BBB scam tracker

Fake News, Scams & Hoaxes

Better Business Bureau. (2019). BBB scam tracker [database]. Retrieved from https://bbb.org/scamtracker.

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: 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.

American fact finder

Fact-Checking

U.S. Census Bureau. (2019.) American fact finder advanced search. Retrieved from https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/searchresults.xhtml?refresh=t.

Description: This is a government-funded database of community facts, from population data, to school district data, to data on income.

Why I trust it: It’s just the data—plain and simple.

Use: Fact check local news by popping any data listed in a local news article into the search bar to see if it matches up or if the sentence is worded to mislead or paint the data in an alternative light.

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

Opposing viewpoints in context

Current Issues, Fact-Checking, Politics on the Internet

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

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.

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 and use a guest computer pass to access the database.

Issues

Current Issues

ABC-CLIO. (2019). Issues: Understanding controversy and society [database]. Retrieved from https://publisher-abc-clio-com.libproxy.albany.edu.

Description: This database is a collection of authoritative, scholarly eBooks on a broad range of topics.

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: It is full of trustworthy information to help you learn more about a topic you read about in the news.

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 and use a guest computer pass to access the database.