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How to Use Gale Opposing Viewpoints: Searching OVIC

Searching OVIC

​Basic Search

Basic search is a good place to start your research. Enter a search term in the Basic Search box, hit enter on your keyboard (or click on the magnifying glass) to start your search.  Notice that OVIC (Opposing Viewpoints In Contexts) will suggest keyword terms as you start typing. 


Advanced Search

Advanced Search

Customize your search with more limiting options to target relevant results. You can use advanced search to run complex searches for specific results, or to perform open searches for a broad view of available content.

Subject: Choose this field to search document tags and find results fully focused on your topic. Try subject if your basic search produces too many results.

Entire Document: Pick this option to search within the entire text of eBooks. This option performs a broad search for any mention of your terms, so you can find precise phrases within results, or locate articles that touch on specific concepts.

Image Caption: Select this field to search captions from photographs, illustrations, charts, etc. Use this search to find chapters with relevant visuals. 

Search Operators: Use these drop-downs to connect your search terms. AND ensures your results mention both terms. OR broadens your search to results mentioning either term. NOT excludes a term.

Quick Tips

Not sure what topic to choose?

OVIC has topic pages you can use to browse topics. 

To Browse Issues:

  • Click on Browse Issues (on the upper left hand corner)
  • Scroll down the list to see all available topics. 

When you select a topic from the Browse Issues list, you will be directed to the topic page. Topic pages include an overview article on the topic and links to relevant resources about the issue.

Types of resources from a topic page:

  • Position essays (Viewpoints)
  • News stories
  • Academic journals
  • Videos
  • Podcasts (audio)
  • Websites
  • Related topics
  • Reference materials