Summarizing Current Issues: Ebola

This series of resources gives you library-purchased and librarian-approved resources to delve deeper into a subject currently in the news. Each page centers around one topic and contains places in our databases, on the web, or, sometimes, in our book collections, where you can go to get credible, authoritative information and viewpoints from multiple perspectives on the issue. If you would like a page created on a particular subject, please do not hesitate to contact Nicolette Sosulski by email at

First Stop: Centers for Disease Control Ebola Page

This contains recent outbreaks and confirmed cases, travelers advisories, news updates—all you need to know regarding the dangers of the disease. : The online presence of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. Regular updates on health concerns in the news.

Online Medical Research

• Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health: Our Database on consumer health topics
Go to the library website at , then Online Resources, then A to Z, then scroll down to. Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health. You can log in with your Portage District Library card. MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. You can also link from this to sites like the National Institutes of Health.

Ebola as News

• Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Our Database on current and controversial topics
Go to the library website at, then Online Resources,
then A to Z, then scroll down to Opposing Viewpoints. You can log in with your Portage District Library card. Opposing Viewpoints in Context supports virtually any curricular need. Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue and viewpoint pages bring balance and perspective to every controversy using targeted arguments from recognized subject-matter experts and top journalistic sources.

• Access World News from Newsbank (Including Kalamazoo Gazette): Our premium news database, which also contains special reports on trending topics.
Go to the library website at , then Online Resources, then A to Z, then scroll down to Access World News. You can log in with your Portage District Library card.
You will want to look on the left, for special reports in the news, in this case Health Topics in the News. This website is a nonpartisan, 501©(3) nonprofit public charity whose mission is promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format. It has won several prizes, including Pulitzers, and On May 30, 2012, the Library of Congress (LOC) announced that it was going to archive for having “materials of historical importance to the Congress and the American people to foster education and scholarship.” PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times and its partners to help you find the truth in politics.Every day, reporters and researchers from PolitiFact and its partner news organization examine statements by members of Congress, state legislators, governors, mayors, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, people who testify before Congress and anyone else who speaks up in American politics. They research their statements and then rate the accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter – True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False and False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get the lowest rating, Pants on Fire.

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