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THE NEW MEDIA CENTER–Revisiting Expanding Collections of Primary Source Sets

Primary source sets are collections of multiple individual primary source artifacts surrounding a specific theme or topic. The sets are free, quality "go-to" tools for teachers needing resources and ideas, as well as for media specialists collaborating with teachers or identifying appropriate resources for teachers. Mary Alice looks this issue at what's new in this area from the Library of Congress and the Digital Public Library of America.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2017 - Sep/Oct 2017 Issue By

EBSCO eBooks Reaches One Million Title Mark

EBSCO strives to provide the most e-book options and the best integrated platform user experience possible, continuing its commitment to libraries to continually grow their selection of best-selling, front list and award winning e-book titles, according to its announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Mar 2017

Follett Challenge’s Semifinalists, Video Winners Span the U.S.

Sponsored by Follett, the sixth annual Follett Challenge - an advocacy program that rewards groundbreaking educational programs - will reward $200,000 in Follett products and services to the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills to students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2017

Gale Brings Smithsonian Treasures to Middle and High School Classrooms

Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History provides online access to curriculum-aligned primary sources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Sep 2016

Gale Contest Calls on Libraries to Share 'My Library Pic'

Gale's photo contest highlights the role of local libraries in leveraging technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jun 2016

Gale Expands Gale Primary Sources Program with Launch of American Fiction Archive

The new archive includes more than 17,500 works of fiction, many of which have never before been available online. For students who use only e-resources in their work, this archive opens up thousands of texts for research.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 May 2016

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Digging Deeper into DPLA

In her last column, Mary Alice introduced the Digital Public Library of America, aka the DPLA, and its primary source sets for educators. DPLA is a completely online library that provides access to almost 12 million historic and cultural primary source artifacts. Given its size, she has dedicated this column to sharing more information about DPLA.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2016 - May/Jun 2016 Issue By

Follett Acquires Baker & Taylor

With combined sales of $3.6 billion, the two businesses will offer librarians, patrons, educators and students access to the best curated physical and digital content wherever learning and reading take place in the community, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Apr 2016

Gale Launches Largest Digital Archive of LGBTQ History and Culture

Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, Part I: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 brings together approximately 1.5 million pages of fully-searchable rare and unique content from microfilm, newsletters, organizational papers, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets and other types of primary sources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Mar 2016

Gale Grows Digital Archive Program to Better Address Research Needs and Further Support Digital Humanities

The company will make digital archives available under the new Gale Primary Sources brand.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2016

Britannica School

Britannica School is an online, interactive learning resource with up-to-date information sources.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2016 - Mar/Apr 2016 Issue By

Gale Content Now Discoverable through Google

Researchers can now easily discover scholarly content from Gale and its partners on Google or Google Scholar, through a pathway that leads directly to their institution or local library.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Feb 2016

Follett Partners with Cengage Learning to Sell Career and Technical Education Solutions

1,700 CTE titles help give high school students head start on preparing for college, careers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Feb 2016

Follett, EBSCO Announce eBook Partnership

600,000 EBSCO-hosted eBook K-12 titles can now be ordered through Titlewave.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Feb 2016

Gale Brings Interactive Science Products to Libraries

Two products, geared primarily for the academic market, cover the topics of human anatomy and chemistry, while a third resource combines multiple science topics and can be used as refreshers in introductory college science courses or as a basic science learning tool in high schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2016

BELLTONES: Back on My Bandbox--Internet Filtering and Diversity

Due to the current atmosphere in our country, with so many people afraid and angry about racial and religious differences and people's lifestyles, Mary Ann recently began to wonder how American schools are handling filtering with regard to diversity, especially relating to race, religion, and GLBT issues. Time for another survey? Yes!
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jan 2016 - Jan/Feb 2016 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Resources for the New Media Specialist--DPLA’s Primary Source Sets and Ben’s Guide, Refreshed!

