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Current Issues 

Take a close look at the current issues facing American society today. A current issue is something happening right now that affects a specific group or society at large. These issues are often controversial, with strong opinions on all sides.

A current issue doesn’t necessarily mean that the question is new. Some topics, such as abortion, have been discussed in society for decades. Other issues have surfaced with the development of technology. For example, the problem of cyberbullying has emerged with widespread use of the internet.

Numerous controversial issues face American society today. These include animal rights, civil rights, capital punishment, domestic and sexual violence, climate change, gun violence, health care, homelessness, immigration, privacy, pollution, poverty, racism, and terrorism. Global issues also challenge the international community. China, India, the United Kingdom, and many other countries are addressing controversies that impact the entire world.

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Current Issues Resources

Gale offers user-friendly scholarly resources to advance the study of current issues, including databases, primary source archives, and eBooks.


Ideal for school, academic, and public libraries, Gale databases offer researchers credible, up-to-date information covering the most recent subject matter, with access to peer-reviewed scholarly journals, full-text articles from sources like the New York Times and Washington Post, international newspapers, magazines, citations, reference books, and more.

Primary Source Archives

Gale Primary Sources contains archives and articles that present researchers with firsthand content. Users can access historical documents, archives, and manuscripts to examine topics and create reports. 

Gale eBooks

Gale offers a variety of eBooks covering a wide range of subjects, including family communication, organizational communication, epidemiology, disorders, language, and more. Researchers can add Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross-search to pinpoint relevant content. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download content.

  • Animal Rights and Welfare, 1st Edition

    Animal Rights and Welfare, 1st Edition

    Gale | 2018 | ISBN-13: 9781410381156

    The topic of animal rights is a popular choice for student research papers and classroom debates. Animal Rights and Welfare is a five-volume set that brings coverage of engaging and timely matters related to this essential subject. Each volume focuses on a distinct theme, such as animal agriculture or hunting, and features historical context and information on the key players in the public discourse. Moral arguments for all sides are examined. The accessible text, written at an 8th grade level, arranges clear learning objectives for each chapter and is augmented by relevant charts, graphs, images, primary sources, and other visual elements. Critical-thinking prompts are interspersed throughout the text. Moreover, the content supports Common Core English language standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

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  • Beyond Global Warming: How Numerical Models Revealed the Secrets of Climate Change, 1st Edition

    Beyond Global Warming: How Numerical Models Revealed the Secrets of Climate Change, 1st Edition

    Princeton University Press | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9780691185163

    This title offers a definitive analysis of the fundamental processes behind global warming. Written by a leading pioneer of modern climate modeling and an atmospheric scientist, it details how research uncovered the human causes of climate change, and how powerful computer numerical models led to these revelations. The authors show how climate models have been used as virtual laboratories for analysis of the complex planetary interactions of atmosphere, ocean, and land. These studies are used as the basis for advancing the dialogue on human-induced global warming and the factors creating a warming planet.

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  • Unlocking Current Issues, 1st Edition

    Unlocking Current Issues, 1st Edition

    Gale | 2018 | ISBN-13: 9781410380975

    This title equips students with in-depth knowledge of a particular subject. Each volume focuses on the historical evidence of key moments in the development of a topic through excerpts of primary documents and contextual materials. Unlocking Current Issues also presents information on key players in the debate from across the political and cultural spectrum, with clear summaries of their positions over time. The detailed text, written at an accessible 8th grade reading level, is augmented by relevant charts and graphs, timelines, and other visual elements. Critical-thinking questions and activities spur students to explore beyond the text, while a built-in instructional guide encourages use in the classroom.Contact my sales rep >>

Resources to Boost Your Research

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