Opposing Viewpoints In Context is an excellent place to research important and controversial issues such as capital punishment, immigration, marijuana reform, gun control, augmented reality, workforce concerns and dozens of other topics. New subjects are introduced and older ones updated on a regular basis as well. It is ideal for use in preparing persuasive/argumentative essays for your English 1111 class.
There are several different ways to search for information in Opposing Viewpoints. The video to the right and the information below introduce you to one of easiest ways to search for information, especially if you are not yet sure what you want to write about. It's always easier to write about a topic in which you are interested, so keep that in mind as you choose. You will find it helpful to review the information on the Scholarly, Popular or Trade? tab before viewing the video.
Please note that you will need your library barcode number to access this database if you are not on a Clark State Campus. The number is on the back of your Clark State student ID card and starts with 2512.... If you do not have an ID card, please contact the Library and we will send your barcode number to your Clark State student email.
Once you are in Opposing Viewpoints, the simplest path to finding a topic is to click "Browse Issues" and look through the extensive list of subjects to find one you are interested in researching and then click on the topic name. Note: new sources are always added to each topic, however issues that have had extensive updating are labeled as "updated." Topics new to the database are indicated as "new," and because they are newly added may list fewer sources than others in the database.
When you have chosen a topic you should look on that page for the following information:
The video in the box on the right shows you where to find pre-formatted MLA 8th edition and APA 6th edition citations for use in creating a bibliography/works cited page for your paper. The video also demonstrates use of the On This Page feature which allows you to jump directly to the type of source you need: viewpoint, academic, magazines, etc.
There are many other information sources in this database and several more advanced methods of searching Opposing Viewpoints. You'll learn about some of these when you take English 1112, but in the meantime please contact the staff at the Clark State Library if you are not finding any information for your paper. You can also talk with us if you are not finding your desired topic--we can often help you find the correct terminology. Contact information is listed at the bottom of this page.