the University of Vermont. Videos of debates and topic information.
International Debate Education Association
- Debate resources and tools

Pro/Con.org - Site presents controversial issues in a "straightforward, nonpartisan format."

Data Sites

American FactFinder - Published by the US Census Bureau, this site helps you find population, housing, economic, and geographic data.

FedStats - Portal to data and government agencies that have data on all aspects of American life.

Magazine/Document Databases:
Christian Science Monitor - http://www.csmonitor.com/

World Press Review - http://www.worldpress.org/


Updated 30 September 2014 - AB