IL Resources for Academic Institutions

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Election 2020 and More

Infobase’s online resources provide unbiased, trustworthy coverage, including background and context on all aspects of this past presidential campaign and election. Plus, our extensive historical reference and research content informs students how the election process works, the history behind it, and the struggles of those who fought for our free and democratic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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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This award-winning database includes rich historical content ideal for election-related studies and lesson plans.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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Polling the Nations

Polling the Nations—the critically acclaimed online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of more than 700,000 questions and responses from more than 18,000 surveys and 1,700 polling organizations—adds real-life, up-to-date information on a wide range of topics, including the U.S. government and elections. Clear and unbiased, Polling the Nations’ polls are excellent primary sources that encourage and facilitate critical thinking and learning and can be used in pro/con discussions, debates, presentations, and papers to support research and assignments on the 2020 election and more.

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Films On Demand

This multidisciplinary video subscription provides unlimited access to thousands of videos for ALL departments, including ones that help explain and add context to elections, government, and politics. In addition, it contains a wealth of titles on information and digital literacy, critical-thinking skills, and more:

  • The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden
  • TEDTalks: Tiana Epps-Johnson—What’s Needed to Bring the U.S. Voting System into the 21st Century
  • TEDTalks: César Hidalgo—A Bold Idea to Replace Politicians
  • After Bush v. Gore
  • Goodbye, Congress: A Vice News Tonight Special
  • The Final Year
  • America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump series
  • Why Trump Won
  • Trump: Path to the White House
  • Divided States of America series
  • U.S. Presidential Election Debates series
  • The Campaigns Series: Speeches from the Conventions (6 Parts)
  • Modern Presidential Campaigns series
  • TEDTalks: Chuck Plunkett—When Local News Dies, So Does Democracy
  • TEDTalks: Sinan Aral—How We Can Protect Truth in the Age of Misinformation
  • After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News
  • How to Recognize Fake News series
  • What Is Media Capture?
  • What Are Journalism Ethics?
  • Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies
  • News or Not
  • Introduction to Information Literacy
  • Internet Know How series
  • How to Teach Critical Thinking Skills
  • Breaking News and Media Literacy from the Strategies for Educators series
  • 3 Steps to Critical Thinking
  • Analyzing Arguments Can Make You a Better Critical Thinker
  • Critical Thinking in the Workplace

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Information Literacy – Core

Broaden your library’s instructional reach with standards-aligned multimedia content that can be used in courses, one-shot sessions, and at the point of need. Information Literacy – Core uses innovative technology and proven pedagogy to build essential information literacy and critical-thinking skills that will help students thrive in their academic careers and beyond.

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Credo Reference: Academic Core

Credo Reference: Academic Core enhances the research experience through authoritative, vetted reference content and a one-stop exploratory search platform that drives usage of all of your library resources. The user-friendly interface is ideal for students starting their research or learning about the research process, with features like Mind Map, Research Quick Tips videos, and more.

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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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