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Assisted Suicide Charts and Graphs document sample
Assisted Suicide Charts and Graphs document sample
Databases you should know: Opposing Viewpoints Introduction This database, from Thomson Gale, presents information on controversial issues, social issues and hot topics. It contains more than 8,700 pro and con viewpoint articles. A few of the topics covered include: Abortion Terrorism Pornography Animal Rights Capital Punishment Illegal Immigrants Assisted Suicide Drug Abuse Islamic Fundamentalism Gun Control Homosexuality Social Security Information in this database comes from: · Almost 5,000 statistical tables/charts/graphs · Over 4,000 topic overviews that provide context for the issues · 2,000 links to appropriate Web sites · Articles from over 130 fulltext periodicals and newspapers · Podcasts and transcripts from National Public Radio, White House and others Who should be using this Database? th th · Students from 6 grade to 12 grade to college students · Anyone wanting to explore and understand controversial issues To search this database: 1. Start at the SnoIsle Libraries home page: www.snoisle.org 2. Click “Research Tools” 3. Click “Databases, Web Sites, Research Ebooks” 4. Scroll down to “Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center” and click on it. Sample Search The opening page is shown below: 1. List of Topics. If you don’t see your topic try to think of related terms. 2. If you don’t find your topic or related terms then type your topic in the BasicSearch Box, on the left. Four high school seniors need varying points of view on climate change to present to their class. The teacher requires reference materials, magazine and newspaper articles, and academic journals. They will earn extra credit if they include actual recordings of radio or TV news programs for their presentation. “Climate Change” is not listed in the Popular Topics List but a related term is: “Global Warming”. Click on “Global Warming”, the results are shown below. Listings under the Viewpoints Tab for Global Warming: An arrow points to nine colored tabs. By clicking on each tab, you are given a new list of articles. We are currently looking at a list of 117 items under the Viewpoints Tab. If we were to click on the “Academic Journals Tab” we would see a list of 60 articles from peerreviewed and scientific journals on global warming. nd A 2 arrow points to the “Sort by” box, which shows that our articles are sorted by relevance, which is the default sort. If you click on the downarrow you would be able to sort the list by other criteria, for example by date of the article. Click on the “Multimedia Tab”. Results are listed below: Listings under the Multimedia Tab for Global Warming: There are 184 items listed under the “Multimedia Tab” (currently listed by relevance). Most of the items are from news shows produced by National Public Radio (NPR), such as “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered”, however there are a few other programs, including the “Presidential Weekly Radio Address”. st Not all 184 items on this list have the actual podcast. The 1 article, shown above, contains the written nd transcript plus the podcast, the 2 article only has the written transcript. By clicking on the title for Number 1 you will be taken to the NPR webpage where you can listen to the story. Searching Tips 1. It is important to remember that not every topic will have articles/information listed under all nine tabs. The tabs that do not have information listed will be ‘grayed out’. Viewpoints Reference Magazines Academic Journals Websites News Statistics Multimedia Primary Sources 2. Using the AdvancedSearch tab will take you to a page that allows many more options to search under. You can be much more precise in what you look for. Questions to Practice 1. Student would like information discussing alternative or renewable energy. 2. Student would like to research problems concerning white supremacy groups. 3. Patron heard a story on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and would like to have the written transcript. She knows she could always purchase it from NPR, however, she hopes we can get her a copy. The story was about the possibility of a pardon for Scooter Libby. (Hint Scooter’s first name is Lewis). Look for the answers to these questions in the next issue of Reference@SnoIsle. Answers to Practice Questions from Opposing Viewpoints. 1. Student would like information discussing alternative or renewable energy. 1. Scroll down the list of Popular Topics looking for “Alternative Energy”. Since that phrase is not listed check to see if there is one for “Renewable Energy”. 2. Click on it and you will be taken to many articles explaining the pros and cons. 2. Student would like to research problems concerning white supremacy groups. Scrolling down the list of Popular Topics you find “Hate Crimes” and “Racism”. These links would provide you with some information so they are worth looking at, however, patron needs information dealing specifically with white supremacy groups. 1. Type white supremacy in the BasicSearch Box. 2. Keep “Subject” as the default. 3. Click Search. 3. Patron heard a story on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and would like to have the written transcript. She knows she could always purchase it from NPR, however, she hopes we can get her a copy. The story was about the possibility of a pardon for Scooter Libby. (Hint Scooter’s first name is Lewis). 1. Click “Advanced” to get the Advanced Search Screen, which has a multitude of options. 2. Type pardon in the box next to “Keyword(ke)” 3. Click on the downarrow of the box that says” Document Title”. Choose: Subject(su) 4. Type libby, lewis in the box directly to the right. 5. Scroll down to the section: “by content type” 6. Place a check in the box next to Multimedia 7. Click the searchButton.
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