Contemporary Issues Resources

For log in and password information, please ask Mrs. Caldwell, or click HERE (only accessible to logged in Wayne Hills students and faculty)

Bergen Record Online- We have daily hard copies in the library, but to use the online version, go to CIA World Factbook- exactly what it sounds like, this is the CIA’s website, and provides information on the history, people and society, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The Reference tab includes: a variety of world, regional, country, ocean, and time zone maps; Flags of the World; and a Country Comparison function that ranks the country information and data in more than 75 Factbook fields No login required.
Classroom Videos On Demand: Videos searchable by subject or producers (BBC, TED, HBO, etc.) For subject index:
Country Reports Database: Entirely online, this database offers more than 35,000 pages of content on the countries of the world. Cultural, historical and statistical information that is regularly updated to reflect current information. Includes information world photos, maps, country flags, national anthems, populations, climate and weather, world news, news for country, and Christmas Traditions.
Daily Life Through History: Provides info on all aspects of daily life from antiquity through the present day from reference works, monographs, and primary documents. Search by era, region, or subject. Colonial and Native American and other ethnic cultures are featured. Weblinks to multimedia sites, video, and audio files are available. Go to ABC-Clio Social Studies Databases and then click on Daily Life * For Contemporary issues, once in Daily Life, select “A New Millennium, 1991-present”
Discovery Education: Sign in through Classlinks. Short videos on a variety of topics, organized by subject and grade-appropriateness. Topics include Science, English, Math, Social Studies, Health, Careers and Workplace, Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages, News and Current Events, and Virtual Field Trips.
eMagazines: Through a partnership with the Wayne Public Library, students and staff now have access to THOUSANDS of magazines through Libby and Overdrive Here's a step-by-step video showing how to log in and find magazines on Libby, and one for if you would prefer to use Overdrive.Please note: these are accessible through the Wayne Public Library - you need a library card number to access this. Don’t have a library card? Apply for one now by filling out this Google Form:

History Reference Center (EBSCO): Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents. More than 640,000 full-text records from peer-reviewed journals, reference books, periodicals and other sources. In addition, articles include Lexile® Measures to address text complexity requirements.Nearly 2,000 full-text reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, more than 140 full-text history journals and magazines, more than 81,000 full-text biographies of historical figures, more than 56,000 full-text primary source documents, more than 45,000 images, including maps and historical photos, plus 83+ hours of historical video.*Log into Ebsco, then scroll down to History Reference Center
Issues and Controversies Points of View (Ebsco): Information on controversial issues, including overviews of the topic, and links to magazine and academic journal articles. Go to Points of View (Ebsco), login, then select “Points of View”- there is also a whole section under “Labor & Economics”
Modern World History- ABC-Clio Social Studies Databases: Look at the the changes and challenges faced by the international community after the end of the Cold War, including the end of South Africa's apartheid system, political changes in Eastern Europe, and the outbreak of genocides in Europe and Africa.Select “World History, The Modern Era”, and then choose “A New Millenium, 1991-Present” Newseum- Today’s front pages from papers around the world (with archived covers from major historical events).
New York Times (Current Articles): One of the most well-known and well-respected newspapers for over a hundred and fifty years. (if you don't have a login and password yet, fill out this form)
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center (Gale): An online database featuring reprinted articles from books, magazine articles, and websites with comprehensive information on social issues arguing both sides pro and con. Audio files are included. Type in your search term, and you will get several results of articles relating to your topic. Pop Culture ABC CLIO: Digital library of information on American and World movies, television, radio, music, sports, fads, fashions, and foods from the 1920’s to the present (with options to search by era). Weblinks to other reliable sites also are available on this site.
Primary Source Collection- US National Archives: Access thousands of primary sources- letters, photographs, speeches, posters, maps, videos, and other document types- spanning the course of American history. They are always adding more! No login needed, but you can create one so you can save your searchesYou can choose to select the orange “Explore Primary Source Documents” button, then “Refine by Historical Era or Document Type” and choose “Contemporary United States (1968 to the present) is used by your teachers for turning in papers. Your login and password are whatever you made them (usually your Wayne Hills email and password), and your teacher should give you the class ID and login code for that class (you only need to put the class ID and login code in once- after that, when you log in, you will see all your classes).