Issues & Controversies - Recent Database Updates
Jane Flynn, Last modified by Jane Flynn May 15 2018 03:08 PM
New Feature! Court Cases Added (February 27, 2018)
The latest update to Issues & Controversies now features dozens of new, original, stand-alone articles summarizing key court cases on major issues in contemporary society. Most cover Supreme Court decisions, but lower court rulings are included as well. Each article explains the background of the case, the legal issues it raised, the court's decision, and its impact.
Court Cases can be accessed from selected main articles, from basic and advanced search, and from the new landing page linked to under the Resources drop-down.
For more information, please see How to Access Court Cases.
New Integration! Share to Google Classroom (October 31, 2017)
If you are using Google Classroom, you can now incorporate content from Issues & Controversies into your Classroom courses with the click of a button. The site's "Share" tools have been updated to include the new Share to Google Classroom option.
For more information, please see How to Use Share to Google Classroom.
New Feature! Infographics Added (September 13, 2017)
The latest update to Issues & Controversies includes more than 150 Infographics, presenting vast amounts of information in easy-to-access charts, graphs, and tables. This new content can be accessed via basic and advanced search, and selected articles offer links to relevant Infographics as well.
For more information on how to access this new content, please see: How to Access Infographics.
New Integration! Desire2Learn LTI Now Available (September 2017)
Brightspace / Desire2Learn (D2L) users can now embed content from Issues & Controversies directly into their courses. For installation instructions, please see
New Integration! Canvas LTI Now Available (September 2017)
Canvas users can now embed content from Issues & Controversies directly into their courses. The LTI app provides a rich integration between Issues & Controversies and Canvas courses. Users of Canvas can embed Issues & Controversies resources directly inside their courses, without having to leave the LMS. This plugin is LTI based and integrates directly into the standard Canvas HTML editor.
For installation instructions, please refer to Issues & Controversies Canvas External App Installation.
New Integration! Schoology LTI Now Available (September 2017)
Customers using the Schoology learning management system can embed content from Issues & Controversies directly into their courses. The LTI app provides a rich integration between Issues & Controversies and Schoology courses. Users of Schoology can embed Issues & Controversies resources directly into their courses, without having to leave the LMS. This plugin is LTI based and integrates directly into the standard Schoology HTML editor and the Add Materials menu within a course.
For app installation instructions, please see Issues & Controversies Schoology LTI App Installation.
New Feature! NPR Audio Content (March 1, 2017)
More than 100 editorially curated and selected National Public Radio (NPR) articles, audio recordings, and podcasts have been added to the site. Users can find the new audio content under the “Media” tab for selected articles on dozens of topics, and can also access it via search.
MLA8 Citations Now Available (February 9, 2017)
The citations in Issues & Controversies have been updated based on the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
For more information, please see How to Cite.
Site Relaunch! Redesigned Site with Enhanced Functionality Now Available (October 5, 2016)
We are delighted to announce the launch of the new and improved Issues & Controversies. When you log on, you will automatically see a dynamic new design, a new content organizational structure, and improved functionality.
For an in-depth look at the enhancements, click here to read the full announcement.
My Preferences (April 3, 2015)
The latest update to Issues & Controversies includes a new feature: "My Preferences." If you are signed into your user account, also known as a folder account, you can now set personal preferences that will apply to the site whenever you are signed in to your user account.
Personal account preferences can be set for: Default language and Default citation format. You can also sign up to have subject-specific Content Update emails sent to your own email address.
For more information, please see How to Set "My Preferences"
Download to PDF (February 17, 2015)
The latest update to Issues & Controversies includes a new feature: Download to PDF (Portable Document Format). Users can now download articles and other related materials such as chronologies as PDFs simply by clicking the download link found beneath the article's title. Users are given the option to include MLA or Chicago Manual of Style citations in the PDF.
For more information on how to use this new feature, please see Download to PDF.
New Feature! Issues & Controversies Adds Thought-Provoking New Debate Videos (December 2, 2014)
The latest update to Issues & Controversies utilizes the power of video to enhance users' understanding of today's most important and controversial issues. More than 90 new debate videos from the renowned Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Series have just been added to the database, featuring some of the most prominent political figures, journalists, academics, and experts in the United States and throughout the world on a wide range of crucial topics.
For an in-depth look at this update, please click here to read the full announcement.
For information on how to access and view the new debate videos, please click below: