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Popular Topics

This guide provides links to online encyclopedias covering popular topics for undergraduate students. We looked at popular searches in Primo as well as topics students commonly ask about.

Comm 105 and ENG 104 students can explore potential topics and narrow down broad ideas.  

Career Information

Occupational Outlook Handbook
THE OOH is a comprehensive resource on employment in the United States. It provides detailed job descriptions, salary information, and up-to-date statistics on job prospects and employment outlook.

O*Net Online
O*Net is similar to OOH, but provides additional tools for exploring careers and self-assessments for finding your best career match.

WORKnet (Wisconsin)
Economic and employment statistics, and job listings for Wisconsin. 


Encyclopedia of Family Health
“a comprehensive summary of theory, research, practice, and policy on family health and wellness promotion”

Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine & Health
“coverage of relevant topics and issues in historical and contemporary context, with information on lifestyle habits and practices and their impact on health”


Animals & Environment

Service & Emotional Support Animals
Entry from Opposing Viewpoints

Encyclopedia of Animal Rights & Animal Welfare
“Coverage of issues, controversies, significant historical figures, and ideologies related to the treatment of animals”

Green Ethics and Philosophy: An A-to-Z Guide
“covers the moral relationship between humans and their natural environment, specifically targeting the contemporary green movement.”

Pollution A-Z
“Provides information on a variety of pollution issues”, related careers, and key people.

Media & Popular Culture

Social Media
Entry from Opposing Viewpoints

Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media
“cover(s) the traditional and electronic media and their controversial impact—for good and ill—on children and adolescents”

Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences : An Encyclopedia
“examines how music affects human beings and their interactions in and with the world.”

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
“Covers topics and persons in major areas of popular culture: film, music, print culture, social life, sports, television and radio, and art and performance (including theater, dance, stand-up comedy, and other live performance).”

Alcohol in Popular Culture : An Encyclopedia
“an overview of the entire history of alcohol in America from the first colonies to present day, focusing on the often-marginalized and pop culture aspects of alcohol use and misuse.”

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music
“important performers and industry figures, songs and albums, concerts and festivals, the rise of Christian radio and television, and other issues related to the growth of inspirational music.”


Politics & Social Justice

Women’s Rights & #MeToo
Entry in Opposing Viewpoints

Racial Profiling
Entry in Opposing Viewpoints

Encyclopedia of American Social Movements
“examines every social movement in American history – from the great struggles for abolition, civil rights, and women’s equality to the more specific quests for prohibition, consumer safety, unemployment insurance, and global justice.”

Science and Politics: an A-Z Guide to Issues and Controversies
Health, environmental, and social/cultural issues relating to science and politics, government regulation, historical and contemporary events

Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics
“explores how the rise of social media is altering politics both in the United States and in key moments, movements, and places around the world.”

Encyclopedia of American Activism: 1960s to the Present
“The turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s spawned a spectrum of activist movements”

Ethics & Religion

Assisted Suicide
Entry from Opposing Viewpoints

Entry from Opposing Viewpoints

Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering : a Global Resource
“This work considers both the professional ethics of science and technology, and the ethical and political issues raised by science and technology in an increasingly complex and global society.”

Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society
” broad coverage of corporate social responsibility, the obligation of companies to various stakeholder groups, the contribution of business to society and culture, and the relationship between organizations and the quality of the environment.”

“topics such as key cases in bioethics, the human biome, genetically modified foods, emergency preparedness and response, social justice, sustainability, chemical warfare and torture, among many others”

Psychology & Mental Health

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
“Provides detailed information on mental disorders and conditions.”

Encyclopedia of the Mind
“This encyclopedia brings together scholars from the entire range of mind-related academic disciplines from across the arts and humanities, social sciences, life sciences, and computer science and engineering to explore the multidimensional nature of the human mind.”

Mental Health
“Provides students with a concise view of divergent opinions on (mental health)”

Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance
“how people’s outer physical characteristics and their inner perceptions and attitudes about their own appearance (body image) affect their lives”

Sports and Athletes

Compensation for College Athletes
Entry from Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Sports in America from Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century
“Provides practical help for the day-to-day concerns that keep managers awake at night. “

Encyclopedia of Sports Management & Marketing
“budgeting and finance; leadership; governance; communication; business law and ethics; and human resources practices; all in the sports context. On the marketing side…marketing of sport and of sport-related products”

Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine
Sports training, injuries, nutrition, doping, special populations, occupations in sports medicine, sports and society, sports psychology, women and sports

Women in Professional Sports
Entry from Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Mysteries , Legends, & Science Fiction

Encyclopedia of Superstitions
“This classic and thoroughly delightful reference explores the origins of superstitions.”

Encyclopedia of Misinformation
“this is the definitive guide to how we are tricked, and how we trick ourselves.”

Pseudoscience: A Critical Encyclopedia
What makes science science?…The encyclopedia spans the full spectrum of scientific and nonscientific pursuits, from chemistry, biology, psychology, and medicine to eugenics, religion, cryptozoology, the occult, and paranormal activities.”

Conspiracy theories
Encyclopedia Entry from Opposing Viewpoints in Context


Encyclopedia of World Biography
“A multicultural biographical source that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods”

Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives
“original scholarly biographies of notable Americans.”

Gale in Context: Biography Person Search
Search for individuals by name.

Gale in Context: College
List of Biographies, including current and historical figures