[00:00:05.430]Hi! I have to write a paper.
We have to choose an issue that's important to us
and write eight pages on it.
I'm not sure where to start.
[00:00:13.880]Well, let's start by looking
at a few e-resources on the library website.
Let's try this resource called
Opposing Viewpoints In Context.
It's made up of books, magazines,
newspapers and journal articles,
also images and videos.
Let's take a closer look.
Here you'll find featured issues, video, news,
and issues or topics organized by category.
If you're not sure what to write about
try browsing the issues found here.
Click Browse Issues to see all of the options.
[00:00:44.790]There's a lot here.
[00:00:46.440]You can narrow this list.
Select a category from the pull-down menu.
Anything look interesting?
[00:00:54.590]How about family issues?
How about child labor?
Everyone hates child labor.
[00:01:02.580]So here's the topic page
on child labor, with an overview of the issue
and lots of articles on the issue.
First let's look at the featured viewpoints.
These are some of the best articles on the topic.
If you don't find anything interesting there,
you might also try looking
at the other viewpoints articles.
Notice that the article starts out
talking about how many people in America
don't know about the child labor problem.
I don't know a lot about it.
[00:01:27.760]Let's take a closer look.
Use the table of contents to jump
to sections of the article.
The article says that most countries now have laws
prohibiting work by children under a certain age.
[00:01:39.740]Yes, child labor is a problem.
But I'm not sure I want to write about that.
[00:01:44.450]Well, let's try browsing the issues again.
Remember you can narrow the list
by selecting a category from the pull-down menu.
There is something on vegetarianism.
[00:01:59.870]If you want a basic introduction
to the topic, a good place to start
is the paragraph at the top of the page.
Let's also look at a few articles
in the Reference section.
These articles come from an encyclopedia.
[00:02:12.690]Yes, something like Wikipedia.
[00:02:15.400]But my teacher said I shouldn't use Wikipedia.
However, unlike Wikipedia, these articles
were written by experts.
Not everyone can just write them.
Let's take a look at the article.
[00:02:28.160]I didn't know there were
environmental issues to vegetarianism
but now that I think about it, of course.
The article says that the livestock industry
is a major cause of air pollution, soil erosion,
water pollution, and acid rain.
This is all interesting,
but I'm also interested in animal rights.
I wonder if there's a connection.
[00:02:50.470]Well, each article includes
a link to related subjects.
Try one of these related subjects.
You might find a connection there.
Look, there's a viewpoint article
on treating animals on factory farms humanely.
[00:03:05.200]This is great!
[00:03:06.660]You know, I think you may have your topic.
Remember that browsing issues or topics
in resources like In Context is a good place to start
when you need to find a research topic.
Since all of the In Context resources
work the same way, you'll find the same features
I've just shown you.
Good luck on your paper!