by Karen Soohy
There are lots of viewpoints on world news and social issues. Many times people simply latch onto one opinion they hear without really listening to all points of view. While many newscasts or articles give pertinent information, there may be another side to the story. To find out all sides of the story before making up our minds what stand to take, there is a great resource available free from the State Library of Arizona.
Not only will this information keep the public better informed but this database is also useful to high school and college research projects and debate teams.
This site is called Opposing Viewpoints in Context and presents information on the hottest social issues from around the world. The site has information on these topics from all perspectives including news reports, professional commentaries, and videos and interview from experts.
The site can be accessed from the Greenlee County Library System page (www.greenleelibraries.org). The Statewide Database link is on the left column of the page and is free to the public.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context has five spotlighted topics on the top image carousel that rotate across the page. You can click on them to get more information. These topics are usually the most researched topics on the page at that time or things that are current issues in the news.
You can also browse categories and topics and also search by keyword. There is also a featured video that you can watch by clicking on the title. You can read featured news commentaries in the same way. You can view other videos and news commentaries on the topic pages.
If you enjoy current events and want to be well-informed, then this database is for you.
Did you know that the State Library of Arizona offers hundreds of free e-books about Arizona. Topics range from history to fiction written by Arizona authors or books written that are set in the state. The link to this service is on the left side of the Greenlee County Library page and is called Reading Arizona.
Library Quote: “Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.” ~ Neil Gaiman, children’s author.