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Homework Help: Opposing Viewpoints In Context

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In a time of “fake news” from anonymously-hosted web sources, it’s important for students and researchers to have access to high-quality, reliable, and objective sources of information. If you follow the media, you’ll know that when it comes to controversial subjects, there is no shortage of opinion in print (books and magazines) and online (websites, social media, etc.). With the recent spate of devastating hurricanes and unseasonably warm fall temperatures in the news, climate change is placed front and center in today’s headlines. When it comes to exploring hot topics like global warming or enduring controversies like capital punishment, Opposing Viewpoints In Context presents each side of an issue, not just one, and helps students develop information literacy, critical thinking skills, and the confidence to draw their own conclusions. 

Content in Opposing Viewpoints in Context comes from recognized sources such as National Review, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and Commentary, and covers current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more. A variety of formats – articles, videos, charts, images and infographics – keeps researchers engaged, and with it’s mobile-friendly, easy-to-navigate interface, students can spend more time getting the information they need and less time learning navigation and tools. Topic pages (Energy and Environmentalism; Health and Medicine,” etc.) pull together overview content, articles, images, and more.

On the debate team? More than 20,000 pro/con viewpoints and 19,000+ reference articles are included, making it a rich resource for debaters. A category on the National Debate Topic provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues.

Whether you’re writing a research paper or looking for support resources for your debate team, Opposing Viewpoints In Context helps students and researchers gather talking points and new perspectives for their arguments.

You can find Opposing Viewpoints In Context on our website’s Research section, in the A-Z list as well as in the Encyclopedias & Reference section. You’ll need your 10-digit library card number to access our research databases. If you don’t have a library card, sign up for one today.

Need more help or not sure where to begin? Email a librarian or call the Adult Reference Desk at (540) 422-8500 ext. 6862. You can also get in-person homework help at the Bealeton library as well as online tutoring in math, science, English and the SAT from Credo. Library closed? Visit our website for more recommended homework help resources.

~ Alison Pruntel, Library Systems Administrator

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