Find Background Information on your topic in library reference (academic encyclopedias) databases.
Social Issues in America is a great resource for this project! Articles range from ageism to domestic surveillance to voting and xenophobia. Articles are 7 or 8 pages long. Each provides an overview of the issue, a chronology, statistics, and more.
Another great reference source for background information is the Information Plus Reference Series. The topic range is extensive, from Animal Rights to Water: a Global Perspective.
Find background information on your current topics in library databases. When searching, be sure to ask yourself these questions!
Who: Who does this impact? Who is involved?
What: What are the key issues?
When: When is this an issue? What is its history?
Where: Where is this an issue?
Why: Why is this occurring? Why does it matter?
How: How can it be changed?