Using NC Live, Academic OneFile and Opposing Viewpoints



Please remember that access to NC Live and Academic OneFile from sites away from WPCC’s Main Campus will require you to have a user login and password. You will log in with your regular computer username and password.

Using NC Live

  • Go back to library homepage and click on “online resources“.
  • Access NC Live by clicking the link (opens in a new window).
  • Click on the box labeled “articles” under “Browse by Item Type“.  Now enter your keywords in the search box.  The more keywords you enter, the narrower your search results will be.
  • Make sure that “Full text Online” is checked.
  • If you want only academic/scholarly/peer reviewed articles you will need to choose that option.
  • There is also the option to narrow the dates searched by entering specific dates or using the slide bar  to choose dates – located under “Publication date“.
  • You can narrow down your results list by clicking on “Subject Terms” which is located further down on the left hand side.
  • If you click “More“, this will open up a new column of subject headings located to the immediate right. Once you choose the subject heading, close the column by clicking the “x” at the top right of column.
  • Your updated results list is now displayed.  You can now click on the article titles and review them.  They are sorted by relevance with the most relevant on the first pages.
  • When your list of articles comes up, you can click on the article title or choose the “read online” button to review each article.
  • You can print/email/save each article individually by click on the appropriate links on the top light blue bar.  If you want to handle several articles at the same time, you can click “Save to My Research” (also on the top blue bar).
  • You will now be prompted to “create a my research account“.
  • Fill out the necessary information to create your account.  You will make your own user name and password.
  • You can add numerous articles to the “my research account” and then print, email or save them together.
  • Make sure you choose the correct citation format once you choose print, email or save. There are many different options.

Using Academic OneFile

  • Access Academic OneFile  by clicking the link (opens in a new window).
  • Academic OneFile defaults to a subject guide search.
  • Change to Advanced Search (Located on gray bar at top of page – right side.)
  • Type in keywords in search boxes Example – “heart disease” or more specific “heart disease
    infants”. Note that this database does have the assist feature that will display addition keywords below the search box.
  • You must choose limit to FULL TEXT in order to get complete articles. For Peer-reviewed, check box next to “peer-reviewed” publications.
  • You can limit the search dates by selecting one of the options and entering your specific dates.
  • You can further narrow your search results by scrolling down and choosing document type, publication title or subject.
  • Now hit the search button.
  • When your list of articles comes up, you can click on the article title or on the pdf button under the article title to read the full text, or you can mark the article by clicking on the save button.
  • Notice the right hand column.  This shows you how many articles are available for each document type.  Click on the specific document type to only display that option.
  • You can continue to narrow down your results by scrolling down the right hand column and selecting more specific choices.
  • You can print, save or email articles individually or mark the save button and the articles will go into a virtual folder.  To access this folder, go up to the top gray bar and click on the “more” button.  the gray bar is now expanded and the “my folder” icon is shown.
  • Click on the “my folder” icon and you may now print, save or email your group of articles using the “tool box” located to the right.  There is also a citation button that will open a new box displaying MLA or APA citations for each article in you folder.

Using Opposing Viewpoints

  • Choose “Opposing Viewpoints in Context” from the Online Database list.
  • Opposing Viewpoints will open to a general opening page displaying current topics.
  • If you have not already chosen a topic, click on the “browse issues” link on the black bar at the top of the page.
  • This will open a list of frequently researched topics.  You can click on one of these topics or go up to the search box (top right hand corner) and type in a topic and hit “search“.
  • There is an “assist” when you type in your keyword/subject topic.
  • The results page begins with a paragraph about the search topic and then divides the results into categories.
  • The categories are : featured viewpoints, viewpoints, academic journals, statistics, primary sources (exerts from encyclopedias), news (newspaper articles), audio, images, magazines (popular magazines), reference, interactive maps and websites.
  • The viewpoint categories will include essays that deal with both sides of an issue – the pros and cons.
  • You can print, email or save each article individually, or choose several and deal with them in bulk.
  • At the top of the page, right side is the “more” button.  Now the “my folder” link is shown.  This is where all your saved items are located.
  • Mark them again by clicking in the “all” box.  Now choose print, email, download (save) options.
  • Not that all articles in Opposing Viewpoints are in Full Text and the default citation choice is MLA.


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