Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Yocum's Online Database of the Week: Gale's Opposing Viewpoints in Context

This week's online database is Gale's Opposing Viewpoints in Context where, according to the database web site, you can "discover pro/con perspectives from authoritative voices. 

If you're working on a persuasive topic for an English Composition
essay, a speech for Fundamentals of Speech, or a persuasive  assignment from any other class, you might want to check out this online database for opposing viewpoints on many major controversial issues. 

"Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to marijuana. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes," the database's About Us page explains.

"Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue and help students develop information literacy, critical thinking skills, and the confidence to draw their own valid conclusions."  

This database includes the following resources:
  • More than 20,100 pro/con viewpoints.
  • More than 19,200 reference articles, including topic overviews
  • More than 12,700 charts and graphs, along with other statistical information
  • 300+ profiles of federal agencies and special-interest groups
  • Special coverage of the annual debate topic determined by the National Speech and Debate Association
  • Full-text newspapers and periodicals from multiple perspectives, including National Review, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Commentary, and CNN Wire
Source: Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

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