American Government explains the foundations of our government, connects these concepts to the issues of the day, and examines the strengths and weaknesses of the political and economic systems of the United States by comparing them to those of other countries.
Freedom of speech, of assembly, and of the press. The heated debate on health care reform. How our two-party political system works (or doesn't work). Topics like these that are both tied to the principles of the Founding Fathers and on the minds of Americans today demonstrate how important the role of government is to all of us.
The United States is deeply divided on issues like national security, civil rights, immigration, and health care reform. American Government not only provides quick access to reliable sources on these subjects, but also fosters information literacy on these important topics that are essential for the success of any student--regardless of age or grade level.
With American Government, users can learn from a wealth of short biographies, videos, quotes, and primary source documents. The information in this database is authoritative and engaging, and the unique presentation encourages active, informed, thoughtful citizenship.
American Government is aligned with standards and major textbooks, with curricular elements organized by topic, including the three branches of government; rights and liberties; and state, national, and international systems. The Analyze sections are specifically designed to initiate critical thinking and the necessary tools for lively, historical inquiry. Additionally, this latest version is now integrated with 12 other online resources, enabling easy cross-searching and more comprehensive understanding of subject matter.
This resource is available in formats designed specifically for academic libraries or public and K-12 libraries.
The Academic database includes a feature titled "Idea Exchange." This collection of peer-reviewed articles presents multiple perspectives on core topics and is designed to encourage deeper scholarly exploration and discussion. The articles serve as models of well-constructed argumentative essays. And, they are citable for college- and university-level research papers. Users will find current MLA 7th edition, Chicago 15th ed., and APA 6th edition citation options to help simplify the bibliographic process.
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