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Points of View Reference Source

Using Points of View Reference Source

Points of View Reference Source

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, Points of View Reference Source provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills. This resource covers 568 topics, each with an Overview, Point and Counterpoint articles, and a Guide to Critical Analysis. Click for all topics covered.

Resources for Critical Analysis

Points of View Reference Source covers hundreds of topics, each with an Overview (objective background/description), Point (argument), and Counterpoint (opposing argument).

Each topic also 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.

Newest Topics Include:

  • Abortion (updated for 2024)
  • AI-Generated Art
  • Censorship and Democracy
  • Classified Documents
  • Electoral Reform
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Free College Tuition
  • Israel & the Palestinians
  • Political Rhetoric
  • Remote Learning
  • Supply Chain
  • Title IX
  • Ukraine

Points of View Reference Source provides a balance of materials from all viewpoints with:

  • Leading political magazines from across the political spectrum
  • Newspapers
  • Radio and television news transcripts
  • Primary source documents
  • Reference books

The database also offers related images and supplementary research guides for writing position papers, developing arguments, and debating.


Searching Points of View Reference Center

From the Points of View Reference Center Homepage, you can perform a basic or advanced search using the search bar. 


You can also scroll down on the page to see some topics trending in the news. 

The full list of topics can be found further down the page as shown in the images below.

Once you complete your search or click one of the highlighted topics, a new page will open with your results. There are several things to note on this page which correspond to the arrows in the image below.

  1. The page displays in html, but you can click the Full Text PDF link to view it in a reader and download it from there.
  2. In the Related Information box, you can click the links to be taken to specific resources for your chosen topic (points of view, magazines, newspapers, books, radio/tv transcripts, academic journals, etc).
  3. Other related items can be found here including the counterpoint argument, as well as videos and audio to listen to on your topic.
  4. The Tools bar on the right side of the page allows you to add your document directly to your Google Drive, print, email, export and see #5 for more.
  5. The citation tool is very useful for ensuring your citation is formatted correctly for the style your professor prefers for your project or course. You can see an additional image of the tool below.

Citation tool:

About this Guide

Information for this guide provided compliments of EBSCO.

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