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Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a great database to use to find background information about a wide range of issues including social issues.
Opposing Viewpoints In Context (Gale) This link opens in a new window Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY.
Encyclopedias are an excellent source for obtaining background information before starting one's research paper.
All encyclopedias below are are available online by clicking on the title.
Encyclopedia of Social Work
Encyclopedia of Social Work, the first continuously updated online collaboration between the National Association of Social Workers (NASW Press) and Oxford University Press (OUP) contains 800+ articles edited with precision by a 13-member editorial board and Editor in Chief offering overviews of every facet of social work policy and practice and over 200 succinct biographies of key figures in social work history.