The recently released Primary Source Sets from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the updated Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government are new examples of valuable resources that make access and teaching much easier. Mary Alice digs into them here.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2016 - Jan/Feb 2016 Issue By

Discovery Education Adds Multiple New Resources to Digital Services

The new content, from Robomatter, Discovery Communications' family of networks and leading educational publishers, further empowers K-12 educators using Discovery Education Streaming Plus and Discovery Education Techbooks to create compelling science, social studies and STEM lessons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Dec 2015

Gale Expands Integration of Google Apps for Education into Popular Product Lines

Researchers can seamlessly log into many of their school or library's Gale resources with their Google Account credentials and easily save, share, and download content (including bookmarks and their personal highlights and notes) using Gmail, Drive, and Docs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2015

Follett Integrates with eBook Providers to Create Open Content Repository for PreK-12 Districts

The product integrations ensure that once users have logged into Follett's Destiny, they can access OverDrive or MackinVIA content without being presented with another separate login prompt from those vendors' platforms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Nov 2015

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Media Center Design Principles Worth Fighting For

Mary Alice has been involved in many media center designs over her long career. This month, she discusses design ideas that enable school libraries to function well upon being redesigned   and  to continue to function well as needs change!
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2015 - Sep/Oct 2015 Issue By

Follett Unveils Lightbox — Interactive Multimedia Springboard for PreK-12 Learning

Designed with digital natives and the way they learn in mind, Lightbox supports instructors with varied approaches to teaching topics, while its built-in tools create a student-centered learning experience for even the most disengaged students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Aug 2015

Gale Chronicles the Evolution of Flight with New Digital Archive of Aviation History

The new digital archive in Gale's Smithsonian Collections Online series brings together images, diaries, correspondence, scrapbooks, government documents and other primary source materials to provide the "story behind the story" of humankind's desire to fly.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jun 2015

Gale Launches Research In Context Middle School Research Tool

Research In Context is aligned to national and state curriculum standards and brings together cross-disciplinary, authoritative content with multimedia in a student-friendly, mobile-responsive interface.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2015

EBSCO Information Services Offers the YBP Core Titles Collections

EBSCO Information Services is introducing 10 new EBSCO eBooks Featured Collections designed to give academic libraries a simple way to add important titles to their collections.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Apr 2015

Follett’s Destiny Upgrade Offers New Features, Including EasyBib Integration

Integrating EasyBib within Universal Search will help students simplify the process of making citations and bibliographies, saving them time and effort with their research. For example, users can now effortlessly receive citations in MLA, APA, Chicago and other styles.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Apr 2015

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO Solutions Opens Digital Resource Collections In April

The developer is providing free access to all databases in celebration of School Library Month.
News/Free Resources - Posted 31 Mar 2015

Science Channel and Discovery Education Partner to Launch the 'Support Our Science' Initiative

Through a combination of digital content, customized educator support and professional development, student engagement activities, Science Channel content and hands-on digital tools and resources, this on-going effort is designed to ignite students' curiosity while providing educators with the means to build skills and knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Mar 2015

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Making Learning Interactive

Always promoting primary sources, Mary Alice looks this time at the Library of Congress's six new interactive ebook primary source sets and finds them enticing and full of intriguing, useful tools.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2015 - Mar/Apr 2015 Issue By

EBSCO Introduces Explora, New EBSCOhost Interface for Schools and Public Libraries

EBSCO designed Explora following a series of user research studies with the goal of better assisting students in completing research and classroom assignments and providing a more intuitive search experience for public library patrons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Feb 2015

EBSCO Information Services Expands eBook Offerings With 27 New Subject Sets

These sets provide libraries with convenient ways to begin or expand their eBook collections with current, reputable content from leading publishers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2015

Gale Revamps Popular Product Lines to Create a Unified, Improved and Mobile-Optimized User Experience

Changes to GVRL, InfoTrac and In Context Platforms are designed to enhance accessibility and usability.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Feb 2015

PBS LearningMedia Digital Resource Offerings Surpass 100,000

New interactive content and lesson plans include the PBS Digital Studios series CRASH COURSE from Hank and John Green, KQED'S ART SCHOOL, and favorites from PBS and PBS KIDS series.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jan 2015

Grazing, Looping, and Skimming: Understanding Students’ Digital Habits

The digital and research habits that students learn online-in and out of school-influence their expectations for the resources they use in the course of their research. EBSCO user experience researcher Deirdre Costello and her team have delved into those habits and lay out their findings—and how they can help you as a librarian—here.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2015 - Jan/Feb 2015 Issue By

Follett Introduces Destiny Resource Manager

Destiny Resource Manager is a new, universal system that enables K-12 districts to track and manage all school assets. It represents an evolution from Follett Destiny Asset Manager as it will monitor barcoded textbooks in addition to traditional assets such as laptops, tablets and equipment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Dec 2014

