Information Plus Reference Series: Spring, 2018 Edition

  • Series Name: Information Plus Reference Series
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  • ISBN-10: 1410332713
  • ISBN-13: 9781410332714
  • Grade Level Range: 8th Grade - College Freshman
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  • Previous Editions: 2017, 2016, 2015
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released May 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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The Information Plus Reference Series provides statistical data on 32 of today's most controversial and most studied social issues. Each Information Plus title is a compilation of current and historical statistics -- with analysis -- on aspects of one contemporary social issue, such as abortion, capital punishment, and genetic engineering. Each title is divided into chapters that are devoted to a particular topic. The text provides a clear and comprehensive summary of up-to-date research on the topic and is interspersed with the statistical tables, charts, and graphs. Each table is directly referred to and carefully explained in the text.

Designed as ready-reference tools, Information Plus titles save researchers and students from the cumbersome task of locating statistics from various sources. Information Plus data are compiled from reports generated by branches of the U.S. government, information collected by major independent polling organizations and authoritative associations, and from professional journals, newspapers, pamphlets, and other reliable sources. With the text presented in an even-handed and unbiased manner, Information Plus is an excellent resource for researchers who want to understand social issues and controversies and draw their own conclusions about them.

Each thoroughly indexed volume provides complete source citations for the statistics, a preface with a section on how to use the book, a directory of pertinent organizations and other resources, and an index.

Volumes in the Information Plus Reference Series are completely revised and updated.

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Information Plus Reference Series

Volumes in the Information Plus Reference Series are completely revised and updated. A complete list ofInformation Plus titles follows:

  • Abortion
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drugs
  • American Economy
  • Animal Rights
  • Capital Punishment
  • Careers and Occupations
  • Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
  • Crime, Prisons, and Jails
  • Death and Dying
  • Education in America
  • Electronic America
  • Endangered Species
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Gambling in America
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Growing Old in America
  • Growing Up
  • Gun Control
  • Health and Wellness
  • Health Care System
  • Legal and Illegal Immigration
  • National Security
  • Race and Ethnicity in America
  • Social Welfare
  • Space Exploration
  • Sports in America
  • Water
  • Weight in America
  • Women in America
  • World Poverty
Print volumes are also available in the form of Issue Group subsets:
  • Health and Lifestyle Issues Group
  • Crime Issues Group
  • Environmental Issues Group
  • Major Social Issues Group
Information Plus Reference Series titles are available in print as a complete set, by Issue Group set, or individually.
Information Plus Reference Series titles are available in eBook format by season set (Spring and Fall).
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Features and Benefits

  • Updated statistical information.
  • Discussions of key topics and subtopics.
  • Tables, charts, and graphs vividly illustrate the facts and figures.
  • Resources section and directory of important organizations (including key email addresses and Web site URLs) that offer the best avenues for continued research.

What's New

  • Updated content.

Table of Contents

The American Economy:
Chapter 1, The U.S. Economy: Historical Overview.
Chapter 2, Economic Indicators and Public Perceptions.
Chapter 3, The American Consumer.
Chapter 4, Personal Debt.
Chapter 5, The American Worker.
Chapter 6, U.S. Businesses.
Chapter 7, Saving and Investing.
Chapter 8, Wealth in the United States.
Chapter 9, The Role of the Government.
Chapter 10, International Trade and the United States’ Place in the Global Economy.

Animal Rights:
Chapter 1, The History of Human-Animal Interaction.
Chapter 2, The Animal Rights Debate.
Chapter 3, Wildlife.
Chapter 4, Farm Animals.
Chapter 5, Research Animals.
Chapter 6, Animals in Sports.
Chapter 7, Entertainment Animals.
Chapter 8, Service Animals.
Chapter 9, Pets.

Death and Dying: End-of-Life Controversies:
Chapter 1, Death through the Ages: A Brief Overview.
Chapter 2, Redefining Death.
Chapter 3, The End of Life: Ethical Considerations.
Chapter 4, The End of Life: Medical Considerations.
Chapter 5, Older Adults.
Chapter 6, Infant and Child Death.
Chapter 7, Suicide, Euthanasia, and Assisted Suicide.
Chapter 8, Advance Care Planning.
Chapter 9, Courts and the End of Life.
Chapter 10, The Cost of Health Care.

Gambling in America:
Chapter 1, Gambling in the United States: An Overview.
Chapter 2, Supply and Demand: Who Offers Gambling? Who Gambles?
Chapter 3, An Introduction to Casinos.
Chapter 4, Commercial Casinos.
Chapter 5, Native American Tribal Casinos.
Chapter 6, The Economic and Social Effects of Casinos.
Chapter 7, Lotteries.
Chapter 8, Sports Gambling.
Chapter 9, Internet Gambling.

Race and Ethnicity in America:
Chapter 1, Who Are Minorities?
Chapter 2, Family Life and Living Arrangements.
Chapter 3, Education.
Chapter 4, Minorities in the Labor Force.
Chapter 5, Money, Income, and Poverty Status.
Chapter 6, Health.
Chapter 7, Crime.
Chapter 8, Political Participation.

Social Welfare: Addressing Poverty and Homelessness:
Chapter 1, Poverty and Homelessness in the United States.
Chapter 2, Who Are the Poor?
Chapter 3, Public Programs to Fight Poverty.
Chapter 4, Who Receives Government Benefits?
Chapter 5, Characteristics of the Homeless.
Chapter 6, The Housing Problem.
Chapter 7, Dealing with the Problem of Homelessness.
Chapter 8, Health Care.