Dictionary of Political Biography

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Description: This online dictionary offers short biographical entries of 870+ noteworthy political figures from the twentieth century, compiled by trustworthy experts.

Why I trust it: Oxford Reference has existed as a producer of scholarly publications since the 15th Century. Currently, the Oxford Press is governed by a large group of academics, and its publications are trusted by libraries worldwide.

Use: There are a lot of political names in the news. Use this dictionary to look up unknown names of major people who have shaped the world. You’ll find trustworthy snapshot biographies. You don’t need to read an entire biographical book to understand how that person plays into the story at-hand.

Access: This resource is available through the University at Albany Libraries. If you are a current student, faculty, or staff member, you can proxy into the server using your UAlbany ID. Otherwise, you can visit one of the library buildings on the main campus and use a guest computer pass to access the database. Visit the circulation desk to request a guest computer pass.

Citation:
Kavanagh, D. & Riches, C. (2016). Dictionary of political biography (2). Oxford Reference. http://www.oxfordreference.com.libproxy.albany.edu/view/10.1093/acref/9780191751080.001.0001/acref-9780191751080

Issues: Understanding Controversy and society

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Description: This database is a collection of authoritative, scholarly eBooks on a broad range of topics. It includes more than 7,300 primary and secondary sources, including 4,900 photos and illustrations and 160 audio and video recordings.

Why I trust it: ABC-CLIO (a collaboration between the American Bibliographic Center and CLIO Press) has been developing leading, authoritative reference resources for more than 60 years. It also offers professional development through its Libraries Unlimited program, aimed at supporting educators and librarians in lifelong learning.

Use: This database is full of trustworthy information to help you learn more about a topic you discuss or read about in the news. It includes a standards based curriculum, updated daily by a team of subject-specific experts and supported by an extensive range of instructional material. You can also find a collection of commentaries from noted scholars commissioned to foster critical thinking through exposure to varying viewpoints.

Access: You can access this database through the University at Albany Libraries. If you are a current student, faculty, or staff member, you can proxy into the server using your UAlbany ID. Otherwise, you can visit one of the library buildings on the main campus and use a guest computer pass to access the database. Visit the circulation desk to ask for a guest computer pass.

Citation:
Carter, G.L., Dunbar, J., Gypton, J., Stewart, C., and VanHorn, A. (2020). Issues: Understanding controversy and society [database]. ABC-CLIO. Retrieved from https://publisher-abc-clio-com.libproxy.albany.edu

ProCon

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Description: This informational website is a collection of information on 70 controversial issues.

Why I trust it: ProCon.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan public organization with a mission to promote critical thinking and informed citizenship. It was awarded a platinum rating by the nonprofit reviewer Guidestar.

Use: When you hear or read about a controversial current issue or event, you can use this website to understand major points on both sides of the topic.

Access: Users can access this website with a preferred internet browser from any computer in the United States, and beyond.

Citation:
Markoff, S.C. (2004). ProCon.org: Pros and cons of controversial issues. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.procon.org

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

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Description: This database is a collection of research-based entries covering current issues. It approaches the information in a pro/con format and includes articles, maps, infographics, and more. Learn more here.

Why I trust it: For 65 years, Gale has provided libraries and other educational institutions with databases on a variety of subjects. The publishing company uses a world-wide network of scholars to curate and review its content.

Use: When you hear or read about a controversial current issue or event, you can use this database to understand major points on both sides of the topic.

Access: You can access this database through the University at Albany Libraries. If you are a current student, faculty, or staff member, you can proxy into the server using your UAlbany ID. Otherwise, you can visit one of the library buildings on the main campus and use a guest computer pass to access the database. Visit the circulation desk to ask for a guest computer pass.

Citation:
Gale in context: Opposing viewpoints [database]. (2019). Gale. http://go.galegroup.com.libproxy.albany.edu/ps/start.do?p=OVIC&u=albanyu

PolitiFact

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Description: The PolitiFact nonpartisan investigative team rates political statements for accuracy based on independent news expertise and then awards statements a score on a “truthometer.” Learn more about PolitiFact’s methodology here.

Why I trust it: PolitiFact’s core values include: thorough reporting, independence, transparency, and fairness. PolitiFact does not accept donations from political parties, elected officials, candidates seeking public office, or anonymous sources. Learn more about PolitiFact’s financials here.

Use: This organization has been fact-checking since 2007, and it has gained a reputation for unbiased investigation into the truth (or lack thereof) of political statements. Use it to gain some perspective on political entities on all sides. 

Access: Politifact is free for use through a preferred internet browser from any computer in the United States, and beyond.

Citation:
Holan, A.D. (2020). PolitiFact. The Poynter Institute. https://politifact.com