Social Issues: Essential Primary Sources

The library now subscribes to the electronic version of Social Issues: Essential Primary Sources, a 10-volume collection of primary source documents on the prominent social issues facing citizens in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The volumes cover the following topics:

  • Crime and Punishment
  • Environmental Issues
  • Family in Society
  • Gender Issues and Sexuality
  • Government, Politics, and Protest
  • Human and Civil Rights
  • Immigration and Multiculturalism
  • Medicine, Health, and Bioethics
  • Social Policy
  • Terrorism

The primary sources featured include legislation, speeches, memoirs, newpaper articles, photos and more. Researchers can search a keyword or phrase throughout the entire collection or in one specific volume and the results can be limited by document type, so users can restrict their search to legislation, if desired. A simple search for 9/11 retrieved documents from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as the National Commission on Terrorism Attacks Upon the United States.

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