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, 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

Points of View Reference Center contains 343 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, Points of View Reference Center provides a balance of materials from all viewpoints with 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. The database also offers guides for writing position papers, developing arguments, and debating.

Finally, the database includes access to EBSCO's Curriculum Standards Module, which helps teachers correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to Common Core, state- or province-specific curriculum standards. The module provides browsing of specific benchmarks, many of which have recommended search strings for successful content retrieval.