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Guide to Agriculture Research in the Cal Poly Library: covers Animal Science, Agribusiness & Food Industry Management, Agricultural Education, Food Science, Human Nutrition and Plant Science.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Agriculture)

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Don't miss the  CQ Researcher Links in the box belowThe Opposing Viewpoints in Context database has opposing opinion essays (which they call "Viewpoints"), articles, and reference materials on various controversial issues, including some of interest to Agriculture.


Broad subject areas (or "Issues") include:

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As you explore a particular "Issue" in the database, be sure to click on the "number" links to see more materials. Each source box has a number link but the link is easy to miss!

There are different source boxes for "Academic Journals", "Reference", "Statistics", "News", "Magazines", etc.

screenshot from opposing viewpoints

You can also search for other, more specific topics. Examples:

If these links don't work, start up Opposing Viewpoints to do the search yourself.

opposing viewpoints screen shot - search options

Searches are often very broad; look to the right after doing a search for ways to limit the search.

Citing Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Citation tools link

When you are looking at a single document in Opposing Viewpoints, click on the "Citation Tools" link on the right side of the screen to get formatted citations of the document in MLA or APA formats.

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher  has in depth reports on controversial issues.  They often have a "Pro" vs "Con" section for hot topics;  Some recent reports:

You can also browse through their topic listings: AgricultureWater Resources.  Be sure to pay attention to the the dates of the reports, as some of them are quite old.