In this time of multiple events impacting all U.S. citizens, there are some great library resources to check for current information as well as to verify facts. These subscribed resources, free to use for library cardholders, collect together a wide variety of news stories from across the world. All are linked on our Online Resources webpage.
World News Digest is one such resource. The online vendor, InfoBase, is allowing all Ohio residents access to this resource through July 1st during the COVID Pandemic. The latest news stories about events occurring across the nation are found by choosing to Browse News by Country and then clicking on the United States.
African American Experience: The American Mosaic from ABC-CLIO has an entire topic devoted to Black Lives Matter. The Timeline is current through the latest event in May of this year, the protests occurring due to the death of George Lloyd in Minneapolis.
Explora Public Libraries has a Current Events category, and Explora Secondary Schools has a Current Issues category. From these categories, you can browse to more specific topics of interest. In addition, within each of these resources, you can type any topic or event in the search box to locate current articles.
And World Book, a name known for decades for its print encyclopedia, now has also become an online multi-faceted resource. Current news information is provided in:
- World Book Student – just scroll down and you will see “Current Events: Behind the Headlines”
- World Book Advanced – check out “In the Headlines” and, under Research & Resources, “Behind the Headlines”
In addition, by using the search box to type in a current event or issue, you can locate various perspectives in these two online resources:
Finally, MasterFile Complete allows you to locate current news stories published in magazines and newspapers by typing in the keywords for the event in the search box.
Along with these online library resources, there are the many news websites on the internet.
For the latest local news, check out:
Mahoning Matters is the newest website providing coverage on topics of interest to all residents of Youngstown and Mahoning County. It came into being in October 2019, after the Youngstown Vindicator ceased publication.
In place of the Youngstown published Vindicator, we now have the Vindicator edition of the Warren Tribune Chronicle. Their staff writers are also maintaining the Vindy.com website with current local Youngstown news stories.
Of course, the Warren Tribune Chronicle has its own website, TribToday.com, which is another great source of local news stories.
Business Journal Daily is also very good at providing current news for the Youngstown area.
The local television stations maintain their own websites with local news stories:
Plus, there is the local news radio station’s websites with current news as well: WKBN AM 570 News Radio.
For more on the national and international front, it can be useful to view the mega news sites, such as:
- Associated Press
- Huffington Post
- New York Times
- Reuters News
- USA Today
- Washington Post
- Washington Times
- And the BBC (for an outside perspective on the U.S.)
It is important to keep in mind that, in today’s world of competing journalism, there is always a rush to be the first to report a story. Because of this, occasionally stories are reported inaccurately as reporters do not always take the time to properly fact-check their information.
Here at the library, we have put together a website to help you learn how to fact check what you find online (and in your email Inbox), see on TV, hear on the radio, or read in the newspaper: Fake News, Misinformation & Propaganda. Along with useful articles to help you become more media savvy, there are links to websites that have done all the checking not only for the facts, but also for media bias:
- AllSides.com, where you will see news from multiple perspectives: left, right and center.
- FactCheck.org, a product of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, this site is terrific for checking up on political claims.
- Hoax Slayer, similar to Snopes but tighter in scope, Hoax-Slayer focuses on email hoaxes, identity theft scams and spam.
- Media Bias/Fact Check, one of the most “comprehensive media bias resources on the internet.”
- Politifact.com, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact researches the claims of politicians and checks their accuracy.
- Snopes.com, an internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
- Washington Post Fact Checker, while focused primarily on political facts, it covers specific claims in-depth and with plenty of cross-referencing.
There are also Browser Plug-ins which help indicate whether a website is a reliable source of information, such as:
- Ad Detector (Chrome, Firefox)
- Media Bias Fact Check Icon (Chrome, Firefox)
- NewsGuard (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari)
We hope that you will find all these resources – library subscribed and internet sites – useful in helping you to stay informed about our world today. If you have any questions on how to locate information or how to use any of our online resources, please contact the library at email@example.com or call us at 330-259-3399. Providing answers is one of our top services to library users.
Sara Churchill is the Digital Services Librarian and Assistant Supervisor at Main-Information Services. Loves reading Science Fiction/Fantasy books, British cozy mysteries, True Crime and other true stories, plus a past reader of horror fiction by the likes of Stephen King and John Saul (among others). Also a big fan of Sci-fi, action, horror, spaghetti westerns, and based-on-a-true story movies. Her blogs are for adults and the entire family to enjoy reading and trying out the many online resources free for library cardholders to use.