Canadian Points of View Reference Centre

Containing resources that present multiple sides of a current issue — including information on key topics of interest to Canadian researchers — this database helps students develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

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At a Glance

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Subject Area: News & Events
Ideal For: Public LibrariesCanada Schools

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Coverage: Excel | HTML

Content Includes

  • More than 820 main essays
  • 270 topics
  • Thousands of images
  • Video encyclopedia of the 20th century

Subjects Include

  • Aboriginal people
  • Citizens' rights
  • Environment 
  • Global issues
  • Health and medicine
  • Media
  • Social issues
  • Technology
  • Women's issues

Newest Topics:

  • Cultural appropriation
  • Electoral reform
  • Fake news
  • Predator culls
  • Sexual harassment
  • Speculation tax

The deepest learning happens when students are discussing and engaging with each other using the language of the topic, using the evidence to defend their points.

— Erin Dunn-Keefe, Literacy Coach
South Shore Regional School Board

Resources for Critical Analysis

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre covers over 200 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Each topic features a Guide to Critical Analysis which helps the reader evaluate the controversy and enhances students’ ability to read critically, develop their own perspective on the issues and write or debate an effective argument on the topic.

Available in its own user-friendly interface, Canadian Points of View Reference Centre provides a balance of materials from all viewpoints, including main essays, leading political magazines, newspapers, radio and television news transcripts, primary source documents, reference books and a series of titles from World Public Opinion. The database also offers guides to developing arguments, writing position papers and debating. Additionally, this database contains a video encyclopedia of the 20th century, providing students with a searchable collection of some of the most important social, political, and cultural moments of the 20th century.

School Curriculum Support

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre provides access to EBSCO's Curriculum Standards Module, which helps K-12 educators correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to province-specific curriculum standards. The module provides browsing of specific benchmarks, many of which have recommended search strings for successful content retrieval.

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre also features alternative content delivery options to support Individual Education Plans, such as text-to-speech for HTML articles. In addition, the database includes rich multimedia content, student research guides and citation help.