Stay Current with Issue Briefs

Going beyond the headlines, Issue Briefs dig deeply into issues to explain their relevance in the modern world and expose all sides of the story.

Providing a valuable source of current context for students performing research, articles are reviewed by an editorial board of seasoned journalism professionals, ensuring each Issue Brief meets the highest of journalistic standards. 3-4 new media-rich Issue Briefs are added every week and direct-published with no delay.  

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ISSUE BRIEFS ALLOW YOUR LIBRARY TO:

  • Provide foundational knowledge and context for issues unfolding around the world
  • Engage students with high-quality multimedia included in every brief
  • Cultivate topic familiarity and keyword vocabulary as students begin their research
  • Illuminate all sides of the issue with unbiased reporting
  • Cover a wide range of topics with new articles added regularly

WHY ISSUE BRIEFS ARE GREAT FOR STUDENTS:

  • Issue Briefs provides the context and background information students need to begin their research
  • Concise articles average 1,750 words in length
  • High-quality videos, infographics, graphs, and images included in every article address the needs of multiple types of learners
  • Mobile-responsive design addresses the usability needs of today’s learners

WHY LIBRARIANS LOVE ISSUE BRIEFS:

  • The growing collection of 400+ articles offers useful background information on a wealth of recent issues
  • Content supports faculty requests for students to write about current or controversial issues
  • Rigorous fact-checking standards and editorial oversight ensure objectivity
  • Presentation of all sides of an issue helps students craft coherent arguments early in the research process

“Students today are confronted with a wide variety of resources for their academic research. Wading through all the noise is a never-ending challenge, and students need a trusted source. Law Street’s Issue Briefs are the perfect starting point for research. The Issue Briefs are the most up-to-date content of their kind, and they’re rich in multimedia resources—providing a quick but comprehensive dive into hundreds of topics."

— Daniel Mack, Associate Dean for Collection Strategies and Services, University of Maryland Libraries


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ISSUE BRIEFS ARE EASY TO SET UP, INTUITIVE FOR USERS:

  • Briefs come up as supporting documents on topic searches when using Credo Online Reference Service or Literati
  • Embed specific briefs into your LMS and LibGuides when supporting courses which require background information on current events and controversial issues
  • Permalinks enable you to share relevant briefs with faculty and students with ease

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