Get WiseTo Social Issues: Thomson Gale Launches New Reference Web Site

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Thomson Gale, a worldwide leader in electronic research and educational solutions, announces the launch of WiseTo Social Issues, a new reference Web site dedicated to comprehensively exploring today's hottest and most divisive topics. Thomson Gale is part of Thomson Learning.

As an organization that has always been devoted to providing authoritative reference information to users through their library, we're excited to offer a resource designed to advance insight and knowledge rather than a particular position. We think everyone will benefit from WiseTo Social Issues and the additional extensive information services offered by their local library.

Thomson Gale, a worldwide leader in electronic research and educational solutions, announces the launch of WiseTo Social Issues, a new reference Web site dedicated to comprehensively exploring today's hottest and most divisive topics. Thomson Gale is part of Thomson Learning.

Available at http://socialissues.wiseto.com, WiseTo Social Issues provides a balanced look at all sides of widely discussed social issues and current events, including professionally written and comprehensive information on more than 100 subjects. Everyone, including students of all levels, professionals, water cooler debaters and the generally curious, now have fast and easy access to a wealth of unbiased and authoritative information on the socially charged issues that divide us. From abortion to capital punishment, euthanasia to the war in Iraq, and global warming to gun control, current information on today's most controversial topics is available and open for exploration at WiseTo Social Issues.

"Thomson Gale is excited to launch this authoritative open Web resource to contribute to the research and debates around today's most relevant social issues," said Matthew Hong, vice president and general manager of Open Web Markets at Thomson Gale. "Thanks to information that is investigated, written and organized by our extensive network of professionals, users of the site will find accurate, balanced and complete perspectives at their fingertips."

Authoritative and Unbiased
Most Web sites covering social issues are either designed to support a singular viewpoint or include content that lacks academic or journalistic authority. Consistent with Thomson Gale's long-standing mission of advancing learning and libraries, WiseTo Social Issues features unbiased, academic-quality information that represents all sides of highly contested issues. The site offers library-quality reference content exclusively created by or licensed from third parties by Thomson Gale, which has produced trusted information for libraries, schools, and businesses worldwide for more than 50 years.

Convenient and Comprehensive
Content on WiseTo Social Issues is organized around more than 100 main topics, featuring accurate, timely and relevant information about a particular topic in a user-friendly, easy to navigate interface. The site's accessible design and concise packaging of content allows users to get access to the information they need in the quickest way possible. Additionally, by covering all of the relevant and current social issues in the same place, WiseTo Social Issues provides a complete, one-stop-shop to find information on any and all hot topics.

How the Site Works
Each of the more than 100 main topics includes a wealth of free content, including a definition; summary overview; fast facts; points-of-view essays for each position (e.g. pro, con and neutral); statistics organized into helpful graphs, charts or tables; and current news articles. Users also have the ability to purchase a premium Expert Pass for each of the topics that contains even more in-depth coverage of an issue, including an extended-length overview; additional and extended-length points-of-view essays from experts; more comprehensive statistics; and additional news coverage. Designed with the scholar in mind, the Expert Pass is a student's secret weapon for overachieving on assignments, papers or projects.

In addition, WiseTo Social Issues provides links to Thomson Gale's library advocacy website, AccessMyLibrary (http://www.accessmylibrary.com), through which consumers have full access to the entire suite of Thomson Gale databases their library has licensed on their behalf.

"Too often, information on controversial issues is emotion-driven, rather than fact-driven, and that lack of balanced coverage of important social issues can impede our understanding of them," said John Barnes, senior vice president, Strategic Business Development for Thomson Gale. "As an organization that has always been devoted to providing authoritative reference information to users through their library, we're excited to offer a resource designed to advance insight and knowledge rather than a particular position. We think everyone will benefit from WiseTo Social Issues and the additional extensive information services offered by their local library."

Thomson Gale will continue to add to and update content on the site regularly, as well as additional tools and features. Visit this new service from Thomson Gale today at http://socialissues.wiseto.com and get WiseTo Social Issues!

For more information, contact Vanessa Birch at vanessa.birch(at)thomson.com.

About Thomson Learning and Thomson Gale
Thomson Learning delivers state-of-the-art, tailored learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, reference centers, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. These solutions are delivered through specialized content, applications and services that foster academic excellence, professional development and provide measurable advantage to its customers. Thomson Learning's mission is to shape the future of global learning by delivering consistently better learning solutions for learners, instructors, and institutions. Thomson Gale (http://www.gale.com) serves the world's information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs - from homework help to health questions to business profiles - in a variety of formats - books and eBooks, databases and microfilm.

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