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Opposing Viewspoints is a useful series of books on current, controversial issues.

Opposing Viewpoints close up

College of Marin has many books in this collection on topics such as video games, cloning, medical marijuana, netiquette and online ethics.

Another close up of Opposing Viewpoints

These books are located against the wall in front of the reference desk.

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Each book is an anthology -- a collection of short essays, speeches and articles -- that discusses the topic from multiple angles. In the picture above,  notice that each pair of items is made up of opposing viewpoints.      This is most clearly seen in item 6 and 7.


Opposing Viewpoints

Here are just a few of the dozens of Opposing Viewpoints books at College of Marin. Many students and professors like these books because each one compiles numerous sources of information in one handy volume.

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Video Games - Laurie Willis
Call Number: GV1469.3 V526
Publication Date: 2009
"Video games are popular with digital natives....Educators and parents question whether games are a hindrance to academic education or can be used as a tool to enhance education."

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Cloning - Jacqueline Langwith (Editor)
Call Number: QH442.2 C564
Publication Date: 2012
"The ability to routinely write the 'software of life' will usher in a new era in science, and with it, new products and applications such as advanced biofuels, clean water technology, food products, and new vaccines and medicines."

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Netiquette and Online Ethics - Noah Berlatsky (Editor)
Call Number: TK5105.878 N48
Publication Date: 2013
Netiquette is a combination of the words network and etiquette, and is defined as a set of rules for acceptable online behavior. Similarly, online ethics focuses on the acceptable use of online resources in an online social environment.

Both phrases are frequently interchanged and are often combined with the concept of a 'netizen' which itself is a contraction of the words internet and citizen and refers to both a person who uses the internet to participate in society, and an individual who has accepted the responsibility of using the internet in productive and socially responsible ways.

Underlying this overall concept of socially responsible internet use are a few core pillars, though the details underneath each pillar are still subject to debate.

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Medical Marijuana - Lynn Zott (Editor)
Call Number: RM666 C266 M432
Publication Date: 2012
"The authors in this volume provide insight into emerging legal issues surrounding medical marijuana, debate access to the drug, and consider whether legalizing medical marijuana is medically and socially beneficial for the United States."

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The Minimum Wage - Noah Berlatsky (Editor)
Call Number: HD4918 .M59
Publication Date: 2012
"This book examines various viewpoints and perspectives on minimum wage laws in the United States, and around the world."

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Government Spending - No'l Merino (Editor)
Call Number: HJ7537 .G686
Publication Date: 2012
"Examines various aspects and controversies of government spending....Offers criticism, praise, and suggestions for reform."

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Homosexuality - David M. Haugen (Editor)
Call Number: HQ75.15 H66
Publication Date: 2013
"Should same-sex marriage be legal? Should same-sex partners be allowed to adopt? Should Homosexuals be excluded from certain organizations." These and other issues involving homosexuality are discussed.

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Eco-architecture - Roman Espejo (Editor)
Call Number: NA2542.36 .E264
Publication Date: 2012
"This volume examines the utility and effectiveness of buildings designed to be environmentally friendly."

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