New Chrome extension for Opposing Viewpoints in Action

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.

 Happy Searching!

Accessing Electronic Resources

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One of my #1 goals this year as a LITT is to expose faculty and students to the wide variety of electronic resources available through Beaverton School District.

Research shows that one area college-level students are lacking is in their ability to locate, access and disseminate scholarly material — especially from academic electronic databases.  

So if our goal is for Sunset students to be college and career ready our students need to know this information!

  1. Electronic Resources:  Access the Sunset Library catalog, electronic databases, eBooks, encyclopedias, etc from the Sunset Library Resource Page (hint:  bookmark it or access it from the Staff bookmark link!).  EBSCO Academic Search Complete is a new database to Beaverton this year!

  2. Handouts: Look over the two PDF handouts that were sent by email.

    1. One is a faculty handout which explains how to log in, search, share resource lists and passwords for various databases.

    2. Feel free to make copies of the student handout for your classes.  (This would be a great addition to the 9th grade notebook).  Pass this out to students but please don’t publish the password on a public website!

  3. Instruction: Invite me to a learning team meeting or to one of your classes and I will teach how to access the resources and give hints on how to conduct an effective search.

  4. Breakfast Club!  Want to meet 1:1 or with a few other to learn the basics of searching and access any of our electronic databases?  Let’s meet in Colette’s office Wednesday mornings at 7:15am for a refresher. Just drop by anytime 🙂

Cross posted at https://sites.google.com/a/beaverton.k12.or.us/sunsetpd/research