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READ 104 Reading Mastery (Johnson): Find Opinion

Find Public Opinion & Existing Argument


Using Opposing Viewpoints

  • As shown in the image below, you can carry out a keyword search at the top of the page, or you can select advanced search

  • You can choose "Browse Issues" from the top menu to see a list of topical articles

  •  Issues have multiple, informed sides. Learn more about those perspectives by looking at "Viewpoints". 

  • Just above the results, you can see a list of all the types of sources your search resulted in, such as videos, images, viewpoints,academic articles, etc.

  • This is a great place to search, but be sure to search other databases as well, as the section is limited in Opposing Viewpoints and not all topics will be covered here.

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screenshot of the search results page, pointing out how to narrow your search as written in text above image


Using CQ Researcher

  • This 'At Issue' (also called Pro/Con) page in a CQ report on abortion highlights two opposing editorials on access to abortion from an economic standpoint.

  • Look for these types of pages relevant to your topic.

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image of the Pro/Con section of a CQ Researcher report

Limiting to editorials in the databases

Editorials are a great way to find reasoned opinions on current controversial topics. Use these specialized searches to find full-text editorials in the library's databases. 


In Academic Search Complete

In this database you can search using a keyword, and then add "editorials" in as an actual Subject Term (selecting "SU Subject Terms" from the "Select a Field (optional)" dropdown as shown in the image below:

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screen shot of a sample search in Ebsco's Academic Search Complete


In ProQuest

In this database, you can use the "Document Type" limiter as outlined in the text and images below:

  • First, type in your search terms
    • Be sure to use quotation marks around specific terms to search the terms as a single concept, rather than two independent words
  • Here you can also limit to "Full-text" - so you will only see results for articles that you can immediately download. 
  • Based on your topic, you may need to also limit by date to find the most recent articles. Choose an appropriate date range.

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screenshot of Proquest, showing the search boxes, highlighting the "full-text" box to check, and the date range option to narrow your results if needed. 


  • Then, as shown in the image below, scroll down on the advanced search page to limit by "Document Type" - choosing "Editorials" from the options before searching.

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screenshot of the "document type" limiting option on the advanced search page of ProQuest

Searching the web

Consider the links below as sources to find editorials online

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image of an article from debatabse

Argument resources on the shelves

Find opinion/argument in books


If you would like to browse books on social issues, use the catalog link below and type in an issue that interests you.

  • Limit to Books as Source Type. 

Alternative Press

Want to find news and opinion only from the alternative, ethnic and independent press? Try the following two database collections: