Explore Both Sides of an Issue
Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints supports virtually any curricular need, forming the premier online resource covering today's social issues. This cross-curricular research database supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.
Exclusive Viewpoint pages bring balance and perspective to every controversy using targeted arguments from recognised subject-matter experts and respected journalistic sources, combined with reference articles, interactive maps, and infographics. Some notable titles include The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, and Commentary.
Covering a diverse and extensive range of topics and issues, Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints offers:
- 19,000+ pro/con viewpoints
- 13,000+ topic overviews
- 1,000+ court case overviews
Part of Gale's In Context suite of online resources, Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints offers current and authoritative information to meet the needs of today's learners with a mobile-responsive design that is easy to navigate. Engaging, topical databases seamlessly integrate acclaimed content with curriculum-aligned materials that span core subjects and develop future-ready skills. A similar user experience across all Gale products provides continuity and allows users to spend more time with content and less time learning navigation and tools.
First-year and second-year undergraduate students attending writing courses and English Language Preparation courses find Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC) useful because it has short easy articles that are easier to read compared to articles in other databases. It can also be a source of inspiration as it presents recent controversial issues. The maps and lesson plans are particularly useful. OVIC contains a satisfying number of different kinds of sources e.g. reference, news articles, journal articles etc. so a student can see different types of sources in terms of content on a single page without having to use a lot of databases. It is a good starting point for debatable topics and for beginners who are taking their first steps in research. "We would recommend OVIC especially to other universities/colleges which are in non-English speaking countries."
- Reference Librarians at John S. Bailey Library at DEREE-The American College of Greece
Platform Features & Tools
ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology, and on-demand text translation into 12 languages
Integrated G Suite for Education and Microsoft Office 365 tools enable users to share, save, and download content—including highlights and notes.
Integrated directly into the user’s workflow, formatted citations can be easily imported from single or multiple documents to services like EasyBib or NoodleTools. MLA, APA, and Chicago-style citations are supported.
Reviews & Testimonials
"As a librarian heavily involved in promoting independent learning at KS4 and KS5, I value digital resources that offer not only great content but also make it easy for students to find what they need. From this perspective, the Gale in Context are superior to any other platform available to UK schools. The quantity, quality and diversity of content is superb, ranging from short summary articles to images, ebooks, primary sources and scholarly material. Search results are curated superbly, enabling students (and staff) to quickly work out what's likely to be of most relevance and to filter out what's not. Gale's 'Power Search' function, which visualises links between search terms and topics, is invaluable for helping students find material they might otherwise have missed and understand research as an intellectual process rather than simply a series of mechanical actions. Cross-platform searching and single sign on work seamlessly. Last but not least, Gale have taken accessibility seriously, offering a range of useful features which include text-to-speech, dyslexia-friendly fonts and navigational consistency."
"Our Year 9 students undertake a research project in which they are required to use authoritative sources and references. Teachers have been able to point them to Gale in Context collections and Gale Schools (which covers newspapers, newspaper archives and magazines) for their research, as they are written by subject experts with credible references. I also love demonstrating Gale’s unique Topic Finder tool, which groups search results visually... making it easier for students to find the most relevant results and key words associated with that topic. Read full blog post in out 'Other Resources section above'"