Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2019     Views: 1021

"Opposing Viewpoints In Context" contains "Topic Pages" and "Maps" on popular and current social issues, and viewing the lists of topics can be helpful as you decide on a topic for your assignment.

You can find Opposing Viewpoints In Context on the A-Z Database List under "Quick Links" on our library homepage:

  1. Choose "O" from the alphabet near the top/middle of the page 
  2. Find "Opposing Viewpoints In Context" on the alphabetical list of databases available there.

To browse topics:

  1. From the Opposing Viewpoints In Context homepage, click on the "Browse Issues" link located near the top of the page under the database title.
  2. This will bring up the complete list of Topic Pages.
  3. Use the drop down menu at the top of the list to narrow the list by category.

Browsing through the list of Topic Pages can help you identify a general area of interest for your assignment. Click on a Topic Page to go to the individual page, and viewing the articles and resources there may help you refine your topic choice.

You can also view the Map portal list for help in choosing a topic:

  1. Next to the "Browse Issues" link under the database title on the Opposing Viewpoints In Context homepage, click on the Maps link.
  2. You can scroll through the list of Maps at the top of the page, and clicking on one of interest will open it in the center of the page.

Check out this video for more information on using Opposing Viewpoints In Context to choose research topics.

For more information on choosing a topic, see the Choosing a Topic & Developing a Research Question portion of our Getting Started with Research@Shapiro Library research guide.

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