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

BBB Scam Tracker

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Description: This resource is a database of reported and investigated scams, compiled and researched by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). BBB is a nonprofit organization that accredits businesses.

Use: Mysterious voicemail? Offer too-good-to-be-true? Think you’ve stumbled upon a scam? The BBB Scam Tracker might be able to help you determine if it is. Pop keywords into the search bar and see.

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

Citation:
Better Business Bureau. (2020). BBB scam tracker [database]. https://bbb.org/scamtracker

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

Is it True? A Fake News Database

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Description: People send in suspected hoaxes, doctored images, and fake websites. Then, Politico’s team works to determine the truth.

Why I trust it: Politico’s mission is to provide its audience with accurate, nonpartisan information. In 2012, the Poynter Institute found that about the same percentage of Politico readers identify as democrat as do those that identify as republican, so you can bet their investigations are unbiased. Learn more about Politico here.

Use: Reading something you suspect could be fake? Pop keywords into this database to see if it’s been investigated by Politico. If not, visit this link for a submission form.

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

Citation:
Lima, C & Briz, A. (2018). Is it true? A fake news database. Politico. https://www.politico.com/interactives/2018/is-this-true

Census Data

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Description: Census Data is a government-funded database of community facts—from population data, to school district data, to data on income. Learn more here.

Why I trust it: It’s just the data—plain and simple. Independently reviewing raw data gives information consumers an opportunity to evaluate it without biased commentary.

Use: Fact check news and statements by public figures by popping cited census data into the Census Data search bar to see if it matches or if the article’s language is misleading.

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

Citation:
Census Data. (2020). Census.gov. U.S. Census Bureau. https://data.census.gov/cedsci