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Books at Lagrange on opposing viewpoint topics

The Libraries at WGTC have many books that give the pros and cons of ma ny issues. Search the catalog to find a complete list. Search by the issue that you are researching or search the word viewpoint. Below are a few selected titles on various issues that can be found in the LaGrange Campus Library.

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Child Abuse - Louise Gerdes (Editor)
Call Number: HV6626.52 .C554
ISBN: 0737716746
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
The authors in this anthology examine the nature and scope of child abuse, including child abuse in the Catholic Church. They also explore possible causes and debate what policies will help reduce child abuse.

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America's Prisons - Roman Espejo
Call Number: HV9471 .A488 2002
ISBN: 0737707879
Publication Date: 2001-09-01
The unprecedented growth of America's prison population in recent years has raised serious questions regarding the effectiveness of the prison system. Jerome Miller, Morgan Reynolds, and others address the following topics: Are Prisons Effective? How Should Prisons Treat Inmates? Should Prisons Use Inmate Labor? What Are the Alternatives to Prisons?

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Biomedical Ethics - Roman Espejo (Editor)
Call Number: R725.5 .B55
ISBN: 0737712201
Publication Date: 2002-07-01

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Police Brutality - Helen Cothran (Editor)
Call Number: HV8141 .P57 2001
ISBN: 0737705167
Publication Date: 2001-01-01


Periodicall Datbases and GALILEO

GALILEO: On campus link from Library's page, off campus you will need a password, which can be obtained from library or an instructor. Click on Databases A-Z and search the following databases:

Academic Search Complete

Research Library



Search suggestions: in the databases use your topic term and othr words such as viewoint, pro/cpn, debate, controversy.

Example: death penalty and debate


**Remember** GALILEO password changes every semester.


PROS AND CONS OF CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES an independent, nonpartisan, site that discusses 43 controversial issues ranging from money to sports, to religion.

Opposing Views: news, controversy, and opinion. Site is heavy on opinion, so be aware of that.


Controversial Issues

All sides of the argument


Miller Center

"The Miller Cener is  nonpartisan institute at the University of Virginia that seeks to expand understanding of the presidentcy, policy, and political history, providing critical i nsights for the naton's governance challenges." (Miller Cener)



"A Wikipedia of debates - an encyclopedia of pro and con arguments and quotes" (site)


Internet Publis Library 2

Sponsored and supported by several universities, this site covers many issues from entertainment to business.


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Offers discussion on many issues in the news today.






Opposing views: Debate, Arguments, Opinion

Every issue has at least two sides, and most people have an opinion about most issues.

If you have been asked to present pro and/or con views on a particular issue, this brochure will help you find information and discussion on the issue.

When reading articles on a controversial issue, try to be aware of which side the writer is on, and be aware of the purpose of the article and the writer's intention while writing the article or book.


Need help? Ask one of the librarians to help you.



Link to this opposing view database can be found at the bottom of the library's web page.



An excellent database that discusses both sides of many topics.



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