IL Resources for Public Libraries

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 Plus, our extensive historical reference and research content informs patrons how the election process works, the history behind it, and the struggles of those who fought for our free and democratic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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Username: InfoLit2020PL
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 users 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 anyone following 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 researchers understand, analyze, and debate current campaign issues and the pros and cons of each side. This resource is ideal for persuasive writing, 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This comprehensive database includes rich historical content ideal for election-related studies and lesson plans.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 kids, 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.

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Access Video On Demand

Access Video On Demand offers public libraries an expansive, patron-friendly collection of thousands of high-quality videos. The following relevant titles can be used for programming or for individual viewing to help explain and add context to the election, government, and politics. In addition, Access Video On Demand includes a wealth of videos on information and digital literacy, critical-thinking skills, and more—perfect for your community, from young adults to seniors who may be less tech-savvy and more susceptible to fraud:

  • The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden
  • Debating Our Destiny: 40 Years of Presidential Debates
  • TEDTalks: Tiana Epps-Johnson—What’s Needed to Bring the U.S. Voting System into the 21st Century
  • Democracy in America
  • Goodbye, Congress: A Vice News Tonight Special
  • TEDTalks: César Hidalgo—A Bold Idea to Replace Politicians
  • The Final Year
  • Why Trump Won
  • Trump: Path to the White House
  • Divided States of America series
  • U.S. Presidential Election Debates series
  • U.S. Government: How It Works series
  • TEDTalks: Chuck Plunkett—When Local News Dies, So Does Democracy
  • Digital Literacy for Dummies User Basics Course
  • After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News
  • How to Recognize Fake News series
  • TEDTalks: Sinan Aral—How We Can Protect Truth in the Age of Misinformation
  • Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies
  • News or Not
  • Introduction to Information Literacy
  • 3 Steps to Critical Thinking
  • Analyzing Arguments Can Make You a Better Critical Thinker
  • Critical Thinking in the Workplace
  • Scammed series
  • Coronavirus Scams: April Fools and Frauds

Credo Reference: Complete Core

Credo Reference: Complete Core helps patrons of all backgrounds and skill levels locate the information they need and drives usage of all of your library resources. Users looking for context around the events shaping the headlines will find answers with this easy-to-use, multisubject database and will appreciate research features such as Mind Map, Research Quick Tips videos, Key Concepts, and more.

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Credo Reference: Complete Core 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

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