Points of View Reference Center

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, Points of View Reference Center provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills. Points of View Reference Center contains 400 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Each topic 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.

Points of View Reference Center Tutorial

Content includes:

  • More than 1,900 essays
  • 400 topics
  • Leading political magazines from across the political spectrum
  • Newspapers
  • Radio and television news transcripts
  • Reference books
  • Guided analysis research guides
  • Primary source documents
  • Illustrations/Charts in context

Subjects include:

  • Citizens’ rights
  • Earth and environment
  • Global issues
  • Health and medicine
  • Media and communications
  • National debate topics
  • People and society/culture
  • Sports
  • Women’s issues
  • Participation trophies
  • Voter identification laws
  • Later school day start time
  • Religious freedom laws
  • Driverless vehicles
  • Black Lives Matter movement
  • Homework ban policies


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