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SIRS Issues Researcher: About

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Subjects Covered

  • Abortion 
  • Adoption
  • Advertising
  • AIDS
  • Alcohol Use
  • Alternative Education
  • Alternative Energy Sources
  • Animal Rights
  • Bioethics and Cloning
  • Birth Control
  • Body Image
  • Censorship
  • Civil Rights
  • Climate Change
  • Criminal Justice
  • Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
  • Driverless Vehicles
  • Drug Control
  • Eating Disorders
  • Economic Policy, U.S.
  • Education Policy 
  • Elections
  • Environmentalism 
  • Ethics and Criminal Behavior
  • Family 
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom of the Press
  • Gambling 
  • Gay Rights
  • Global Economic Policy
  • Globalization
  • Gun Control
  • Health Care
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration
  • Job Automation
  • Mass Media
  • Medical Ethics
  • Mental Health
  • Poverty, International
  • Religion
  • Right of Privacy
  • School Safety 
  • Sex Education
  • Smoking
  • Space Exploration & Travel
  • Sports
  • Substance Abuse
  • Technology
  • Teenagers, Civil Rights
  • Terrorism
  • U.S.-Mexico Border Wall
  • World Conflicts

SIRS Issues Researcher

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SIRS® Issues Researcher provides background and current analysis necessary for the research and understanding of 368+ current and pervasive Leading Issues. Analysis and opinions cover the pros, cons, and everything in between on the most researched and debated social issues. Issues are organized from major topical areas into Leading Issues, and then broken down to Pro/Con subtopics.  Each Pro/Con subtopic provides a brief overview, critical thinking questions, timeline, and an instructional research guide. Critical Thinking and Information Literacy skills are promoted through engaging Essential Questions with answers and viewpoint articles. All articles, websites, videos, multimedia graphics, charts, maps, statistics, primary sources and government documents are hand-selected from thousands of national and international sources.

SIRS® Issues Researcher supports school curriculum and differentiated instruction through a wide-variety of features and tools including: Common Core, State and National standards correlations, article read aloud & language translation, Lexile scores, editorially written article summaries and citation generators. Curriculum Guides, Note Organizers, Export to EasyBib, Save to Google Drive, and Add to Google Classroom, all aid users throughout the research process.

Product Features & Benefits


100% Full-Text | Editorial Summaries  | Lexile Reading levels | 2,100+ Sources most as text+graphics | 80,000+ Subjects hand-indexed to Library of Congress  | high quality graphics & charts | 3000+ Interactives, maps, timelines & primary sources


Standards Alignment (including Common Core Standards) | Trending Pro/Con Leading Issues | Daily updating | Article Text to Speech | Language Translation | Citation Generator | Note Organizers | Save to Google Drive | Add to Google Classroom | Lexiles | Curriculum Guides | Infographics


SIRS Support

Curriculum Guides

SIRS continues to 'Take Aim' at critical research skills by providing Curriculum Guides focused on writing logical arguments, analyzing statistics, practicing critical thinking in research, working with and identifying primary sources, technically analyzing infographics, and interpreting messages in editorial cartoons.

Publication Coverage

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Publication Types

  • Books
  • Government Documents
  • Images
  • Interactives
  • Magazines
  • Multimedia
  • Newspapers
  • Primary Sources
  • Reference Books
  • Websites