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Controversial Issues: Controversial Issues


Use the Library Catalog to look for books on specific subjects.

Books that check out are on the 2nd floor of the library.

Reference books are on the 1st floor. These include specialized encyclopedias. They are often good starting points for research. Here are some examples:



Encyclopedia of Bioethics (R174.957 ENCYCLO)

The encyclopedia above is also available in the library database called Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Encyclopedia of Politics: the Left and the Right (R320.03 ENCYCLO)


Social Issues in America: an Encyclopedia (R361.973 SOCIAL)

The following encyclopedias are available online in library databases:

Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues
You'll find this book in the library database called
Gale Virtual Reference Library.


Encyclopedia of Social Problems
You'll find this book in the library database called Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Culture Wars: an Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices
You'll find this book in the library database called Credo Reference


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Global Social Issues: An Encyclopedia
You'll find this book in the library database called Credo Reference.


Controversial Issues Research Guide


This Research Guide will help you find information in books, library databases, and websites.

Library Databases

From the SCC Library homepage choose Databases by Subject, or try one of these databases: 


Websites for exploring Controversial Issues

Help with Research

You can get help with your research by chatting online with a librarian (available 24/7), by emailing us (available 24/7), or by calling the SCC Library Reference Desk at (509) 533-8821 during our normal business hours.

Citation Guides
How to cite sources, plus other writing assistance information.

Search Tip

Keep in mind that searching for the words "pros" or "cons" will not always find information on a particular side of a controversial issue.  Consider using words like:

support, supporters, advocates, in favor of, benefits, advantages

oppose, opponents, opposition, disadvantages, risks, consequences

Can't Find It at SCC?

SFCC materials

When you search the Library Catalog you may find books and videos on your topic at SFCC.  Click the "Request Item" button to have the item sent to SCC for you to pick up.  If it's convenient to stop by the Falls Library, you'll just need your student ID card for check out.


The SCC Library participates in a cooperative of inland northwest libraries called WIN (Washington Idaho Network).  WIN includes Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, University of Idaho, among others.  Your student ID card can be used to check out books from any WIN library.  You can also click the WINborrow button in the Library Catalog to search for and request books.

Materials at other libraries

If you find a reference to a book or periodical article that does not seem to be available at SCC, we can get it for you.  We'll locate the library that owns it and request an interlibrary loan.  Keep in mind that it could take ten days to two weeks for the item to arrive if it's in a library outside the Spokane area.