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Balanced, in-depth, analytical reports on current and controversial issues. Each report examines a single topic of public concern, giving a broad overview of the subject, historical background, and a discussion of the current controversies and initiatives.
Search for "articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites." Go to Settings-->LibraryLinks to connect gScholar to the Library's databases.
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Information on human impact to the environment from scholarly, government and general-interest sources. Includes topics such as global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
This subset of Academic Search Complete focuses on world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy & the history of philosophy.