Points of View Reference Centre

Points of View is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. It can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

Publication List

The database contains 400 topics, each with an overview, point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). For each topic, there is also a Guide to Critical Analysis, which helps you evaluate the controversial topics.

Key Topics

  • artificial intelligence
  • Australia Day
  • Bill of Rights for Australia
  • climate change
  • coal mining
  • eating meat
  • freedom of speech
  • gay marriage
  • housing affordability
  • indigenous peoples
  • pill testing
  • population growth
  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • renewable energy

The main essays are supplemented with material from leading political magazines from all sides.