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Online Resources: Opposing Viewpoints

Learn about the library's online resources: what types of sources they contain, search strategies, and unique features.

About Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints is an online library of current event topics.  It is useful for all majors for finding information on contemporary social issues such as censorship, immigration, stem cell research, terrorism and many more.  The sources in this database allow you to explore the various sides of an issue. 

You can search by keywords in Opposing Viewpoints, but the easiest way to get started is to use the Browse Issues feature.

The contents include:

  • Pro and con viewpoint articles, especially helpful for debate assignments and persuasive essays.
  • Full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers.
  • Statistical tables, charts and graphs.
  • Podcasts, including NPR programs.

Accessing Opposing Viewpoints

Do I have to log in?

If you are using a campus computer or campus WiFi, you should be able to directly access the resource. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to log in using your Single Sign-On username and password. Contact the library if you have any problems accessing the resource.

Searching in Opposing Viewpoints

Basic Search:

Click the “Browse Issues” button to browse the topic list of subjects, OR

You may do a specific search by entering a term(s) in the search box.  A search assist function suggests topics as you type in a search term. Topic pages will appear in bold and italicized.

Advanced Search: This search allows you to search in multiple fields, like article title, subject, author, or company name. Add rows to your search to make it as specific as you want. You can also limit this type of search by document type, date, and source type.

 

Learn the basics about how to navigate Opposing Viewpoints by watching Gale's video:

Search Results

When you conduct a search, in the top-right section of your results page (titled Everything), you'll find a breakdown of all of the types of resources the search found and the number of each type of resource. Click on a resource type (e.g. Academic Journals) to go directly to those resources. 

Scroll through the center section of the page to view each of the titles your search returned, grouped by type.  In addition to the title, the source (e.g. NPR Morning Edition) and date of each item are also listed.  Dates can be very important if you're looking for the most recent information on your topic.

If you select a topic from the Browse Issues list, you will be taken to the topic page for the selected issue (see below).

 

Topic Pages

When you select a topic from the Browse Issues list, you will be directed to the topic page. Topic pages include an overview article on the topic and links to relevant resources about the issue.

You can connect to many of these types of resources from a topic page:

  • Position essays (Viewpoints)
  • News stories
  • Academic journals
  • Videos
  • Podcasts (audio)
  • Websites
  • Related topics
  • Reference materials

Using Opposing Viewpoints: Finding and Narrowing a Topic

Opposing Viewpoints is also a good place to start your research or to find a topic.

 

This video will help you narrow your topic and select sources.

 

Citing in Opposing Viewpoints

At the bottom of the entries in Opposing Viewpoints, there is a citation--HOWEVER, the citation is in MLA format.  DO NOT use this citation.  To get an APA citation from Opposing Viewpoints, you need to use the Citation Tools button (shown below), found at the top of the Tools menu on the right side of the page.

In the window that appears, you need to select "APA Sixth Edition" from the drop-down box.  You will still need to double-check with either a style guide, your professor, or a librarian that the citation is correct (capitalization is often wrong).

Please contact a librarian if you have questions about citing properly in APA format.  You can also visit the library's APA Citation guide page.

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