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Library Resources for CM220

Finding Opposing Viewpoints

Getting Started

To approach the opposing point of view of your topic, you may need to think about what you're looking for with a bit more nuance. For many topics, your opposing viewpoint article won't argue that the issue you've selected is totally invalid or isn't a real issue.  Instead, look for articles with a viewpoint on a specific proposed resolution to an issue or a specific policy related to it.  

For example, let's say you're researching school bullying and during your research, you noticed some articles in search results discussing the failure or insufficiency of school bullying policies. Instead of trying to find articles talking about how school bullying isn't an issue and doesn't exist (which to find a credible source, could be quite difficult), the counter-argument article you choose for the assignment could focus on why or why not a specific policy is effective, like if mandatory school-based bullying education programs are effective or not. 

More on Keywords

Try your searching for an opposing viewpoint in EBSCO Discovery Service or ProQuest Central, our two large multidisciplinary research tools. 

When browsing through the search results, be sure to pay attention to article titles and subject tags. These can help you develop additional keyword searches. 

Some searches could include:

  • school bullying education outcomes
  • school bullying education ineffective interventions
  • school bullying policy intervention failure
  • mandatory school-based bullying education policy problems