Library resources help students join the debate

Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 8:59 am

School is back in session. Ready or not, it's time to start researching that project, speech or report.

Whether you know what issue you want to explore or are in need of a topic for that looming deadline, Worthington Libraries has you covered with 24x7 access to two excellent research databases covering social issues.

With resources that present multiple sides of an issue, Points of View from EBSCOhost helps students develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop critical analytical thinking skills. Providing a balance of materials from multiple viewpoints, Points of View includes essays, magazine articles from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books.

Each topic includes an overview providing objective background information and a detailed description of the selected topic and point and counter point arguments as well as guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating. You can browse or search topics by category, or click on a trending news topic to explore further. Students can even take it one step further by interacting with one other on the Points of View Debate Blog, a forum allowing students to interact by commenting with their opinions and ideas about newsworthy issues.

Gale's Opposing Viewpoints also provides extensive information on social issues, offering access to viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites and full-text magazine and newspaper articles. Students can use Opposing Viewpoints to research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

Of particular interest is the Maps feature, which allows you to browse and compare statistics by state on issues such as maximum jail time, animal cruelty and vaccinations. Educators working on lesson plans will appreciate the Curriculum Standards section with state and National standards for middle and high school grades.

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