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Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking provides instant access to some of the best sources and information available on today's conversation-sparking and sometimes controversial topics. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking organizes thousands of Viewpoint and reference articles, statistics, newspaper and magazine articles, images, primary source documents, and Web sites by source type so students can easily navigate through the content and reach their own conclusions. Between the fresh, smart interface and a database loaded with the latest and greatest information on today's social hot bed topics, students will find what they're looking for fast so they can spend more time developing their critical-thinking skills.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking 's student-friendly interface eliminates countless hours of unrewarding research and emphasizes what matters most: results. The intuitive search functionality allows students to perform any number of searches easily from one screen, and lets them easily narrow or broaden their searches as their research dictates.

This search allows students to choose a topic from a predetermined alphabetical list of the 250 most-studied topics. If a student knows what subject or curriculum area they wish to search, topics are also displayed in subject groupings: Crime, Economics, Government, Health, Science, Society, Teen Issues and World Affairs.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking's default search appears on the main page and requires students to simply click on a desired topic from the subject list. Returned results are organized by source type. A related subject search guide allows students to broaden or narrow their searches as well as visit links to related subjects.

At the top of each page is a basic search field and drop-down box allowing students to perform a search by subject, keyword or full-text. Specialized searches are ideal for eliminating extraneous subject matter and for building a wider perspective on a topic.

Honing in on a specific subject is simple with Opposing Viewpoint Resource Center: Critical Thinking's "Advanced Search." Students can enter up to three keywords/phrases and combine then using Boolean search limiters. Searches can be further limited by publication dates and document types.

Search Results
A successful search returns a list of citations organized by tabs into source type. Citations to articles, statistics, images and Web sites are displayed in document title order, while magazines and newspapers are displayed in reverse chronological order. With the new tab navigation, students can quickly access any number of results from different types of sources with a click or two.

A summary of the search that produced the citation list is displayed near the top of the page. Just below is an indication of which citations are on the current page out of the total number. The navigation icons on either side (repeated at the bottom of each page) allow students to access any page of results at any time or proceed to the first or last page with just a click.

In every search except the Critical Thinking Search, certain results display the Critical Thinking “Gear Head.” These results are specially selected results that address the 21 st Century skills being taught in classrooms across the country. This full-text result gives the researcher “Questions to Think About,” “Critical Thinking Features” and an mp3 version of the result article that students can listen to. The “Gear Head” results allow users to customize their learning to what best suits their needs.

When the student performs a Critical Thinking Search, only three “Gear Head” result articles are returned: an overview, a “pro” article and a con “article.” These results have been chosen as the best of the best on this topic. The results also contain the “Questions to Think About,” “Critical Thinking Features” and an mp3 version of the result article.