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A through F

For use in Online Catalog (OPAC)
For Sample Database Searches
Abortion AbortionPro-Choice Movement
Pro-Life Movement
Acid rain
  SEE ALSO Pollution
Acid Rain Acid Rain
Adoption (interracial, unmarried persons, gays)

AdoptionGay parentsInterracial adoption

AIDS AIDS (Disease)AIDS (Disease) in children

AIDS (Disease)Pediatric AIDS (Disease)

Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's disease
Animal rights Animal experimentationAnimal rights

Animal experimentationAnimal rights

Anorexia and Bulimia SEE Eating disorders
Athletes and drugs Doping in Sports Drugs and Athletes
Banking Bailout (2008) Bailout
Battered women
  SEE ALSO Wife Abuse
Abused women Conjugal abuse
Birth control Birth controlContraception

Birth controlContraception

Black Reparations Movement ReparationsSlavery--Law and legislation


Body language Body languageGestureNonverbal communication Nonverbal communication
Bullying Bullying BullyingCyberbullying
Business ethics Business ethicsCorporations - Corrupt practices Business ethicsBusiness enterprises, Corrupt practices
Capital punishment (Death Penalty) Capital punishmentDeath row Capital punishment
Cancer Cancer--Prevention
SEE ALSO types of cancer, such asBreast--Cancer
Neoplasms--Prevention and Control;Cancer Treatment
  SEE ALSO Freedom of the Press
Censorship; Prohibited books CensorshipUSA Patriot Act 2001-US AND Civil libertiesFiltering software;Banned books

Child abuse                             SEE ALSO Domestic violence

Abused children; Child abuse Child abuse
Child custody/support Custody of children Child custody
Children of alcoholics Children of alcoholics
Alcoholics--Family relationships
Children of alcoholics
  SEE ALSO Genetic Engineering
Cloning Cloning
Computer crime
  SEE ALSO Credit Card fraud; Identity theft; Internet - security
Computer crimesComputer hackersComputer viruses; CybercrimeComputer crimeCredit card fraud
SEE ALSO Energy ConservationRecycling;Wildlife Conservation
Conservation of natural resources;
Environmental protection
Conservation of natural resources;Environmentalism
Corporal punishment Corporal punishment Corporal punishment
Creationism vs. Evolution CreationismEvolutionHuman evolution Creationism
Credit card debt Credit cardsConsumer credit Credit cards AND debt
Criminal justice system Criminal justice, Administration of Criminal justice
Cults Cults Religion--cults
Darfur (Sudan) Genocide Sudan--Genocide--DarfurSudan--History--Darfur Conflict, 2003- Darfur/Sudan
Date rape Acquaintance rapeDate rape drugs;Rape Acquaintance rapeDate rape
Death and dying -- death with dignity, assisted suicide Assisted suicideDeathEuthanasia;Medical ethicsRight-to-die; Assisted suicide;  Euthanasia
Dieting Food habitsReducing dietsWeight loss Fad dietsDiet therapy
Divorce Divorce Divorce
Domestic partners Gay couplesUnmarried couples Domestic partners
Domestic violence
  SEE ALSO Child AbuseWife Abuse
Marital violenceFamily violence Domestic violence
Drug abuse Drug abuseMedication abuse;
Drug addiction
Substance use disorderssubstance abuseDrug abuse
Drunk driving Drinking and traffic accidents;
Drunk driving
Drunk drivingDriving while intoxicated
Eating disorders Anorexia nervosaBulimia;
Compulsive eatingEating disorders
Eating disordersBulimia nervosa;Eating disordersAnorexia
Education reform Educational changeNo Child Left Behind Act of 2001--United States;Educational innovations Educational reformEducational tests & measurementMerit pay for teachers
Endangered species Endangered speciesWildlife conservation Endangered speciesEndangered species, Timeline
Energy conservation Energy conservationEnergy consumptionEnergy policy Energy dependency
Environment -- protection, resource use, etc. Conservation of natural resources;
Environmental protection;
Nature conservation
Ethnic cleansing GenocideForced migration;Population transfers Ethnic cleansingForced migration
European Union - politics, economics, etc. European UnionEuropean Union countries--Economic policy European Union
Evolution vs. Creationism SEE Creationism vs. Evolution
Family -- changes, stresses FamilyDomestic relations;
Single parent familyStepfamilies
Fetal tissue research and/or transplants Fetal tissues Fetal tissue research
Food -- additives, poisoning, preservation; GMOs Food additivesFood poisoning;
Food preservationGenetically modified foods

