November Hot Topics

Our NewsBank America’s News database provides Hot Topics – “an easier path to locating topics of interest related to current global issues, events and people for personal and course research.” 

“Wanna Say That to My Face” by Thomas Hawk is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

In addition to the expected election and Covid-related topics, November Hot Topics include: SCJ Amy Coney Barrett; Tulsa Race Riot Graves; Google Lawsuit; Catholic Same-Sex Civil Unions; Nobel Prize Winners, and Australia’s reintroduction of Tasmanian Devils. Take a look at the November 2020 Hot Topics.

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New Criminal Justice Videos

“Asking Questions in an Investigation.” Films On Demand, Films Media Group, 2020.

Every month, streaming videos are added to GRCC’s Films on Demand (FOD) video database. What grabbed my attention this month was Insights and Strategies: Investigations. In this 6-video series, former homicide task force leader and author, Colin McLaren, discusses various techniques, procedures, and considerations when handling investigations in the workplace or as part of a task force.

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Native American Heritage Month

November is National American Indian Heritage Month, or, more commonly, Native American Heritage Month. Click the title URL of these eBooks which are licensed for unlimited simultaneous readers; logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number.

I Am Where I Come From : Native American College Students and Graduates Tell Their Life Stories, edited by Andrew Garrod, et al., Cornell University Press, 2017.

Andrew C. Billings, and Jason Edward Black. Mascot Nation : The Controversy Over Native American Representations in Sports. University of Illinois Press, 2018. 

Nichols, David Andrew. Peoples of the Inland Sea : Native Americans and Newcomers in the Great Lakes Region, 1600–1870, Ohio University Press, 2018.

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At Your Polling Place

Every Vote Counts graphic

Many college students are voting in their first presidential election and have questions. The Michigan Secretary of State, League of Women Voters, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law provide some answers:

Where am I supposed to vote?

What kinds of ID should I bring with me to vote in person?

I live in Comstock Park but I see ballot boxes all over downtown Grand Rapids. Can I use one of those to vote my absentee ballot?

The poll worker says my name is not on the list of registered voters. What should I do?

Someone is interfering with my right to vote. What should I do?

Can I call someone to help?

For more on Voting, Voting Rights, and Fake News, see the 2020Vote! Subject Guide.

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Once in a Blue Moon this Weekend

For the first time since 1944, people world-wide will be able to see a blue moon on October 31st – Halloween. “The next full moon on Halloween that will be visible worldwide is expected in 2077, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.” Blue moons are, sadly, not actually blue, and refer to the occurrence of a second full moon during one month.

Photo courtesy of Pikist

With the surge in Covid cases, we’re all looking for alternate ways to mark this holiday safely. Why not moon-gaze in your back yard?

For more on moon lore, check out NASA’s What is a Blue Moon? Also, take a look at the Library’s Astronomy Subject Guide for more!

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