Discovery Education Enhances Streaming Service With Hundreds of New Digital Assets

Enhancements include additional early elementary content in core curricular areas and a weekly news series covering current events.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Nov 2014

EBSCO Modernizes Publication Discovery with Full-Text Finder

The Publication Search Service delivers an intuitive, time-saving search experience, and better ways to manage holdings, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Nov 2014


ProQuest develops information content and technologies which provide vast and varied information, packaged in multiple formats with digital technologies that enhance discovery, sharing, and management. Innovative services aid acquisition, management, and discovery of ProQuest content and your own library's collections.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2014 - Nov/Dec 2014 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Primary Sources--Enriching the Study of Historical Fiction

Primary sources such as "Migrant Mother," the iconic photo shown on the cover of Marisa Silver's novel Mary Coin, are perfect for enriching and extending students' understanding as they read historical fiction. Mary Alice offers up a bunch!
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2014 - Nov/Dec 2014 Issue By

ProQuest Introduces Enhancements to SIRS Issues Researcher and SIRS Discoverer

Educators and students this fall are benefiting from online resources from ProQuest that are mobile optimized, include new instructional tools and features, and vetted content aligned to national standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Sep 2014

Free Resources: LOC's Interactive Student Discovery Series for Tablets

The first six Student Discovery Sets are available now for the iPad, and can be downloaded for free on iBooks. These sets cover the U.S. Constitution, Symbols of the United States, Immigration, the Dust Bowl, the Harlem Renaissance, and Understanding the Cosmos.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Sep 2014

EBSCO Introduces New Magazine Archives, Including Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek

The entire digital archives going back to volume 1, issue 1 of the magazines are included in EBSCO's Forbes Digital Archive and Bloomberg Businessweek Digital Archive.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Sep 2014

Ingram and ProQuest Expand Ebook Collaboration

More titles from ebrary and EBL available through OASIS, with more points of platform integration, make e-book ordering easier for libraries.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Sep 2014

EBSCO eBooks Now Offers E-books from Hachette Book Group

The e-books from Hachette Book Group are now part of the more than 600,000 e-books available from EBSCO eBooks. The partnership will help librarians acquire high-demand titles in a cost-effective way since there are no markups or fees of any kind on EBSCO eBooks titles.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Aug 2014

Knovation Announces netTrekker’s Interoperability with SAFARI Montage

Knovation's expanding list of integration partnerships deliver high-quality digital content through a wide range of education technology solutions, the announcement states
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jul 2014

Gale Brings Millions of Pages of Treasured Historical Content to Academic Libraries

Gale grows its digital collections program with new archives and the next installments of Smithsonian Collections Online and Nineteenth Century Collections Online.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2014

McGraw-Hill Professional Delivers Premier Content to K-12 Schools via Follett’s Market Leading Destiny Platform

McGraw-Hill Professional is offering more than 4,500 new and backlist eBooks, available to lend on multiple devices.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jun 2014

Britannica Enhances ImageQuest Resource for Schools, Libraries

ImageQuest provides nearly 3 million rights-cleared photos and other images for homework, classroom activities and lesson plans. Images come from more than 50 of the best collections in the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jun 2014

Gale Adds Hundreds of Wiley Titles to Ebook Platform

The company is continuing its transformation of the Gale Virtual Reference Library with new STEM and self-help titles.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jun 2014

Gale Refreshes Kids InfoBits with User-focused Redesign

The updated version includes new content on weather, natural disasters and U.S. States, content from Blackbirch Kid's Visual Reference of the United States and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2014

Gale Launches InterLink, Document-Level Hyperlinking Technology

InterLink is a new technology that connects current articles from newspapers, magazines and journals with contextual reference content found within ebooks on Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), Gale's ebook platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 May 2014

New Agreement between EBSCO and NewsBank Adds Readex Content to EBSCO Discovery Service

Primary research materials covering American history, culture and life will be searchable for mutual customers via EDS.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Apr 2014

ProQuest Celebrates America's Libraries with Free Resources and Video Contest

The company will offer open access to popular databases during National Library Week, April 13-19.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Apr 2014

Free Resources: Discovery Education's DENapalooza Tour PD Opportunities

The Discovery Educator Network's DENapalooza will visit 12 locations across the U.S. and Canada, providing attendees creative and effective ways to integrate 21st century technology into classroom instruction.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Mar 2014

