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SIRS Knowledge Source

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Provides access to full-text articles and internet resources on a variety of subjects such as economics, health, history, business, science, literature, the arts, philosophy, film, etc. An excellent source for government information and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Includes a Pro vs Con section that discusses multiple views of major issues.


  • Sort - by relevance or date
  • Source Type - you can choose Newspapers, Magazines, Reference, Government Documents, Primary Sources, Multimedia/Statistics, or Websites
  • Choosing a Subject Search instead of a Keyword Search will also provide PR/Con issue and Essential Question Results, as well as a list of other related subject terms that may be useful.  The Subject Search may also help weed out some results from a keyword search that are less relevant.


  • You can access the extensive list of Leading issues two ways:
    • Click on the "View all issues" button at the top right of the Trending Pro/Con Leading Issues.
    • Browse all Pro/Con issues - below the trending issues.  You can look through an alphabetical list of all issues, or narrow the topics by broad subject areas.
  • Clicking on any topic or subtopic will take you to a page with an Essential Question, Critical thinking questions, a timeline, a Research Guide you can use to help you organize your work, Viewpoints with links to supporting documents, and the linked list of documents related to the topic.
  • You can view all results, or you can choose a Source Type - newspapers, magazines, viewpoints, reference, Government Documents, Primary Sources, Graphics/Multimedia, WebSelect Site (actual source types available depend upon the specific topic)


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