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Information Literacy as a Civic Responsibility: Library Resources to Help
A corresponding guide to the convo talk "Information Literacy as a Civic Responsbility", presented in September 2020 by Ryan Flynn '15, Director of Community-Engaged Learning, and Elora Agsten, Instructional Librarian.
Libraries are information centers. They are equipped with high quality resources to help you better understand the world around you and help you find the facts you're looking for. Better yet, librarians are trained information scientists and are ready to assist you in your search.
Do you need a fact-check on something you saw on the internet? Help finding a legitimate medical source? Debunking a conspiracy theory from your Aunt Karen? Your Schewe Librarians are here to help.
Schewe Library Multi-Database Search
Really want to get to the facts? When you want to go straight to the source, a database is almost always your best bet. This video will explain how to use Schewe Library's Multidatabase Search. This services allows you to search multiple databases at once, helping you find a lot of information quickly.
This background database is an easy-to-use tool for starting your research. Credo Reference gathers background information on a variety of topics from hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles. Also includes over 500,000 images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.
This newspaper database contains coverage from over 2,300 U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers. It also includes select newspaper titles from around the world. You can search in this database by title, headline, date, author, and newspaper section.
This general database draws from over 17,000 distinct sources, and includes a variety of legal, business and news information. Best used for newspapers, company information and legal cases. The update to Nexis Uni provides a new, more intuitive, interface, and the option to personalize your research!
Individual Databases: Medicine and Health
These resources may be particularly useful for finding medical information on COVID-19:
This health database provides full-text coverage of over 500 journals and magazines as well as full-text coverage of 250 health reference books. Also includes over 2,500 custom reports on various health topics
This health science database contains over 2,500 full-text periodicals and eBooks, and is designed to give student researchers current and comprehensive information about a range of health issues. It also includes multimedia content, much of which is devoted to live surgeries!
This health and medical database provides over 25 million bibliographic citations having-to-do with biomedical and life science topics. While there isn't a lot of full-text content in PubMed, it is the best medical database in the world.
And just remember
There's no shame in asking for help. Disinformation is designed to confuse you and make you question what you already know to be true. Don't hesitate to reach out to a librarian either in person or through our online services.