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Opposing Viewpoints Database: Opposing Viewpoints Database

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About Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a database that draws on acclaimed the social issues series published by Greenhaven Press as well as core reference content from other Gale(TM) and Macmillan Reference USA an other authoritative sources to provide a complete one-stop source for information on social issues. This database provides access to viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, images, links to Web sites and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

Screen shot of the Opposing Viewpoints database screen.

Coverage: 6,600+ viewpoint articles; statistics; biographies; court cases; primary docs
Years: dates vary
Topics: Current social issues including: gun control, genetic engineering, censorship, endangered species and terrorism.
Scholarly Articles? No
Fulltext Articles? Yes
Persistent Article Links? Unavailable
Vendor/Publisher: Gale

The Reports

Like other report databases Opposing Viewpoints is arranged by topic. When you do a search you will likely see a broad topic, with related subtopics (Child--> Welfare or Labor or Care). All topics/sub-topics have a report associated with it. They are all based on a common structure, and have the same organization, sections, and related information.

Opposing Viewpoints

The opening section of every report introduces the issue under consideration and includes background on the issue including things like:

"Child welfare can be measured in many ways. Some of the factors commonly considered are whether children have enough to eat and a safe place to live, receive adequate health care and education, and are free from poverty, abuse, and exploitation."

The main topic reports provide additional perspectives. The "Viewpoints" section brings together statements from representatives of opposing positions on the issue. In addition there are "Academic Journals" that offer peer-reviewed research on the topic, "Primary Sources" that offer first hand knowledge of the situation, and media like audio and video! To jump to a particular section (click on one of those headings at the side of the screen).