Introduction

In this tutorial, you will learn how to find overviews, point, counterpoint, and full-text magazine articles on current issues in Points of View Reference Center (POV) while discovering a variety of search techniques and features to refine your results.

This database is multidisciplinary and contains both scholarly and popular articles as well as primary source documents.

You’ll experience a research scenario that highlights the unique content in Points of View Reference Center (POV).

Use the arrows below to navigate sequentially through the tutorial or use the Contents button above to skip between sections.

Part 1, Locating Current Issue Overviews, Point & Counterpoint Articles on Your Topic

Due to the number of school shootings that have happened, gun control has become a hot topic at your school.  It came up in one of your classroom discussions and your classmates made a number of good points on both sides of the issue.  In response to this discussion, your teacher has organized your classroom into groups to research the topic and become more familiar with all the issues surrounding gun control.  In your group you are assigned the task of locating background information, pro and con essays, magazine and academic journal articles, and primary source documents.  Whew!  Let's get started!

Searching POV, Background Information (Overview)

There are several different ways to search for information on a topic in Points of View Reference Center (POV).  One way you could search is by simply typing in your topic using the basic search bar at the top of your screen.  Another way to search for information is to browse the categories below.  Your topic is gun control.

Let's first try the Browse by Category.

1. Scroll down to the category Crime & Punishment.

2. Click on the More link just below the third topic.

3. You should now see Gun Control in the list.  Click on Gun Control.

You should now see an article that yields useful background information (Overview) on the topic.

Searching POV, Point / Counterpoint Articles

To the right of the Overview, you should see a Related Items column which provides links to additional information such as Point and Counterpoint articles.

1. Click on the link Point: Controlling Gun Culture.

 

What is the main argument in this article?

 

2. Go back to the Overview and click on the link Counterpoint: Gun Control Saves Lives.

 

Which of the following conclusions are true in this article?

Part 2, Locating Magazine & Academic Journal Articles and Primary Source Documents on Your Topic

Now that you've learned how to quickly locate background information (Overview), point and counterpoint articles on your topic, let's take a look at how to find magazine or academic journal articles as well as primary source documents.

Searching POV, Magazine Articles

To quickly locate magazine, academic journal articles, and primary source documents on your topic, let's use the Overview article that you found as our starting point.

To the left of the Overview, you should see a box labeled Related Information which provides links to additional information such as magazine & academic journal articles as well as primary source documents.

1. Click on the link Magazines.

2. You should now see a new page of full-text article results.

 

How many results did you get?

 

You've got hundreds of articles on your topic which is great!  But let's narrow that down to a more manageable and meaningful list.

1. In the Refine Results column on the left-hand side of your screen scroll down to Publication.

2. Click on the Publication link to expand the menu so that you can see your magazine choices (Note: to see all the magazines represented in your search, click on the Show More link in that section).

3. Check the box next to Newsweek.

Your number of results are now reduced considerably but are more targeted.

Let's apply one more refinement.  

1. Under Limit To in the Refine Results column, slide the Publication Date bar to show 2010-2012

Now you should have a list of current Newsweek articles on your topic of gun control.  

To see articles from other magazines, just click on the X next to Newsweek in the Current Search box and select another magazine in the Publication section.

This same process can be repeated to find academic journal articles and primary source documents.  You may have seen these choices earlier when first selecting magazines.

Searching POV, Primary Source Documents

To find the primary source documents, you'll first need to remove the refinements you just made.  

1. In the Current Search box (under Refine Results), click on the X next to MagazinesNewsweek, and Publication Date.

2. Under the Source Types section still within the Refine Results column, you should see a choice for primary source documents (Note: to see more choices including academic journals click on the Show More link in that section).

3. Check the box to primary source documents.

From which publications are these primary source documents provided?

Searching POV, Academic Journal Articles

To find the academic journal articles, you'll first need to remove the refinements you just made.

1. In the Refine Results column, click on the X next to Primary Source Documents.

2. Under the Source Types section still within the Refine Results column, click on the link Show More

3. Check the box to academic journals first and click Update.

You should now see a manageable, targeted list of academic journal article results.

Accessing Full-Text Articles

Now that you've located lots of full-text magazine, academic journal articles and primary source documents, the next step in your assignment is to access and read several articles on your topic.

To access the full-text article, simply click on the links for either PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text in your results list. Once you have the articles open look to see what Tools are available to you (located to the far right on your screen).

You can print, email, or bookmark the article. Additionally, you can see multiple citation formats for the article as well as add it to your folder to save for a later time.

Conclusion

You have completed this tutorial and learned how to find background information (Overview), Point and Counterpoint articles, magazine and academic journal articles, and primary source documents while discovering a few of the search techniques and features to refine your results along the way.

We encourage you to spend some time to try out more features searching for content on topics that interest you.

If you have questions about this tutorial or any one of the ELM databases, please contact us.

 

Quiz

Points of View Reference Center database can be used to find background information, pro/con essays, magazine and journal articles, and primary source documents on current issues.

 

In what section of a Point or Counterpoint article can the main argument of the article be found?

 

Which Refine Results feature targets your list of results to primary source documents?

 

Within the full-text articles you can do which of the following?

 

 

When you've completed the quiz, click the Next arrow below to submit your results and claim your tutorial certificate.

 

Certificate

Please enter your name and email address to retrieve a copy of your completed quiz.

You can enter multiple email addresses separated by commas. If you are doing this for a class, you may need to enter your instructor's email address also.

Feedback

What did you think of this tutorial?