Gale Expands Product Strategy, Bolsters Publishing Program to Address Critical Library Needs

These updated strategies and partnerships usher in a new era of resource development that will help libraries and their users thrive in today's education landscape, according to Gale.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2014

IDEA WATCH: Dissecting Ebooks and Libraries--An Evolving Market

In theory, ebooks can provide your students with easy access from all of their devices to reading material, writes Carolyn. But for libraries, there are all sorts of issues to be resolved in order to offer ebooks to our students. Developing an ebook collection is more fraught with questions than answers.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Mar 2014 - Mar/Apr 2014 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Not Just for History--Primary Sources in the Science and Health Classroom

Primary sources are not just for history—they can enhance learning, questioning, and creative thinking in the science or health classroom as well. Mary Alice's quest to learn more about the fluoroscope led her to compile a primary source guide for those interested in the sciences.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 27 Jan 2014 - Jan/Feb 2014 Issue By

Follett’s Expands PreK-12 ebook Offerings with Macmillan Partnership

The collection adds to the more than 250,000 ebook titles currently available through Titlewave, Follett's collection development, search and ordering tool.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Dec 2013

SAS Curriculum Pathways Now Available to All netTrekker Subscribers

Available at no cost, SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive, standards-based resources featuring hundreds of interactive tools, inquiries, web lessons and audio tutorials in every core subject for traditional, virtual and home schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Dec 2013

Follett Partners With EBSCO Information Services

Through the partnership, Follett provides students with expanded online access to top research databases such as MasterFILE Premier and Academic Search Premier.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Nov 2013

Ebook History Collection Now Available from EBSCO Information Services

eBook History Collection includes more than 9,000 titles from leading publishers. Titles encompass a variety of world history subjects designed to assist students and scholars with history research.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2013

OverDrive Updates School Digital Libraries Solution

Overdrive has added new features to its digital school library solution, including a fully-updated user interface providing a more informative, user-friendly experience. New features include enhanced metadata, robust search tools, filters and improved title detail pages and menus to make finding a title easier.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Nov 2013

Gale Launches Innovative Purchase Model for Ebooks

Unlike options currently offered by other ebook providers, this new purchase model will allow libraries to purchase ebooks based on actual usage, allowing libraries to perform evidence-based collection development. GVRL delivers reference content and series non-fiction titles to all types of libraries.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Oct 2013

Gale Virtual Reference Library Continues to Grow with the Addition of Nearly 200 New Ebooks from Encyclopaedia Britannica

The addition of these new titles brings the total ebooks available on the platform to more than 8,000, with over 500 from Encyclopaedia Britannica.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Oct 2013

EBSCO Releases Two Audiobook Subscription Collections

Audiobook Premier Collection and Audiobook Youth Collection have been added to EBSCO's audiobook subscription collections, which allow libraries to subscribe to a growing collection of audiobooks for an annual fee with additional titles added regularly at no additional cost.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Sep 2013

World Book Launches New Ebook Platform

Subscribers to World Book eBooks receive 24/7 unlimited simultaneous access to the entire collection, enabling school librarians and public librarians to offer World Book eBooks at all times to all users-no holds or waiting.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Sep 2013

Infobase Learning Announces the New and Improved Today’s Science

The relaunch features a fresh new design that provides more intuitive access to the wide range of science content in the database.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Sep 2013

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Classroom-Ready Materials on the Library of Congress Teachers Page

Mary Alice previews a range of classroom materials on the Library of Congress (LC) Teachers page that are created "by teachers for teachers" and that "provide easy ways to incorporate the LC's unparalleled primary sources into instruction."
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

Knovation Adds Customer-Driven Enhancements to netTrekker Digital Education Content Solution; Forms New Content Partnership with Sophia Learning

netTrekker and icurio subscribers will benefit from expanded content and enhanced overall experience in netTrekker.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Aug 2013

EBSCO and EOS International Partner to Enhance Library Discovery

The partnership allows mutual customers to take advantage of EBSCO Discovery Service and EOS library automation software products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jul 2013

Gale Expands Nineteenth Century Collections Online Program

The Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) program is a multi-year global digitization and publishing program that brings together rare primary source materials from the nineteenth century and beyond.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jun 2013

