Points of View

What is it?

  • Points of View Reference Center, powered by EBSCOhost, is a full-text database designed to assist researchers in understanding controversial subjects. Students can use Points of View as a guide to debating, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills.

  • Essays provide questions and materials for further thought and study and are accompanied by thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.

Getting Started

Access Points of View Reference Center through any web browser:

  1. Go to the library’s website and click on the orange Research & Learning button and then on the Articles, Research & Information button.

  2. Click on History & Social Sciences and then on the Points of View link. You will be prompted to log in with your Patron ID # (back of card) and PIN number.

Using Points of View Reference Center

  1. Use Points of View Reference Center by 1) browsing In the News or Categories available on the main page 2) typing in your query in the Basic Search field, or 3) choosing Advanced Search for more options.

  2. Basic Search allows you to enter a word or phrase. Search suggestions will appear as you begin to type your term(s). Advanced Search gives you options to limit your search by factors such as document type. Reference Shelf, on the right-hand side of the page, contains essay outlines and other useful research guides.

  3. Click on an item in your results list to view the record. The record will display the publication information. Click HTML Full text on the left-hand side of the page to begin reading the article.

  4. Use the Tools Menu on the right-hand side of the page to print, email, or save the article. You can also use the Cite feature to create a citation.

  5. In order to use the “Add to Folder” and “Create Note” functions to save information for access at another time, you must register for an account or sign into EBSCOhost with a Google Account by clicking Sign-In at the top of the page.