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Social and Ethical Issues

Social Issues -

A part of the Multnomah County Library Homework Center, this webliography was created for "middle and high school students researching current social issues from multiple perspectives." The three dozen highly relevant topics include: abortion; affirmative action; AIDS; animal rights; capital punishment; censorship; child labor; children's rights; civil rights; creation science vs. evolution; drugs and drug abuse; drunk driving; euthanasia assisted suicide; famine; flag burning; gangs; gender issues; genetic engineering; global warming; homelessness; homosexuality; immigration; national debate topic; organ body donation; prayer in schools; sweatshops; violence in schools; welfare; and world population.

Yahoo! Issues and Causes -

A comprehensive list of various "issues and causes" which have implications nationally and internationally. The list includes: Abortion, Activism resources, Affirmative action, Afrocentrism, Animal rights, Breastfeeding in public, Campaign finance reform, Child advocacy, Church-state, Civil rights, Climate change policy, Cloning, Conservation, Correction and rehabilitation, Creation vs. evolution, Dam issues, Death penalty, Disabilities, Diversity, Drug policy, Educational equity, Environmental health, Euthanasia, Extended breastfeeding, Fat acceptance, Feminism, Firearms policy, Food safety, Genetic engineering, Gentrification, Global warming, Health care policy, Historical issues, Housing, Human genome projects, Human rights, Immigration reform, Immunizations, Internet policy, K-12 education, Language policy, Lesbians, gays, and bisexuals, Literacy, Men's movement, Militia movement, Minimum wage, Mining, Multiculturalism, Native American, Oil and gas, Ozone depletion, Peace and nonviolence, Philanthropy, Political issues, Pollution, Population, Pornography, Poverty, Prostitution, Race relations, Racial profiling, Secondhand smoke, Shorter workweek, Social security reform, Socially responsible investing, Stadium taxes, Sustainable agriculture, Sustainable development, Tax reform, Term limits, Urban sprawl, Violence, Waste management, Weapons disarmament and nonproliferation, Weight and nutrition, Welfare reform, Whistleblowing, Xenotransplantation, and, Zoos.

Internet Public Library -

An online reference service really focused on helping students with their research needs -

"The mission of is to create a national community committed to human rights. Its goal is to awaken people of all ages to the problem of hate and intolerance, to equip them with the best tolerance ideas and to prompt them to act in their homes, schools, businesses and communities. is a Web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a national non-profit civil rights organization that promotes tolerance and diversity and combats hate and discrimination through education, investigation and litigation.

Statistical Resources on the Web -

From the University of Michigan Documents Center, a well organized collection of statistical data. Grouped by major subject area: Agriculture, Business and Industry, Comprehensive Subjects, Consumers, Cost-of-Living, Demographics, Economics, Education, Energy, Environment, Finance, Foreign Government Data Sources, Foreign/International Economics, Foreign Trade, Government Finances, Health, Housing, Labor, Military Politics, Science, Sociology, Tourism, Transportation, and Weather.

The U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights -

The Constitution defines the fundamental law of the United States federal government, setting forth the three principal branches of the federal government, outlining their jurisdictions, and propounding the basic rights of U.S. citizens. It has become the landmark legal document of the Western world, and is the oldest written national constitution currently in effect. The essential principle of the document is that government must be confined to the rule of law.

The Public Agenda -

"Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization .... The two-fold mission of Public Agenda is to: Help leaders better understand the public's point of view on major policy issues.... [and] Help citizens better understand critical policy issues so they can make their own more informed and thoughtful decisions. Links are provided to "issue guides" on the following issues: Abortion; America's Global Role; Campaign Finance; Child Care; Crime; the Economy; Education; The Environment; The Family; the Federal Budget; Gay Rights; Health Care; Illegal Drugs; Immigration; Internet Speech/Privacy; Medical Research; Medicare; Poverty and Welfare; Race; Right to Die; and Social Security.