Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society
[ABC-CLIO (805) 968-1911, Grades 9-12]
ABC-CLIO has produced numerous high quality social studies websites in recent years. In 2006, we were pleased to award the company for its "United States at War: Understanding Conflict and Society" resource, and included a review.
This year's entry is no less impressive. Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society offers in-depth examination of how society is shaped by controversy, and includes national and worldwide historical data and expert perspectives from a wide range of primary and secondary sources. Major groupings are: Society, Criminal Justice, Environment, Gender/Ethnicity, Government/Law/Politics, and Science/Technology.
The user will find the website easy to navigate, as ABC-CLIO uses its trademark links and tabs to provide cross-referencing of materials. There are 150 significant social issues, with 4,000 reference entries. Over 15,000 primary and secondary sources are included, along with government documents, photographs and other works of art, video clips, and historic maps. (Videos require QuickTime, which can be downloaded from the link provided.)
ABC-CLIO's eight social studies websites are subscription-based, and subscribers, once logged in, can easily switch between the sites (American Government, American History, State Geography, World Geography, World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras, World History: The Modern Era, United States at War: Understanding Conflict and Society, and Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society).