NoveList and TLC Expand Relationship to Include ILS Integration into NoveList Select

NoveList Select content is now displayed alongside library data in TLC's (The Library Corporation) LS2 PAC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2013

Knovation Forms, Expands Partnerships with Three Education Content Developers

Knovation has added Learnetic, VocabAhead and We Give Books as new content integration partners to its flagship solutions netTrekker and icurio.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 May 2013

Infobase Learning Relaunches The World Almanac for Kids Online

The World Almanac for Kids Online goes beyond the framework of the best-selling World Almanac for Kids print edition, adding exclusive, online-only content along with content from award-winning Chelsea House and Facts On File sets and series—all supporting Common Core standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 May 2013

Gale Launches Air & Space and Smithsonian Magazine Archive

Launched as part of a partnership agreement announced earlier this year, the new archive will include the complete back files of both magazines as well as Gale's advanced research tools, and will support cross-curricular and interdisciplinary studies in schools and in academic spaces.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 May 2013

EBSCO Introduces Newest Digital Historical Archive Collection: Civil War Primary Source Documents

The new database is a comprehensive collection of primary source materials chronicling aspects of the American Civil War. Drawn from the holdings of the New-York Historical Society, the collection captures various accounts of the Civil War as it was experienced on land and sea.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 May 2013

ITI Crosslinks: Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Makes Its Debut

Information Today, Inc.'s News Editor, Paula Hane, has an in-depth story in ITI's NewsLinks on the new Digital Public Library of America, including how its launch was affected by the awful Boston Marathon bombing.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 23 Apr 2013

Gale Partners with the Associated Press to Digitize Holdings

The company continues to add partners in its effort to bring historical materials to students and researchers worldwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Apr 2013

CIA World Fact Book

For March 15, 2013: The World Fact Book, published annually by the Central Intelligence Agency, provides information about countries around the world, including population, maps, flags, and other statistical data.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Mar 2013 By

ITI Crosslinks: Bringing the Smithsonian to a Library Near You, Thanks to Cengage Learning

Covered here ever so briefly via a press announcement earlier, Cengage's plans following its licensing agreement with the Smithsonian Institution are fully described and explored by Online Searcher magazine's editor-in-chief Marydee Ojala in her NewsBreak posting on the Information Today, Inc. website.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 13 Mar 2013

Cengage Learning Launches Partnership with the Smithsonian Institution to Bring Smithsonian Treasures into the Library and Academic Space

Immediate plans in the library space include the creation of a digital archive of the complete back files of both Air and Space magazine and Smithsonian Magazine, and will incorporate new issues on an ongoing basis.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2013

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: The World Digital Library--Global Primary Resources Just a Click Away

Teachers and media specialists looking for digital primary resources representing world history and cultures will be excited to learn about a growing collection of significant, multilingual resources accessible through the World Digital Library.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

Alexander Street Press Announces World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966

The collection brings to life the experiences of international movie-goers from Tokyo to Amsterdam and New York City to Paris, enabling students and scholars to study original newsreels of firsthand from the World War II era and beyond.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Feb 2013

WORLD BOOK - This Day in History

For February 15, 2013: Building the reference collection continues with World Book's free This Day in History app for the iPad.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Feb 2013 By

Britannica Publishes New Elementary Ebooks

Britannica Digital Learning is publishing hundreds of new non-fiction ebooks for grades preK-6 in a wide range of school subjects.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Feb 2013

EBSCO Publishing Introduces Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

The full-text database offers users access to a historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary full-text poems, as well as short stories, biographies, and authoritative essays.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jan 2013

Gale Adds National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World to its National Geographic Virtual Library Product Line

National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World includes a variety of content such as full-text books on travel, science & technology, history, the environment and animals; videos covering such topics as the Islamic world, alternative energy and even the lifestyle of beluga whales; more than 650 maps; 600 downloadable National Geographic images; and the National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010 - present.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Jan 2013

Knovation Launches New netTrekker Search Navigator Program

Developed to foster the growing community of netTrekker Search users, the Navigator program empowers educators to work collaboratively with colleagues to leverage the power of digital resources and netTrekker Search to create engaging 21st century learning environments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Dec 2012

Britannica Launches Online Information Solution for Classrooms

Entitled Britannica School, it provides rich multimedia resources for lessons and lesson planning, curriculum support, student and teacher research and homework help.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Nov 2012

