Bernard A. Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian, is pleased to announce an exciting addition to the selection of NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) e-resources which were announced in May. As of August 1, Opposing Viewpoints in Context will be added to NOVELNY for the 2013/2014 year. This database was the top requested database in the fall NOVELNY survey.

The database will be freely available to the nearly 5,600 public, school, academic and special libraries currently registered for NOVELNY and to individuals who are residents of New York State that visit It will be available via geolocation (no username/password or driver license required) for those who are in New York State. If your library is not registered please see the For Librarians link on the website or contact the NOVELNY Help Desk toll-free at 877-277-0250 or in the Capital District at 518-486-6012.

* Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale Cengage Learning)
This database, which develops research skills and promotes issue awareness, information literacy and critical thinking, will support the new Common Core Curriculum Standards adopted by New York State. It contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Students of all levels will benefit from a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.
The URL will be posted on Gale’s support portal sometime within the next week. Visit and click on “Direct Database URLs.”

All libraries who are already subscribed to Opposing Viewpoints in Context will receive a prorated credit from Gale Cengage Learning. Your Gale representative will contact you with further details.
Look for future postings on NYLINE, NOVEL-DB and the website regarding training and educational tools. Any questions about Opposing Viewpoints in Context should be sent to: