Issues & Controversies aims to provide the most accurate, accessible, and authoritative content available and present arguments on both sides of every issue in a clear, balanced, and unbiased manner. To ensure objective coverage and a wide range of competing viewpoints, the editors of Issues & Controversies rely on hundreds of leading print and electronic news sources from the United States and around the world. Foremost among these are prominent newspapers, wire services, and television, radio, and web-based outlets; respected newsmagazines, opinion journals, and scholarly publications; reports, surveys, and data from top think tanks, research institutes, and advocacy groups; and publications and websites of major government agencies and global organizations. Many of these sources are cited below in five different categories: News Organizations; Magazines and Journals; Groups and Institutes; Government Agencies; and Editorials.
Issues & Controversies also provides resources for students and educators such as sections on citations, writing research papers, and analyzing sources for accuracy. Teachers can access student speeches and interviews and download lesson plans on particular points of interest. There is a section on high school debate topics as well, to help coaches and students prepare for tournaments.