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: What Happened on Your Birthday? Newspaper Archives Tell the Tale

Mary Alice looks at three specific, comprehensive digital collections—Chronicling America, Historic America Newspapers; Today in History; and The Newseum's Global Digital Archives—and shows you how to locate city and state newspaper archives.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: The Big Bang--Charting the Expanding Universe of Mobile Education

Under the sun, moon, and stars, there's plenty to explore when it comes to "mobile in education," and the success of BYOD as a concept is a compelling reason to start exploring
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

Infobase Learning Adds New Video Feature to African-American History Online

With the "Focus on History through Video" feature, each time the site reloads, the user will see a new video in the player, chosen from an editorially picked selection. Clicking on the "Go to Video Gallery" link below the video screen in that feature will take the user to a new gallery of all of the videos in the database.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2012

EBSCO Publishing Announces New Ebook and Audiobook Collections

EBSCO Publishing has released two new ebook and audiobook featured collections for libraries: Election 2012 and Football 2012. Ebook and audiobook featured collections enable libraries to choose from a selection of featured titles covering a broad range of topics within a particular subject area.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Oct 2012

Infobase Learning Announces the Launch of Chelsea House Biographies Online

This new database features a wealth of up-to-date, book-length biographies from Chelsea House, a publisher of biographies in the school and library market, covering a wide range of core-curriculum and high-interest subject categories. All biographies have been updated and shaped for this product, and content is updated weekly.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Sep 2012

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Content Collaboration--25 Resources for Accessing (and Sharing) It All

Teachers, librarians, media specialists, and others, including students themselves, need resources for accessing and sharing it all. With search, mobile, and social networking, there's a whole lot more help out of the quicksand.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

EBSCO Publishing Releases New Version of EBSCOhost Mobile

With ease of use and more functionality, the new EBSCOhost Mobile will provide users with an improved search experience for accessing EBSCOhost databases and EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) on the go, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Aug 2012

SAS Curriculum Pathways Now Available to All Knovation icurio Subscribers

Available to icurio subscribers at no additional cost, SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive, standards-based resources featuring hundreds of interactive tools, inquiries, web lessons and audio tutorials in every core subject for grades 6-12 in traditional, virtual and home schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Aug 2012

Questia Unveils Its New, Improved Research Website

The new and improved Questia online library and research tool for students features an expanded library (increased by over 33 percent), improved navigation for better, faster research, dictionary and thesaurus tools, and an interactive reader that will make the research experience easier for students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Aug 2012

Cengage Learning and Desire2Learn Deliver Interoperability of Digital Content and Solutions

The integration provides Desire2Learn users with direct access to Cengage Learning's digital content and core curriculum solutions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jul 2012

Jones e-Global Library launches ‘College Ready’ Edition of Online Library

The online library for grades 9-12 was announced at the 2012 National Charter Schools Conference.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jun 2012

Follett Software Partners With Leading Content Providers

The partnerships are reflective of a larger digitally focused initiative to strengthen the connection between the library and the K-12 classroom curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2012

Facts On File Announces New 'Issues and Controversies in American History'

This major redesign and content enhancement significantly strengthens the database's key objective—building a deep and balanced understanding of vital topics in American history.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jun 2012

Gale Cengage Announces Classroom in Context (CliC)

CliC is a curriculum-based family of resources designed to supplement textbooks and enhance learning with authoritative, media-rich content from Gale's In Context product suite.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 May 2012

Youngzine’s Interactive News Content for Young Audiences Now Integrated with Knovation’s Personalized Learning Solutions

A content partnership between Knovation and Youngzine brings dynamic news and current events content to netTrekker Search and icurio.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 May 2012

Gale Digitizes Popular 20th Century Weekly For Students and Scholars

The Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950 is a complete digitization of the entire run of Liberty Magazine, nearly 1,400 issues, and contains over 17,000 fiction and non-fiction articles and thousands of advertisements all in a searchable, full-color format.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 May 2012

New Agreement Adds Britannica to List of Content Providers for EBSCO Discovery Service

The agreement between EBSCO Publishing and Britannica Digital Learning adds metadata to the EDS Base Index and allows full text searching of Britannica's Britannica Online School, PreK-8, Public Library, 21st Century Explorer and Academic Editions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Mar 2012

