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- Database: A World of Great Debates: Debatabase: an expert-curated collection of model written debates with facts and examples both for and against on hundreds of topics.
- Write Out Loud: Overcoming fear of public speaking: convert anxiety to confidence. How to write and give successful speeches. Source activities, speech topics & samples
- American Rhetoric: Site dedicated to Public Rhetoric, political, social, movie and religious speeches and related concepts of and exercises in rhetoric.
A non-profit site dedicated to showcasing multiple sides to controversial topics
NYT - Room for Debate
The New York Times column that examines current controversial issues in depth.
A broad, unbiased examination of current policy issues like immigration, health care and education from non-profit, nonpartisan group Public Agenda.
Public Policy Issues and Groups
Vanderbilt University Library's massive list of policy issues and related websites
PEW Research Center
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions.
Statistics & Data
American Fact Finder
A search tool created by the U.S. Census Bureau to make data and stats more accessible.
CIA World Factbook
International statistics on history, government, economy, and more, as gathered by the CIA
Data - World Bank
Search for data to back up your talking points by topic - including international stats on poverty, labor, health, climate change, gender and more.