Food additivesFood poisoning;Genetically modified foods

Forests -- logging, rain forests, preservation DeforestationForests and forestry;LoggingRain forests DeforestationLogging
Free speech Freedom of speech Freedom of Speech
Freedom of the press Freedom of the press Freedom of the press

G through P

For use in Online Catalog (OPAC)
For Sample Database Searches
Gambling Gambling Gambling
Gangs Gangs Gangs
Garbage/waste disposal
  SEE ALSO Hazardous WasteRecycling
Refuse and refuse disposal
Refuse and refuse disposal
Gays, Lesbians Gay rightsGaysLesbians HomosexualitySame-sex marriage

Genetic engineering         

CloningGene therapy;
Genetic engineering
Cloning, Moral and ethical aspects
Government regulation of businesses Deregulation;
Industrial laws and legislation
Green Movement Green MovementSustainable Living Local Food Movement
Greenhouse effect Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric;
Global warming
Greenhouse gases
Gun control Firearms--Law and legislation;
Gun control
Gun control
Hate groups/crimes Hate crimes Hate crimes
Hazardous waste disposal
  SEE ALSO Pollution
Hazardous waste Hazardous substances
Health care reform Health care reformHealth Insurance Health care reform
  SEE ALSO Ethnic cleansing
Holocaust, Jewish - 1939-1945 Holocaust denial
Homeless -- housing, health, programs, rights Homeless persons; Homelessness Homelessness
Home schooling Home schooling;
Education - Parent participation
Home schooling

Illegal aliens - work, laws, control

Alien laborIllegal aliensHuman smuggling Illegal immigration
Human smuggling

Immigration - policies, restriction

Emigration and immigration;

ImmigrationAnti-Immigrant Movement
Infertility Fertility,HumanInfertility;
Fertilization, in vitro
Fertilization in vitro

Internet -- security, commercial use, censorship

CensorshipInternetInternet and ChildrenPrivacy, Right of Internet censorship
Iran-US Relations

United States - Foreign relations - Iran

Iran, Foreign relations, U.S. (See: U.S., Foreign relations, Iran)

Iraq War (2003) - causes, moral & ethical aspects, etc.

Iraq War, 2003- Iraq War
Islamic Fundamentalism Islamic FundamentalismIslam--21st Century Islamic Fundamentalism
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Israel--Ethnic relationsPalestinian Arabs--Israel Israel/Palestinian Conflict

Jobs -- locating, training, pay

Job huntingOccupational training;
Vocational guidanceWages
Job hunting

Juvenile delinquency

Juvenile delinquencyJuvenile corrections Juvenile delinquency

Legalization of drugs

Drug legalizationMarijuana -- Government policy - United States Marijuana legalizationDrug legalization

Male/female roles & stereotypes

SEE Sex roles

Mandatory sentences

Sentences criminal procedures Mandatory Sentences

Marijuana -- effects, medical use
   SEE ALSO Legalization of drugs

Marijuana Marijuana

Marriage -- choices, social aspects, in other cultures, of gays

MarriageMarriage customs and ritesMate selectionSame-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage
Media bias Journalism -- Objectivity -- United States Media biasMass media
Medical care, Cost of Medical care, Cost of Medical care, Cost of
Militia Movements Militia movements--United States;Paramilitary forces Militia movements

NAFTA free trade agreement

North America--Economic integration

NAFTA (See: North American Free Trade Agreement)

National debt, balanced federal budget

Budget--United StatesGovernment spending policy--United States Budget deficits, U.S.

Nature vs. nurture (genes vs. environmental influence)

Nature and nutureBehaviorism;Behavior genetics Behaviorism (Psychology); Behavior genetics
North Korea Korea (North)--Foreign relations--United States North KoreaHuman rights, Korea (North)
Nuclear Power - risks, accidents, plants, etc.

Antinuclear movementsNuclear power plant accidentsNuclear engineeringNuclear power plants

Nuclear energy
Nuclear weapons Nuclear weapons Nuclear weapons

Nutrition and disease

NutritionNutrition disorders;Nutritionally induced diseases

NutritionDietary supplements
Offshore Oil Drilling Petroleum in submerged lands;Offshore oil industryoil spills Offshore oil industry

Organ transplants

Transplantation of organs Organ donation
Outsourcing Contracting outGlobalization -- Economic aspects -- Developing countries Outsourcing

Ozone depletion

Air pollutionOzone layer depletion Ozone layer depletion
Parenting ParentingParent and child Parenting

Pesticides -- use, in foods, environmental effect

Pesticide residues in food;PresticidesPesticides--Environmental aspects Pesticides


Cheating (Education); Plagiarism CheatingPlagiarism

Police brutality

Police--complaints against Police brutality

Political campaigns -- financing, use of advertising and the media

Campaign fundsPolitical campaignsPress and politics Political campaignsPolitical campaigns, Law and legislation;Internet in political campaigns

Political interest groups, lobbyists

LobbyistsPolitical action committees Political action committeesCampaign funds

Pollution -- air, water, etc.

