Thursday, December 07, 2006

Database Spotlight: Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

While this database is perfect for students who need to argue pro or con about a certain social issue, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a fantastic tool to use for all forms of research. Searching on any given topic will yield a multitude of different resources. Like most databases, OVRC offers articles from periodicals and newspapers. However, it also provides access to applicable primary source documents and statistics. You can find all the information you need on a variety of controversial topics, from nuclear weapons to stem cell research and beyond.

OVRC can help you find articles based on your reading level. Each resource is assigned a content level: Basic for students through 8th grade, Intermediate for 7th grade through undergraduate and the general public, and Advanced for those at a scholarly or professional level. If you perform an advanced search, you can even find articles based on your Lexile reading level.

That's not all! You can even browse articles that relate to various CA middle and high school curriculum standards!

Parents and students: you can access this free electronic resource from within our library and also from home with a library card.

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