Points of View

Points of View Reference Center
Points of View

What is Points of View Reference Center?

Points of View a database designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. This database contains resources that present multiple sides of an issue, Points of View Reference Center provides rich content that can help students realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.  Each Points of View Essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.

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The database covers over 400 topics, with articles presenting:

  • Overview (objective background/description)

  • Point (or argument)

  • Counterpoint (opposing argument or alternate perspective)

  • Guide to Critical Analysis(helps students evaluate controversial topics and develop their own perspectives)

  • Related information, including articles and images

For educators:

The content in Points of View Reference Center supports curriculum standards that ask students to analyze informational texts and hone their critical thinking skills. In addition, the database includes the following features and benefits:

  • Reading level indicators (Lexile® Measures) to provide educators with an estimate of the search result’s reading difficulty and the approximate grade level reading ability required for comprehension

  • Text-to-Speech for HTML articles to help struggling readers and those learning English

  • Rich multimedia to enhance content delivery and increase student engagement

  • Curriculum Standards Module to help educators correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to Common Core, state- or province-specific curriculum standards

Available for use on

Any computer, tablet or phone with internet and browser capabilities.  There is currently no app for this product. 

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