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Scholastic Introduces New Version of Its Digital Reference Source Grolier Online

Posted Apr 11, 2011
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Scholastic has announced the launch of a re-engineered and re-designed version of Grolier Online from Scholastic Library Publishing with new content and digital research tools to meet the needs of 21st Century learners and educators.

Grolier Online now includes separate portals for elementary, middle, and high school students, adult public library patrons, and librarians and educators. The Grolier Online experience is tailored for each user with an enhanced search engine that delivers articles, maps, and videos adjustable to a wide range of reading levels for students, and a dashboard for librarians and educators filled with professional development tools, lesson plans and other resources.

The new Grolier Online continues to bring up-to-date and authoritative content to students and educators in the formats they prefer, according to the announcement. The latest upgrade continues to expand on the program's bank of multimedia content that is updated daily by a team of Scholastic editors, and provides students with comprehensive and compelling content and current events from around the world.

With the new Grolier Online, students have access to:

* An updated selection of more than 120,000 articles, arranged by reading level and aligned to national and state standards, as well as alignments to the Common Core standards - coming this summer.

* More than 340,000 web links vetted by editors.

* A revamped search engine that allows users to search for content according to Lexile or reading level.

* A database of 1,100+ international newspapers in 73 languages representing 195 countries.

* More than 1,200 clickable maps connected to in-depth articles from the most remote regions in the world.

* A collection of debate questions and current event topics to help build critical thinking skills.

The backbone of the new Grolier Online is its enhanced search capabilities, which provide access to users from eight databases: three general reference encyclopedias (The New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia, and Encyclopedia Americana), four specialty encyclopedias (Amazing Animals of the World, The New Book of Popular Science, and America the Beautiful, Lands & Peoples), and one Spanish language encyclopedia (La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre). The search tool pulls articles, videos, maps, and other multimedia depending upon your custom collection.

Source: Scholastic,

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