Understanding Controversy and Society
October 2006, ABC-CLIO, ABC-CLIO Databases

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Investigating current issues—justice to international, gender to crime, and education to law—helps students to develop critical thinking skills and, even more importantly, to turn them into informed citizens capable of responsibly making the decisions that will dictate our future.

Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society brings important issues in today’s world to students’ attention, highlighting the complete historical background, contemporary status, and global view of each. It provides students authoritative context, diverse expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources for truly understanding the issues that currently affect much of our global society, and for developing informed positions on those engendering controversy.

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2007 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE) - Social Studies Website—ComputEd Gazette, May 2, 2007

2007 Distinguished Achievement Award—AEP, June 1, 2007

2007 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) - Social Studies—ComputEd Gazette, October 1, 2007

2008 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)—Social Studies Web Site—ComputEd Gazette, April 25, 2008

2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE)—ComputEd Gazette, October 6, 2008

2008 Award of Excellence—Tech and Learning, October 30, 2008

2013 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)—ComputEd Gazette, April 15, 2013

2016 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE) - Social Studies Website—ComputEd Gazette, April 18, 2016

2017 CODiE Award Winner - Best Social Sciences Instructional Solution—SIIA, July 28, 2017

2018 Gold Award—Modern Library Awards, January 23, 2018

2018 Best Social Studies Website—ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES), April 1, 2018

2018 Best Online Educational Resource—ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES), April 1, 2018

2019 Best Social Studies Website—ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES), April 8, 2019


"Recommended for libraries that support a school curriculum or serve students in grades 7 and up."—Booklist, August 7, 2007

"The ease of use makes this a great tool for social science instruction as well as debate preparation."—MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, June 1, 2007

"Not only is Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society very useful for exploring current issues for social studies and English courses and research papers, it is also helpful for selecting and preparing for debate topics."—Library Media Connection, October 1, 2007

"This already outstanding resource has been improved with a crisp, easy-to-use interface that few students should have difficulty mastering. Highly recommended for school and public libraries."—Booklist, April 15, 2008

"This resource lets subscribers explore an issue . . . complete with a detailed Overview, Timeline, Facts & Figures, Current View & Outlook, questions for Discussion, and several Primary Sources. . . . Authoritative writing and accessibility are this product's key attributes."—Library Journal, August 1, 2009

"The Issues database is very user friendly and is a valuable resource for researchers. Highly recommended for high school and academic libraries."—ARBA, November 14, 2016

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