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 assess 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 450 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, Points of View Reference Center provides a balance of materials from all viewpoints with more than 1,700 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 related images and supplementary research guides for writing position papers, developing arguments, and debating.

Curriculum Support

The content in Points of View Reference Center supports curriculum standards that ask students to analyze informational texts and hone their critical thinking skills. In addition, the database includes the following features and benefits:

  • Reading level indicators (Lexile® Measures) to provide educators with an estimate of the search result’s reading difficulty and the approximate grade level reading ability required for comprehension
  • Text-to-Speech for HTML articles to help struggling readers and those learning English
  • Rich multimedia content to enhance content delivery and increase student engagement
  • Curriculum Standards Module to help educators correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to Common Core, state- or province-specific curriculum standards