Election season is underway, bringing with it an endless amount of information that will spread across social media feeds, among other outlets. For many voters, it feels overwhelming to navigate and make sense of all the sources, but relying on information literacy concepts can make a difference. Steely librarians have compiled a list of tips and resources to help the NKU community navigate the election information landscape.
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Vote 411 is a free resource that provides up-to-date election information for each state, and will connect users with their ballot information to learn more about state and local candidates and issues. Vote 411 was created by the League of Women Voters, an organization with a long history of providing election information.
ProCon.org from Encyclopedia Brittanica or a library database like CQ Researcher will connect you with background information on issues relevant to the 2020 election, such as healthcare, immigration, police reform, and gun control. ProCon also contains a page dedicated to the election.
Access World News from Steely Library will connect you with extensive coverage of current events, including more than 600 U.S. publications. Organized by topics, Access World News, compiles news coverage of the presidential election, broken down into subtopics relevant to issues, candidates, and the election process. Among the topics, you will find news sources organized around:
Allsides is a useful resource for viewing current event coverage, including election news, from liberal, moderate, and conservative perspectives. Allsides acknowledges that news has bias and seeks to provide readers with balanced coverage by looking at news stories from all perspectives.
Vote Smart is an interactive website that easily and visually connects users with state and federal candidates. Vote Smart's mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials.