Culture and Society

Travel Resources

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Folding Map by cocoparisienne ( about taking a trip this summer? If so, you better start planning now! The library is a great source of information no matter what kind of vacation you are planning. To get you started, check out our Travel Subject Guide to see what the library has for your research.

Taking an international trip? Learn a little about the culture and language of the people you will encounter using our research databases. Going on a road trip to another state? Come to the reference department to look at road atlases and state and city maps. Traveling local? Learn what Ohio has to offer by browsing a selection of books in the Ohio Room.

All this, plus librarian-recommended websites, books, magazines, and more are featured in our Travel Subject Guide. Check it out today, and start planning your fantastic summer vacation!

For a complete list of all UAPL Subject Guides, find them on the Research Overview page.

Gale's Opposing Viewpoints in Context

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Gale LogoGale Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest issues from the Local Food Movement to Wall Street, Health Care to Immigration. Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context can help you analyze and organize a broad variety of data for research, school assignments, or debates with your friends. This database contains more than 14,000 pro/con essays, 5 million articles, 6,000 statistical tables, and thousands of podcasts, just to name a few sections of its vast content. It also has over 700 reference titles from Gale and other publishers. New reference content is added on an ongoing basis, and new full-text periodical and newspaper content is added every day. Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context is one the best all-around resources we have.

Opposing Viewpoints: Privacy

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By Hustvedt (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsWhat does privacy mean to you? Is it something you value? Or, in the digital world, is privacy a thing of the past? Maybe it’s something you never really considered before.

Privacy is something that everyone should think about, especially now when more people are conducting business and sharing personal details online. You can learn more about this issue by consulting the Privacy page on Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context, one of UAPL’s subscription databases.

Opposing Viewpoints brings balance and perspective to controversial issues by presenting information and pointed arguments from subject experts and top journalistic sources. Explore the concept of privacy by reading encyclopedia, magazine, and journal articles, listening to podcasts, watching videos, plus much more.

You can also check out our Online Privacy Subject Guide for even more valuable information about privacy.

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America

 Contains entries on different ethnic and minority groups in the United States, including information on culture, historical background, settlement, and settlement patterns.

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Statistical Abstract of the United States 2013

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Logo Proquest Statistical Abstract USA 2013​The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the best-known statistical reference publication in the country and you will find it behind nearly every reference desk in U.S. libraries.

It is the authoritative go-to source for statistics on the social political and economic conditions in the United States. Librarians value the Statistical Abstract as both an answer book (“How much corn is grown in Iowa?”) and a guide to statistical sources (“What organization has the most authoritative data on foreclosures?”).

The Statistical Abstract of the United States is now available online through the UAPL's newest subscription. Please check it out along with our other premium resources.

Opposing Viewpoints

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Marijuana Legalization. Immigration. Gun Control. Fracking. Gay Marriage. Campaign FinanceHealth Care Reform. With current events, political candidate debates, and ballot issues, controversial topics like these are coming up all the time. If only there were a one-stop resource to help you learn about the issues and understand why each side feels the way they do, free of emotional, inflammatory, or false information.

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context fits the bill! While perfect for students researching position papers, Opposing Viewpoints has proven to be invaluable in helping anyone learn about current social issues while avoiding the pitfalls inherent in internet searching.

Highly recommended by UAPL’s librarians, Opposing Viewpoints presents comprehensive topic pages with overviews, pro/con essays, court cases, magazine and newspaper articles, podcasts and more. Browse through all of the explored issues, or search for something you came across in the news recently.

Make sure your argument is informed the next time that controversial issue comes up in conversation! Try Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context today!


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