Opposing Viewpoints in Context

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Guide Instructions

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In this guide, you will learn about Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OViC), a database available through the GSU Library.  This database contains a variety of resource types related to topics of current interest.


Guide Instructions

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The guide is interactive and you will be able to search this specific database with the screen to the right.

When you need to take control of the search, you'll see the picture below.

Guide Instructions

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What you will learn

After completing this guide, you will be able to use Opposing Viewpoints in Context to:

  • Browse to topics of current interest
  • Identify resource types on topic pages
  • Find an essay written for this publisher
  • Use a keyword in the search interface
  • Generate a citation for an item

Guide Instructions

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There will be questions during the tutorial that you will be able to check to see if you answered correctly.

At the end of the tutorial there will be a short final quiz. A passing score is 80% (4 out of 5 questions correct).

If you're using this tutorial as part of a GSU class, a completion certificate will be sent to your  instructor to verify that you have completed the quiz with a passing score.  You can also print it out for yourself.

About OViC

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As with all other subscription databases, to use OViC from off-campus, you will need to enter your GSU credentials. (Same as you use to access iCollege.)

OViC is a database where some of the research is done for you. Unlike Google and other search engines, human information experts gather resources into topic pages, which are easy to browse.

About OViC

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One way to find information in OViC is by browsing categories. Eight categories appear to the right:  Business and Economics, Energy and Environmentalism, etc. For each of the eight topic categories, only topics are displayed, but clicking the "View All" link will show you many more topics.

Panther Your Turn

Where do you guess you'd find a topic page on Junk Food?

Open that category to see if the page is there. Will the page be in any other category? Try to find it.

Is the topic page Junk Food in more than one category?

Note: To return to the OViC homepage, use your browser navigation arrows or click on the database logo.

About OViC

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If you don't want to guess categories, it's possible to see all 200+ topic pages in an alphabetical list by clicking the Browse Issues link in the top banner.  You might need to think of alternate titles for a page such as Capital Punishment rather than Death Penalty.


Browse Issues is a wonderful place to look for ideas if you haven't yet chosen a topic for your research.


About OViC

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Panther Your Turn

Click on the "Browse Issues" link.

Do you see Junk Food toward the top of the second column?

Open the Junk Food topic page and look at it.

 Each topic page has a brief introduction and a variety of other source types. Browse through the sources on the Junk Food page.

Which of these information types is NOT included on the Junk Food topic page?


Viewpoint Essays

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A unique resource of this database is  pro and con essays, most of which were published in books by the publisher (Gale).  Essays included represent more than one perspective, allowing you to learn various sides of an issue.


Each essay models how to write an argument to support a thesis. You can use the author's thoughts to support points in your own writing. Most viewpoint essays also have references to other information sources which might be helpful to you.

Viewpoint Essays

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Panther Your Turn

On the Junk Food page, click "Featured Viewpoints" to see all six essays. Open the one titled "Banning Junk Food in Schools Is Not Effective" by John Metallo. 

What are Mr. Metallo's qualifications to write on this topic.



Viewpoint Essays

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 While you have Mr. Metallo's essay open, look at the tools in the right hand column. OViC will display a machine-generated citation for the source you have open. Select the style you need, view the citation, and answer the following question.

Is the citation ready to go on your Works Cited page?

 Now return to the OViC homepage by using your browser back button or clicking on the logo.


Keyword Searching

If there is not a topic page or you want to search for very specific words, use the search box at the top of the homepage. Basic and advanced searches are available. The results include viewpoint essays, articles from magazines, journals, newspapers, and more! The database gives you everything available containing the search words.

Type in the phrase "health foods." (The quotation marks bind those keywords together.)


Notice that the results are in a list rather than in blocks as on a topic page.


Where to Find OViC

Now that you know the name of this fabulous database, you can find it from the GSU Library homepage <library.gsu.edu> in Databases by Name A-Z under "O." (See below.)

Database Index O

Almost Done!

Congratulations, you completed the tutorial!


The next screen is the final quiz.


  • You won't see your score until AFTER you complete the quiz and enter your contact information.


  • You won't be able to change your answers after you submit your quiz.


  • Your instructor will also be sent a copy of your score.


We hope that this guide was a helpful introduction to Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

If you need further information GSU Librarians are available to assist you with your research. Ask a librarian for help!


Current as of: 5/24/17


Where do you find Opposing Viewpoints in Context?

Where must you click to see all 200+ topic pages available in OViC in one list?

Pro/con essays, usually reprints from a published book from Gale, are named ___________.

True of False:  The results from a keyword search will only be from published viewpoint essays.

When will the citation tool be displayed?

Please enter your first and last name, along with your email address to retrieve a copy of your completed quiz. A copy will also be automatically sent to the class instructor.

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