Help students gather background information on the events shaping today’s headlines with scholarly resources on contemporary issues relating to technology, economics and class, ethics and religion, race and ethnicity, and social activism. When students are asked to write persuasive papers for ENG 101 and other Gen Ed courses, point them to these digital titles, and help them steer clear of dubious open-web searches.
Credo Essentials Collections offer access to award-winning, notable, and peer-acclaimed reference content. Available collections cover dozens of in-demand subjects and are curated by Credo. Each are seamlessly updated as new editions publish and new content is licensed. Content is regularly refreshed to ensure continued relevance. Credo Essentials Collections are full text and searchable alongside the content on the Credo research platform.
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In an effort to curate the very best content for each collection, notable awards and recommendations are used to guide our selection process. Several titles in each collection have been distinguished in the following lists:
NOT Fake News: Content You Can Trust
Presenting more than eight decades of authoritative news summaries and background articles, World News Digest contains a wealth of material and a dynamic interface that makes it easy to explore the events that shape our world. World News Digest frames events for research and is the place to start any reference project—take a look today.
For 80 years, World News Digest has been a go-to resource for context and background on key issues and events in the news. Hundreds of news sources, governments, and organizations—including ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, NBC News, NPR, and the parliament of Canada—rely on World News Digest for a broader view of the issues that matter today.
“…continues to excel in its value and reliability…Recommended.”
“…user friendly…in depth…comprehensive and easy to use…provides a wealth of unbiased information concerning national and international news events and is highly recommended.”
“…provides a wealth of information and will help students researching for a multitude of assignments.”
“…a must for students obtaining background information on a topic…intuitive for even novice users…”
Thousands of Public Opinion Polls - Perfect for Research, Debates and Discussions
Polling the Nations, the critically acclaimed online database of public opinion polls, has been completely redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up. Aggregated from more than 1,000 sources, the polls feature 750,000+ poll questions covering hundreds of breaking-news events, including the 2020 presidential election, COVID-19, climate change, and Black Lives Matter, and thousands of topics, including affirmative action, criminal justice reform, immigration, voting rights, and many more. The clean, intuitive new design and powerful, interactive tools provide users with great flexibility to customize and organize the information exactly as they wish.
Polling the Nations brings together thousands of polls going back more than a third of a century, giving students the tools they need to investigate, analyze, and think critically about the important challenges facing the world—a must-have database for any institution.
Polls are essential parts of contemporary life—a trusted measure of public sentiment that help students and scholars gauge what large numbers of people are thinking or doing. By informing citizens, leaders, and businesses what broad swaths of the population believe on specific issues and ideas, polls can even steer the economy, influence elections, and determine the direction of the country.
Polls play a unique and important role in today’s world. Although polls aren’t perfect and can occasionally yield flawed results, evidence shows overwhelmingly that they are the best and most accurate way to measure public opinion at a given moment in a given era. Polls are also objective and unbiased. Unlike other forms of information—articles, reports, speeches, etc.—polls rely entirely on raw data unfiltered by ideology or political slant. In addition, they are easy to read and understand.
For students, the information gained from polls is especially useful in pro/con discussions, debates, presentations, and reports. The polling results in Polling the Nations can be used to add real-life, up-to-date information on a wide range of topics in subjects including social studies, history, civics, government, political science, economics, current events, sociology, and media and cultural studies. Polling the Nations is also an outstanding resource for math and statistics courses that require students to create graphs to display data.
Clear and unbiased, Polling the Nations’ polls are excellent primary sources that encourage and facilitate critical thinking and learning. Having access to this direct, unfiltered information provides a fresh perspective that can be found in no other place.
Polling the Nations’ sheer comprehensiveness makes it the best resource for polling data, having more surveys from more sources in more countries than any other resource anywhere. The polls cover all 50 states, dozens of U.S. cities, Canadian provinces, and more than 100 countries around the world. Polling the Nations is updated regularly so users always have access to the latest polls. Plus, having more than 30 years of outstanding reference material makes it easy for researchers to track changing public opinions on topics over time.
“University and research libraries will want it in their collections.”
“An excellent tool for public and academic libraries.”
“This is a resource beyond compare in the polling field.”
“A valuable source for those researching American opinion polls.”
“For students or professional pollsters, the capability of narrowing a search to the specific wording used and then seeing the outcome is quite remarkable…For access to question-level documentation, this resource has no competitors…Highly recommended.”
The place to go to prepare for a debate, discussion, research paper, or persuasive writing assignment
Featuring a dynamic design and a wealth of features, Issues & Controversies helps researchers understand today’s crucial issues by exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture. Our Issue and Article pages make it simple to see all of the available content in one place; thousands of editorials and opinions from renowned newspaper sources via NewsEdge keep researchers on top of trending topics; and our enhanced navigation and search results and improved organization and taxonomy give users an intuitive and user-friendly research experience. Updated weekly, with an extensive backfile, Issues & Controversies offers in-depth articles—each presenting both sides of an issue clearly, coherently, and without bias—made to inspire thought-provoking debates. Its straightforward presentation of the key facts, arguments, history, and current context of today’s most important and timely issues makes the database an ideal resource for research papers, debate preparation, and persuasive writing assignments. The articles are written by our own expert writers and editors, and each article includes a full range of supporting materials.
“No other database in my library had [this] kind of use…Issues & Controversies was the top database for results (at the best price) that we subscribed to last year.”
“This database is a nice addition to [Infobase’s] family of online products…Recommended.”
“…accessible and easy to navigate and will be useful to students working on research projects.”
“Access to a wide variety of controversial issues will provide students with the building blocks for forming their own opinions, leading to thoughtful research papers and debates. The content and presentation are impressive…will give the [competition] a run for its money among high school, community college, and college libraries.”