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Using Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center (OVRC)

Search for Materials on a Current Issue, to find essays, topic overviews, statistics, images, articles, primary documents, and links to websites

  1. Go to the Library Home Page on the World Wide Web: http://www.palomar.edu/library/
  2. Click Articles (near the top of the page)
  3. Under "General Interest," click Opposing Viewpoints.
  4. Click one of the issues on the list.
  5. If the issue you're looking for is not on the list, enter keywords for your topic in the box at the top of the screen.  For more information about searching for a topic in Opposing Viewpoints, or about making a list of your results, click here.

Your Results

When your search produces results from different types of sources, you'll see your results organized into tabs. Tabs group the information you'll find into content areas that contain similar types of documents.

The following tabs are available, although not every tab may contain items, depending on your actual search results. Tabs with no results are "grayed out" and will not work.
 

Tab name What you'll find...
Viewpoints Features full-text essays culled from Greenhaven Press's vast social issues content vault.
Reference Features full-text essays from authoritative reference works selected especially for this database.
Magazines Contains full-text articles from a wide variety of general interest periodicals.
Academic Journals Contains full-text articles from scholarly periodicals.
News Includes full-text articles from newspapers and newswires, updated daily.
Primary Sources Unlike the Reference tab which is made up of secondary sources, this tab contains primary documents.
Statistics Includes statistics, government data, laws and legislation, political positions, public policies and more. When viewing graphs, charts, tables, etc., you'll find a link to display the document as a PDF file. Note that when documents from the other tabs contain statistical data, that data will be available on this tab, as well as from a link within the original document.
Multimedia Contains photographs, maps and line drawings. For each item on this tab, you'll see an icon showing the type of multimedia resource. If enabled by your library, you will be able to perform a Google Image Search to look for additional images from this tab.
Websites Lists websites related to your search term(s). Selecting a citation from the Websites tab will display a document containing the hyperlinked address for the website, along with a brief description of the site. Click the web site address link to view the site. To return to Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, CLOSE the window in which the website appears.
 

You can change the sort order of results using the Sort by pull-down menu.

View Results

Click the item title to view the resource.  All the material you find in Opposing Viewpoints is fully available online (full-text).

Print Results

  1. After the item is displayed, click Print on the top left side of the screen.
  2. The item will be reformatted for printing.  Use the browser print function (at the top of the window find Print listed under File or use the printer icon in the tool bar).

Email Results

  1. After citation or article is displayed, click E-mail on the left side near the top of the screen.
  2. Type your full email address in the box.
  3. Click Send.

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