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Find Opposing Views (Pros and Cons): Find Articles & Books

A guide for finding opposing views designed and created by Clark Librarians

Focus Words: The Secret to Finding Opposing Viewpoints

The secret to finding articles on opposite sides of an issue are to include focus words in your search. Focus words are just words will zoom in on specific viewpoints, or look for articles that discuss controversies.

The example shows searching the topic words climate change and the focus word controversy:

screenshot of Academic Search Premier search box showing climate change and controversy

 Use the lists below to find focus words that looks useful for your topic and try them. Be aware that controversial topics are often tied to political opinions or agendas.

Find Articles in Magazines, Journals & Newspapers

Good databases to start with:

Focus Words

advocates
"advocates argue"
"advocates agree"arguments
"arguments against"
"arguments in favor"
combating
contradictions
contradictory
controversy
debate
denial
deny
emerging trends

environmental scan
naysayers
opinions
opposition
opponents
opposing views
opposing viewpoints
politics
sceptics
shifting politics
supreme court
theory

conservative
conservative opinions
evangelical
GOP
political right
republican
right wing

democrat
left wing
liberal
liberal opinions
political left

Find Books

The library has specific books that cover hot topics and pro/con arguments. Search for your topic and one of the series names:

  • Opposing Viewpoints
  • Current Controversies
  • At Issue
  • Taking Sides

your topic (sexuality) and series name ("Opposing Viewpoints") in library catalog search box

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