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Database of the Month: Points of View Reference Center

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Gain a balanced perspective on current events and issues

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, the Points of View Reference Center database provides rich content that can help students realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills. Points of View Reference Center contains 372 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument), and counterpoint (opposing argument). Each topic features a Guide to Critical Analysis which helps the reader evaluate the controversy and enhances students’ ability to read critically, develop their own perspective on the issues, and write or debate an effective argument on the topic.

Content Includes:

  • More than 1,500 main essays
  • Leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum
  • Newspapers
  • Radio & TV news transcripts
  • Reference books
  • Guided Analysis research guides
  • Primary source documents
  • Illustrations/Charts in context

Subjects Include:

  • Citizen's Rights
  • Earth & Environment
  • Global Issues
  • Human Rights
  • Medicine & Ethics
  • National Debate Topics
  • Society/Culture/Arts
  • Substance Abuse

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