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Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

A Bellevue University Library Guide

What is Opposing Viewpoints in Context?
Opposing Viewpoints in Context provides resources, including viewpoint essays, primary sources, periodical articles, images, and more, presenting pros and cons of current social issues.

How to access Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Mouse over Find on the library homepage then click on Databases. Now click on the letter O under "Browse by title." If off campus, you will be prompted for your BU login. Once you are logged into one database, you are logged into all of them until you close your browser.

The Homepage

  • The homepage spotlights a topic of current interest and provides an overview. Click on View More to access related information from various sources.and various formats. Resource types might include: viewpoints, statistics, academic journals, magazines, news, videos, audio, images, reference, primary sources,and websites.
  • Beneath the featured topic is a selection of other current topics arranged by category. Clicking on one of these brings up a few resources.with related information, arranged by type of resource. Click on the resource type to see more items.
  • On the right side of the page is a Featured Video and beneath this Featured News from a few selected news sources.

Searching

  • Enter in a keyword or search term into the search box that appears at the top of every page. As you enter a term, topics are suggested, with the topic page appearing in bold.
  • For more options, use the advanced search. This allows you to combine multiple search terms, identify a date range, a document type, and content type.

Browse Issues

  • Click on this option, located right above the main display area of the page, to see a complete list of topics and categories covered. Click on one to go to the topic page. It is arranged in a similar way to the homepage, providing an overview of the topic and a portal to more information, documents, and multimedia arranged by resource type.

Reading an article
When you click on an article or other document, the full text will be displayed. You will have an option to listen to the article, rather than read it. To the right of the article, there are various useful Tools.

  • There are tools that allow you to email, download, print, or save the article..When you save an article, it goes into a temporary folder; click on More to access this folder and see your saved articles. 
  • .Another tool allows you to share this article on various social media sites.
  • The citation tool provides the citation in APA, MLA, or Chicago styles.  However, be sure to check the citation for accuracy as there may be mistakes, especially with capitalization.
  • You can navigate through the article using the Table of Contents tool or research Related Subjects.

More
This is located ion the right side of the banner across the top of the page.Click on it.for additional helpful features., including your search history, saved items, highlights and notes.

Maps
This is located right above the main display area of each page.  Maps are available for many of the topics illustrating distribution or occurrence by state.  Click on Maps and select topics from the rotating banner across the top of the page. This is also a function of the advanced search under Document Type.

Also see Opposing Viewpoints Library Tutorial

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