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AWR - Current and Controversial Topics: Web

This guide will help with your Major Informed Opinion Paper (MIOP) or any other paper you write on controversial topics.

Finding Statistics

USA.GOV
The U.S. government's official web portal for access to government information.

FEDSTATS.SITES.USA.GOV 
Access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. With convenient searching and linking capablilties to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production, and more.

CENSUS.GOV/COMPENDIA/STATAB/OVERVIEW.HTML
The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the standard summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

UNSTATS
The Statistics Division is committed to the advancement of the global statistical system. We compile and disseminate global statistical information, develop standards and norms for statistical activities, and support countries’ efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems.

On the Web - News

C-SPAN
C-SPAN is a diverse information service that provides public affairs programming 24 hours a day in a variety of formats.

WWW.PBS.ORG/WGBH/PAGES/FRONTLINE
Frontline is the public affairs series for PBS reporting on controversial issues with thematic documentaries and news articles. Search for specific issues or browse by topics.

WWW.PROPUBLICA.ORG
ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize winning independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

 

On the Web - Think Tanks

This list of think tanks is very short. There are literally thousands of think tanks around the globe. Get with a librarian to find one that might help you with your research.

BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
"The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals:

  • Strengthen American democracy;
  • Foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and
  • Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.

Brookings is proud to be consistently ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank."

CATO INSTITUTE
"The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank – dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues."

CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS
"The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. Building on the achievements of progressive pioneers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, our work addresses 21st-century challenges such as energy, national security, economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and health care. We develop new policy ideas, critique the policy that stems from conservative values, challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter, and shape the national debate."

HERITAGE FOUNDATION
"Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense."

NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
"Founded in 1920, the National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community."