IL Resources for K–12 Schools and Districts

Access these resources through NOVEMBER 20, 2020. Questions? Need more time? Contact us—we’re here to help.


Election 2020 Central

Election Day 2020 is inching closer, and Infobase’s online resources provide unbiased, trustworthy coverage, including background and context on all aspects of this year’s presidential campaign. Plus, our extensive historical reference and research content informs students how the election process works, the history behind it, and the struggles of those who fought for our free and democratic elections.

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Infobase Election Central School & District Trial
Username: InfoLit2020S
Password: Infobase

World News Digest

World News Digest’s 2020 Elections Guide is your vital, one-stop source for complete campaign coverage, synthesizing in one place everything students and researchers need to know, through:

  • Original, exclusive articles and content
  • Up-to-date statistics from authoritative sources
  • Compelling, engaging videos
  • Breaking news from the Reuters® newsfeed.

World News Digest’s in-depth analysis of all candidates and their positions, the national political conventions and party platforms, and all the debates and issues is perfect for assignments geared to the 2020 election and beyond. You’ll also get valuable coverage and material on every presidential election since Franklin D. Roosevelt won a third term in 1940, from campaign roundups to breaking news stories. World News Digest clearly frames events for research and is the place to start any reference project.

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Issues & Controversies

Issues & Controversies’ timely, balanced, and unbiased articles on today’s hot topics help students and researchers understand, analyze, and debate current campaign issues and the pros and cons of each side. This resource is ideal for persuasive writing assignments, mock debates related to the election, strengthening critical-thinking skills, and much more. Plus, the Presidency and Presidential Races section offers comprehensive articles on the 2020 election and every presidential campaign since 1996—including articles about the candidates’ views on campaign issues, party platforms, excerpts from convention speeches, and much more.

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American History

This comprehensive database includes rich historical content ideal for election-related studies and lesson plans. In the U.S. Government Topic Center, research past elections, parties, key figures, and important terms through essays, primary source documents, images, videos, charts, and maps that put the 2020 election into perspective.

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The World Almanac® for Kids

For intermediate-level students, the U.S. Government section offers easy-to-understand bullet points on political parties and how they were started, presidential campaigns and how they have evolved, voting, and more. The Take a Stand module introduces the concept of informed debate with age-appropriate topics. For additional IL material, look at the “Life in the Digital Age” chapter of the Technology Today module and the “Research Help” section under Homework Help, which includes content on Evaluating Online Sources, Analyzing Primary Sources, Avoiding Plagiarism, and more.

Learn more about The World Almanac® for Kids.

Classroom Video On Demand

Created for high schools, this multisubject video subscription provides unlimited access to thousands of videos for ALL departments and includes videos that help explain and add context to the election, government, and politics. In addition, it includes a wealth of titles on information and digital literacy, critical-thinking skills, and more:

  • Debating Our Destiny: 40 Years of Presidential Debates
  • The Words That Built America
  • The Election Process (Revised)
  • Election Day: Video Culture Class – American Holidays
  • U.S. Presidential Election Debates series
  • Voting Rights Amendments series
  • Great Speeches, Volume 30: Michelle Obama, Seth Rogen, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Mike Pence
  • Great Speeches, Volume 29: Barack Obama, Emma Watson, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and Jeb Bush
  • The Campaigns Series: Speeches from the Conventions (6 Parts)
  • Modern Presidential Campaigns series
  • Why Trump Won
  • Trump: Path to the White House
  • The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House
  • Career in Politics as a Political Pollster
  • A Conversation with Jon Reinish: Conversations with Giants
  • How to Recognize Fake News series
  • News or Not
  • Introduction to Information Literacy
  • How to Teach Critical Thinking Skills
  • Breaking News and Media Literacy from the Strategies for Educators series
  • Analyzing Arguments Can Make You a Better Critical Thinker
  • How Do Journalists Verify News?
  • Digital Addicts
  • Fact vs. Fiction
  • Bias in the Media
  • Internet Research: What’s Credible?

Source Reference

Source Reference integrates highly acclaimed reference content with instructional videos and tutorials to provide research instruction in your curriculum and at the point of need. Prepare students for any kind of research or the rigors of academia by building their confidence and cultivating essential information literacy skills.

To access Source Reference, go to:

Source Reference Trial

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Professional Development and Training Solutions

Accessible, actionable, self-directed information / digital literacy courses, including:

  • Research Essentials
  • Information Overload—Find, Evaluate, and Cite Sources
  • Evaluating Web Resources
  • What Do Students Need to Know About Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship?
  • Being Savvy Online
  • Cyberbully? No Way, Not Me
  • Internet Safety and Social Networking
  • Information Security Best Practices
  • Copyright, Copyleft & Fair Use

To access our professional development and training courses, go to:

Username: InfoLit2020
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