Here you will find resources for exploring a topic and gaining an informed understanding of your topic.
Good quesitons to ask include:
Can I get a quick overview of the topic?
What is the history behind this topic?
What controversies surround it?
Who do the controversies affect?
A good starting place, encyclopedias can provide general background information and may suggest directions for research. General encyclopedias:
Encyclopedias concerning social issues:
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These databases provide helpful background and history, statistics, and current trends around controversial topics: