Canadian Points of View Reference Centre

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Gain a balanced perspective on current events and issues

Containing resources that present multiple sides of a current issue—including information on key topics of interest to Canadian researchers—this database provides rich content that can help students realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.

Resources for Critical Analysis

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre contains 150 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.

Available in its own user-friendly interface or via EBSCOhost, Canadian Points of View Reference Centre provides a balance of materials from all viewpoints, including main essays, leading political magazines, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents, reference books, and a series of titles from World Public Opinion. The database also offers guides to developing arguments, writing position papers, and debating. Additionally, this database contains the Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century, providing students with a searchable collection of some of the most important social, political, and cultural moments of the 20th century.

School Curriculum Support

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre provides access to EBSCO's Curriculum Standards Module, which helps K-12 educators correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to province-specific curriculum standards. The module provides browsing of specific benchmarks, many of which have recommended search strings for successful content retrieval.

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre also features alternative content delivery options to support Individual Education Plans, such as Text-to-Speech for HTML articles. In addition, the database includes rich multimedia content, student research guides, and citation help.