Check out the new Chrome Extension (beta) from Gale Cengage for the database Opposing Viewpoints in Action. Many of the classes at my school use this database as jumping off points for students selecting topics for research.
Traditionally, we have directed students to access the database from the Sunset Library webpage bit.ly/sunsetlibrary and I will encourage to continue to do that but the new Chrome extension now displays results from Opposing Viewpoints in Action alongside Google search results.
This is a game changer! We can now teach students the concept of “triangulation” and comparing the credibility of open web results with published articles from essays, academic journals, and reference books.
Here are the directions of how students can install the Chrome extension.
Your students will need to fill out the database credentials listed to authenticate to your District account. Include:
- Library Name
- Gale Library Location Id
- Gale Library Password Id
Note: This only works for Google searches on the Chrome browser (Chromebook, Mac or PC) with Opposing Viewpoints!
I am VERY excited about the possibilities of utilizing this for research and also teaching other information literacy strategies, including source evaluation and advanced Google search techniques.
The extension is in BETA but I heard from the Gale Cengage rep that other databases will be added after a thorough review.