Information Plus Reference Series: Fall, 2017 Edition

  • Series Name: Information Plus Reference Series
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  • ISBN-10: 1410332683
  • ISBN-13: 9781410332684
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - College Freshman
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  • Previous Editions: 2017, 2015, 2015
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released September 2017
  • 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

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drugs:
Chapter 1, Drugs: A Definition.
Chapter 2, Alcohol.
Chapter 3, Tobacco.
Chapter 4, Illicit Drugs.
Chapter 5, Alcohol, Tobacco, Illicit Drugs, and Youth.
Chapter 6, Drug Treatment.
Chapter 7, How Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drug Use Affect Economics and Government.
Chapter 8, Drug Trafficking.
Chapter 9, Antidrug Efforts and Their Criticisms.

Crime, Prisons, and Jails:
Chapter 1, An Overview of Crime.
Chapter 2, Crime Trends.
Chapter 3, Crime Victims.
Chapter 4, Drug Crimes.
Chapter 5, White-Collar Crime.
Chapter 6, Controlling Crime.
Chapter 7, Correctional Facilities: Prisons and Jails.
Chapter 8, Characteristics and Rights of Inmates.
Chapter 9, Probation and Parole.
Chapter 10, Juvenile Crime.

Genetics and Genetic Engineering:
Chapter 1, The History of Genetics.
Chapter 2, Understanding Genetics.
Chapter 3, Genetics and Evolution.
Chapter 4, Genetics and the Environment.
Chapter 5, Genetic Disorders.
Chapter 6, Genetic Testing.
Chapter 7, The Human Genome Project.
Chapter 8, Reproductive Cloning.
Chapter 9, Therapeutic Cloning: Stem Cell Research.
Chapter 10, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
Chapter 11, Ethical Issues and Public Opinion.

Growing Up: Issues Facing America’s Youth:
Chapter 1, Children and Families in the United States.
Chapter 2, Children, Teens, and Money.
Chapter 3, Caring for Children.
Chapter 4, Health and Safety.
Chapter 5, Teen Sexuality and Pregnancy.
Chapter 6, Getting an Education.
Chapter 7, Juvenile Crime and Victimization.
Chapter 8, Violence and Gangs.
Chapter 9, Crime and Violence in the Schools.
Chapter 10, Crime Prevention and Punishment.

Legal and Illegal Immigration:
Chapter 1, Immigration in the United States from the Colonial Period to 1980.
Chapter 2, Immigration Laws and Policies since 1980.
Chapter 3, Current Immigration Statistics.
Chapter 4, The Worldwide Refuge Challenge.
Chapter 5, Illegal Immigration.
Chapter 6, The Costs and Benefits of Immigration.
Chapter 7, Immigration’s Role in Reshaping the United States.
Chapter 8, The United States Needs More Tolerant Immigration Laws.
Chapter 9, The United States Needs Tougher Immigration Laws.

Water: A Limited Resource:
Chapter 1, The Hydrologic Cycle.
Chapter 2, Water Use.
Chapter 3, Surface Water: Rivers, Streams, and Lakes.
Chapter 4, Groundwater.
Chapter 5, Drinking Water: Safety on Tap.
Chapter 6, Oceans and Estuaries.
Chapter 7, Wetlands.
Chapter 8, The Arid West: Where Water Is Scarce.
Chapter 9, Water: A Global Perspective.