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UC MERCED LIBRARY TUTORIALS
Using Opposing Viewpoints in Context
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This tutorial will show you how to access and use Opposing Viewpoints in Context, a great database for finding information on political and social issues.
Use the active webpage on your right to complete the tutorial.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is one of many databases available through the library's webpage. To navigate to Opposing Viewpoints:
Click on Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale).
The Opposing Viewpoints homepage gives you the option to browse or search for information on your topic.
Let's say you are interested in researching about the growing use of digital currency.
At this topic page for Digital Currency, look at the On This Page box for links to available content types.
What is relevance?
Take a few minutes to click on some of these links to see all the many types of information sources available for your research!
Let's return to the homepage of Opposing Viewpoints.
You can also search, not just browse, in Opposing Viewpoints.
As you type, you will see suggested terms in the drop down menu.
Various sources will appear. They are organized by Content Types which we just explored on the Digital Currency topic page.
You can Filter Your Results using the options at the right such as Date Published or Document Type.
Let's return to the Digital Currency topic page.
Most databases have tools to assist you with your research. Here are some tools you can use in Opposing Viewpoints.
Take a few minutes to try out these time-saving tools!
Opposing Viewpoints has many other great tools that can make researching easier.
From an article page, you can:
Translate the article into another language.
Listen to an article as you read. The audio may take a few seconds to load before starting.
Multimedia sources include:
Take a few minutes to explore these multimedia sources!
This concludes the Using Opposing Viewpoints in Context tutorial. Now that you've finished:
What is your faculty instructor's name?
What are some benefits to using items from the Featured Viewpoints category?
Which of these handy tools are available in Opposing Viewpoints in Context?
Which of these multimedia sources are NOT available in Opposing Viewpoints in Context?
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