Pollution; SEE ALSO specific kinds, such as Air Pollution or Hazardous Waste Pollution
Pornography Pornography Pornography
Poverty in the U.S. Income distribution--United States;United States--Economic conditions;Poverty--United States Poverty
Prayer in public schools Church and statePrayer in the public schools School prayer
Prison reform Prison administrationPrisons--United States Prison reform

Privacy -- invasion of, right of

Privacy, Right of Privacy in schoolsPrivacy in the workforcePrivacy rights for teenagers;Privacy, Right of
Proposition 8 (same-sex marriage) Same sex marriage--Law and legislation--United States California. Constitution. 1st Article, Section 7.5
Proposition 13 (property tax) Real property tax--CaliforniaTax and expenditure limitations California. Proposition 13 of 1978

Public assistance (welfare)

Public welfarePublic welfare administrationWelfare recipients Welfare;

Q through Z

For use in Online Catalog (OPAC)
For Sample Database Searches

Race relations

Race relations Race relations
Racial profiling Racial profiling in law enforcement;Discrimination in law enforcement--United States Racial profiling

Rain forests

Rain forest conservationRain forests Rain forests
Rape Acquaintance rapeRape RapeStatutory rapeAcquaintance rape
Recessions RecessionsDepressions Recessions
Recycling Recycling (wastes, etc.) Recycling
Refugees RefugeesPolitical refugees Refugee campsRefugeesRefugees, political
Religion and politics Religion and politicsReligion and state Religion and politics
Rent control Housing policyRent control Rent control
Right to die Assisted suicideEuthanasiaRight to die Assisted suicide
School discipline School discipline Student expression and school disciplineSchool discipline and corporal punishment
School reform Educational change Educational changeEducational change, StatisticsEducational change, Global impact
School violence School violence School violenceSchool shootings;School safety
School vouchers Educational vouchers School vouchers
Sentencing, mandatory Sentences criminal procedures Sentences (Criminal Procedure);Sentences (Criminal Procedure), StatisticsSentencing Reform Act (1984)
Sex differences Sex differencesSex differences (psychology) Sex differencesSex factors in disease;Sex differences in education
Sex discrimination Sex discriminationsex discrimination in employment Sex discriminationSex discrimination against menSex discrimination in education
Sex education Sex instruction Sex education (topic overview)
Sex role Sex role Sex role
Sexual behavior SexSex (Psychology) Sexual ethics
Sexual harassment Sex discriminationSexual harassment Sexual harassmentSexual harassment of men
Single parent families Single parent familiesSingle parents Single parents (topic overview)
Slavery Slavery Human trafficking (topic overview);Slavery
Smoking - health, second-hand SmokingPassive Smoking Smoking (topic overview)
Social security system Social security; Social security
Solar power Solar energySolar power Solar energy (topic overview)
Stepchildren Stepchildren StepchildrenStepfamilies
Steroids Anabolic steroids Doping in sports (topic overview)
Suicide Assisted suicideSuicideTeenagers - Suicidal behavior Suicide (topic overview)
Tax reform Income tax Taxation (topic overview)
Teenage pregnancy Teenage pregnancy Teenage pregnancy (topc overview)
Television and children Television and children Television and children
Television violence Violence on television Violence in mass media (topic overview)
Terrorism Terrorism Terrorism (topc overview)
Textbooks - bias, censorship CensorshipRacism in textbooks Textbook bias
Three strikes law Mandatory sentences Mandatory sentences
Unemployment Unemployment Unemployment (topic overview)
Veteran's rights Veterans benefits Veterans, benefits
Victims of crimes Victims of crimes Victims of crimes
Violence in the United States Violence - United States Violent crimes
Water conservation, rationing Water conservationWater reuse Water conservation
White supremecy groups White supremacy movements White supremacy movements
Wife abuse Wife abuse Conjugal violence
Wildlife conservation Endangered speciesWildlife conservation Wildlife conservation

Women's rights

Women's rights Women's rights (topic overview)
World hunger HungerFamines Famine (topic overview)
Working parents Children of working parents Children of working parents
Youth - behavior, attitudes TeenagersYouth - United States Youth, AttitudesYouth, Statistics
Youth - crime, problems  GangsJuvenile delinquencySchool violence Youth, drug abuse

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