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Social Issues & Argumentative Essays: Opposing Viewpoints in Context

This LibGuide contains a variety of resources to help you locate background information on a variety of social issues and controversies.

Introduction to the Opposing Viewpoints in Context Library Database

The Opposing Viewpoints in Context library database collects a wide variety of resources that are linked to hundreds of U.S. domestic topics. These resources include: magazine, newspaper and journal articles. You will also find excerpts from eBooks providing you with background on a wide variety of topics. Statistics on the various topics and multimedia content are also provided.


Off Campus Library Database Access

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Tips for Searching the Opposing Viewpoints in Context Library Database

When searching for articles by a topic, a phrase or a person's name use quotation marks. Quotation marks will help you to search more effectively by locating an exact match of that searched topic, phrase or person's name in the library database.

For example:

"organic food"

"United States"

Additional search boxes can be used to add additional search terms as needed.

In many of the databases search filters can help you to limit your search by format type. This includes peer reviewed journal articles, magazine, newspaper articles and multi-media.

A timeline if often available as a filter to help you to limit your search by publication date.

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