Get perspective on contentious topics

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010, 9:24 am

Researching a report on animal rights? Writing a paper about the dangers of texting while driving? Preparing a speech on global warming?

With your library card, help is a few clicks away with Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context, an online resource that will assist you in navigating today's hottest social issues. Whether the issue you're researching is capital punishment, immigration, offshore drilling or health care policy, Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps you explore it from all perspectives.

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context offers access to thousands of reference titles, periodical articles, viewpoint essays, primary source documents and topical overviews. You can delve deeper with statistical tables, charts and graphs, biographies of social activists and reformers, court case overviews, images and podcasts that include weekly presidential addresses and premier National Public Radio programs. Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context maintains up-to-date information with new full-text periodical and newspaper articles added daily.

You can use Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context to find what you're looking for in several ways. Use the search bar to search the entire site for a particular issue or narrow your search using the criteria listed. Click the "Issues" tab to browse issues by topic or subject. Select the "Maps" tab and choose an issue from the scrolling list at the top to access statistical information by state. Educators can use the Resources tab to search and find curriculum standards by national and state criteria. There's also an Advanced Search feature that offers the ability to search within specific fields.

The next time you need information on current social issues for a presentation, an assignment or as part of a debate, use your library card to access Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context 24/7 through the library's website.

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