Khan Academy

For March 15, 2012: "A free world-class education for anyone anywhere." That's the mission of Khan Academy featured on 60 Minutes. It is a place where students can go to view over 3,000 tutorials in many subject areas on many levels.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Mar 2012 By

Interview | Watching Over Your Gaggle With Jeff Patterson

As the founder of Gaggle.Net, Jeff Patterson has led the company's technology team for the past 9 years and is well- versed in the intersection of media literacy and web security. In this interview, Victor talks tech with Jeff for Internet@Schools.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By

Knovation (Formerly netTrekker) Launches icurio Digital Curriculum Content Solution

The icurio solution is designed to break down barriers to learning and transform the way teachers teach and students learn in a modern-day educational environment, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 2012

Educational Content Provider netTrekker Becomes “Knovation”

According to the announcement, the new entity reflects a transformation of the company's strategic growth plan and ongoing endeavor to create breakthrough digital content solutions for K-12 education that remove the barriers to learning and address the unique needs of students, teachers, parents and educational administrators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2012

National PBS Survey Finds Teachers Want More Access to Classroom Tech

Cost is the biggest barrier, according to the survey results, pointing to the need for free digital classroom resources such as those from PBSLearningMedia.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jan 2012

Gale and National Geographic Sign Agreement for Magazine Archive

Under the agreement, Gale will carry an online archive of more than 100 years of National Geographic magazine. Available to libraries this spring, National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994 will include all issues of the magazine in a fully searchable and intuitive interface.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2012

Voices from the Days of Slavery

For January 15, 2012: Listen to former slaves describe their lives in Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories.
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The World in 1898

For January 1, 2012: Through its website The World in 1898, the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress presents the Spanish-American War, offering valuable resources for teachers and students looking for primary source material.
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TOOLS FOR LEARNING: How to Manage All That Learning

A learning management system (LMS) is the Holy Grail of education: an online system to manage it all. In this month's Tools for Learning feature, writer Victor Rivero names a range of companies that have ventured into this territory, along with the products and services they offer.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

New EBSCOhost App Is Now Available For Android Devices

The new app for Android devices allows library users to search premiumEBSCOhost content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Nov 2011

Gale Launches MyGovernment Database

MyGovernment is an online subscription-based resource that provides essential information on United States elected officials, candidates and their key issues, and information on how our government functions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2011

Infobase Learning Announces Redesigned Streaming Video Products

Among the key platform enhancements are iPad compatibility, a redesigned interface with improved navigation, a new video player, special collections for key producers, improved search and browse options, and new features for account administrators, including free MARC records for every video.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Nov 2011

PBS LearningMedia to Offer Schools Initial Access to U.S. Department of Education's Learning Registry

The next generation media-on-demand service from PBS is making public media available free to teachers and students nationwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Nov 2011

World Book Classroom: Dramatic Learning

World Book Dramatic Learning provides original scripts, skits, and monologues to build reading fluency and content comprehension.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

Britannica Image Quest

Britannica Image Quest provides access to more than 2 million images covering all subject areas. The images are cleared for noncommercial educational use.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

Grolier Online

Grolier Online is a re-engineered, redesigned version of this web-based, subscription with new content and digital research tools. It tailors content for each user with an enhanced search engine that enables access to articles, maps, and videos that are adjustable to various reading levels.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: From Tiny Museums to the Library of Congress--Discovering Local History Resources in the Digital Age

Mary Alice notes that local museums, libraries, businesses, and passionate volunteers are digitizing primary resources and providing other digital content through processes once only affordable or possible by larger entities.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By


For November 1, 2011: This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. The National Portrait Gallery's CivilWar@Smithsonian features a wide array of primary sources to help you teach and commemorate the event.
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TOOLS FOR LEARNING: What’s New in Online Teaching and Learning? Solution Providers Improving Student Achievement

Online education is a $34 billion industry, and it has been growing by an astronomical rate. Today, says author Victor Rivero, elearning is a paradigm shift. Here are some of the companies he's identified as being on board with this 21st-century transformation.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

Capstone Digital Launches PebbleGo Biographies, New PreK-3 Reading and Research Solution

PebbleGo Biographies is correlated to state and national social studies standards and features biographies on famous figures in history, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Alexander Graham Bell, and Barack and Michelle Obama, in 12 easy-to-navigate categories, such as athletes, explorers, inventors, and presidents and first ladies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Sep 2011 Announces New Features in Maps101

