Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a database focusing on controversial or contemporary social issues. The database provides position papers written by experts, background information on topics, articles from traditional and online sources relating to the topic, statistics, and much more. Resources are organized by type and can provide an excellent overview and context for a wide range of topics. Some general tips:
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Opposing Viewpoints includes a number of categories of information within each issue.
Featured Viewpoints: Highlights some of the most popular or noteworthy Viewpoints papers (see below).
Academic Journals: An article from an academic journal written for a knowledgeable audience by an expert.
Viewpoints: Essays that express a particular point of view, pro or con. These are not usually journal or magazine articles, but are rather position papers written by an expert.
Primary Sources: First-hand accounts of the event, practices, or conditions.
Reference: Articles from specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries or other sources that provides background information or an overview of related topics.
Images, Video, and Audio: Provides multimedia content on the topic from news sources, documentaries, radio, podcasts, etc.
News: An article from a news source such as a newspaper, news wires, etc.
Magazines: An article from a magazine written for a general audience by a journalist.
Statistics: Raw data, charts, and/or graphs about the topic.
Websites: Reliable websites selected by Opposing Viewpoints professionals relating to the topic.
Related Topics: Links to other Opposing Viewpoints materials that relate to the current topic.