Monday, October 03, 2011

Research Controversial Paper Topics with Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues from all perspectives, from offshore drilling to climate change, health care to immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze, and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations, and more.

  • Click on the Databases link from the Birmingham Public Library homepage
  • Scroll through Database Quick Links to find Opposing Viewpoints
  • Use the Opposing Viewpoints database to read thoughtful essays, both pro and con on any topic in the news (there are also links to newspaper, magazine, and reference articles to help you form your own opinions). You can click on any of the subject specific databases to find even more information.

It’s like a treasure hunt and you’re on the trail of the best and most current information available anywhere. The databases also give you the correct ways to cite your references according to the style manual your teacher requires. Best of all, you know if you connect through a database from the BPL website, information professionals have authenticated the site and the information available through it. No more scatter-shot Google searches for you—your library card gives you a direct link to the information you need.

It’s free for Jefferson County residents, and if you need help librarians are only a phone call away. What are you waiting for? (We’re a big help, but that paper’s not going to write itself!)

Submitted by Kelly Laney, Springville Road Regional Library

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