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Exploring Issues is a new, cost-effective, and accessible digital resource that provides focused coverage and clear analysis of timely, complex, and controversial issues. Every topic is covered with an unbiased overview, thorough and clear pro/con presentations, critical-thinking questions, color infographics and statistics that support positions, cited primary and secondary source quotes, and an annotated list of related organizations for further research. The easy site navigation is enhanced with tools such as Google Drive, PDF download, e-mail/share, and MLA/APA citation export. Its user-friendly and clean design make it a “must have” resource for middle and high school research papers, debate preparation, persuasive writing, and class discussions.

Content

  • Unbiased and easy to use resource supports research papers, debate preparation, persuasive essays, and class discussions
  • Promotes critical thinking and reading
  • Clean and accessible design invites users and helps them get the information they need
  • Issue content includes both objective, unbiased overviews and clear pro/con arguments
  • Debate at a Glance summarizes pro/con arguments’ main points
  • Numerous captioned, full color infographics and statistics support positions
  • Hundreds of primary and secondary source quotes with citation export
  • Growing collection of issues with updates as needed

Issues

This growing collection of issues includes:
Alternative Energy Cars
E-Cigarettes and Vaping
Online Privacy
Biofuels
Euthanasia
Performance-Enhancing Drugs
Biomedical Ethics
Fossil Fuels
Renewable Energy
Cell Phones
Gun Control and Violence
Social Networking
Climate Change
Illegal Immigration
Stem Cell Research
Cyberbullying
Marijuana
Video Games and Violence
Distracted Driving
Mass Shootings

Benefits

For Students

  • Easily research current issues for writing assignments, debates, and class projects.

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  • Download infographics for use in presentations and projects.
  • Find documented quoted materials from both sides of an issue.
  • Use related resources for additional research.
  • Download student resources for assistance in critical reading and writing.

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For Teachers

  • Easily prepare critical thinking lessons.

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  • Find a wealth of materials to use for classroom discussion, writing exercises, and issue analysis.
  • Get ideas for current issues classroom activities from downloadable teacher resources.
  • Incorporate materials into assignments and classroom activities using Google Classroom.
  • Use Exploring Issues materials such as Debate at a Glance, Facts, Focus Questions, and Infographics for classroom activities and discussions.

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For Librarians

  • Provide your patrons with objective analysis and balanced pro-con discussion of today’s issues.

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  • Assist educators in integrating technology into the classroom and creating engaging critical thinking activities.

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Features

Links
Links
Related organizations with annotations and links
Google
Google
Google Drive and Google Classroom integration
Print
Print
Print, copy, PDF download, and share tools
Languages
Languages
Instant translation into 100 languages
Responsive design
Responsive design
Optimized for use on mobile devices and computers
Access
Access
24/7 unlimited user access
Downloads
Downloads
Downloadable student and teacher guides for writing, research, class activities and discussions, and MARC records for cataloging .
Citation Tool
Citation Tool
MLA/APA citation tool for primary content

Licensing and Access

Renewal
Required
Lifetime
Access
Simultaneous
Access
Multi-School
Discounts
Multi-Year
Discounts
Content
Correlation
Teacher
Resources
NF

Definitions

Renewal Required: You must renew this subscription every year.
Lifetime Access: You only need to purchase this product one time.
Simultaneous Access: More than one person can use this product at the same time.
Multi-School Incremental Discounts: Discounts available if purchasing for more than one school/location. Contact Mackin for discount information at eservices@mackin.com.
Multi-Year Discounts: Discounts available if purchasing for more than one consecutive year. Contact Mackin for discount information at eservices@mackin.com.
Content Correlation: NF=Nonfiction F=Fiction

Minimum System Requirements

The Exploring Issues database can be used on a Mac or PC platform. The database is responsive and has been optimized for mobile devices and computers. A minimum of 512 MB of RAM is recommended. The last two versions of the following browsers are supported: Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari for Mac OS X (macOS). The following mobile browsers are supported: Safari (iOS 7.0+), Google Chrome, and Android Browser (Android 4.0+).