K-12 Students can now visualize and compare 2010 Census Data with interactive maps.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Sep 2011

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Subscription Databases in the Age of the Internet--A Problem With Easy Solutions

It is disconcerting when a school or state purchases valuable resources and usage is low. Mary Alice says the start of the school year is a good time to begin overcoming nonuse.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

EBSCO Publishing and Innovative Interfaces Demonstrate Partnership with EBSCO Discovery Service and Encore

The result of the partnership is a smarter experience for mutual customers and library users who begin their search from Encore, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Aug 2011

EBSCO Publishing Delivers eBooks and Audiobooks on EBSCOhost Alongside Databases and Other Digital Content

EBSCOhost now provides content from the most in-demand publishers available via new acquisition models including expanded ownership plans to serve the needs of libraries and their patrons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jul 2011

ITI Cross Links: Ebook Developments Were HOT at ALA

Information Today, Inc.'s news bureau chief and NewsBreaks editor Paula Hane has posted a report on the ALA summer conference and news emanating from it.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 07 Jul 2011

ITI Cross Links: Cengagement—Cengage Acquires National Geographic School Publisher

Marydee Ojala, editor of Information Today, Inc.'s ONLINE magazine, posted a NewsBreak recently on Cengage's acquisition of a component of National Geographic that will be of interest to the K-12 community.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 01 Jul 2011

ITI Cross Links: EBSO Acquires H.W. Wilson--Leaves Bronx Lighthouse Behind

We recently posted the EBSCO/H.W. Wilson merger announcement, but want to point you now to the full report on the acquisition that ONLINE Magazine's Marydee Ojala has written, over at Informatin Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Jun 2011

Facts On File Adds New Video Features to Modern World History Online!

These new features enhance the history database, which covers the full scope of world history through the mid-15th century to the present.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jun 2011

EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson Make Joint Merger Announcement

Two long-time industry leading vendors come together with goal of improving services for libraries, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jun 2011

Alexander Street Press Launches Online Collection of Primary Materials Documenting Women’s Activism on the Global Stage

Backed by a global editorial board of 130 historians, "Women and Social Movements, International" will include 150,000 pages at completion and will grow to include material from over 200 archives and libraries.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 May 2011

Encyclopaedia Britannica Releases 'Snakes', Multimedia App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod

The new mobile download for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is aligned with the school curriculum and designed for ages 8-12, though, says the announcement, even the youngest and most ophidiophobic kids can enjoy it.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 May 2011

Gale Partners with to Bring Videos and Content to GREENR will be providing Gale with video interviews covering a range of issues connected to our planet, humans on earth, damage to our ecosystem, alternative development ideas, sustainability, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 May 2011

EBSCO Publishing Releases New iPhone Application

Building on the success of EBSCOhost Mobile, a website application designed for internet-capable mobile devices including smartphones, the new iPhone application (app) provides a quick and convenient way for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users to access quality content via EBSCOhost.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 May 2011

Free Resources: The Classroom Economist

From Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy's new INFOdocket blog of fabulous information and education resources: The economic education team of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank has developed a new online resource for teachers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Apr 2011

netTrekker Announces igotta Virtual Workspace

igotta is designed to provide a virtual workspace for students to find, analyze, organize, and use information to complete a wide-range of school assignments while developing the skills they need to be college- and career-ready.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2011

World Book Launches World Book Mobile

World Book Mobile is a mobile-friendly version of World Book's comprehensive reference database, which includes tens of thousands of authoritative articles and multimedia images, including maps, photographs, and illustrations.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2011

Scholastic Introduces New Version of Its Digital Reference Source Grolier Online

The new Grolier Online is customized for five unique sets of users, and includes an enhanced search engine and access to 120,000 articles arranged by reading level.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Apr 2011

Free Resources: Six Gale Online Resources Freely Available During National Library Week

Free access runs through National Library Week, from April 10 to April 24, 2011. Librarians can download the widget to their homepage by visiting starting on April 10.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Apr 2011

Alexander Street Press to Launch Academic Video Online Complete

The integrated online repository of academic video titles is part of Alexander Street's effort to rapidly expand its offerings to more than 10,000 titles in 2011 and to 20,000 by 2013.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Apr 2011

ABC-CLIO Announces the 2011 “Hunt for History”

The "Hunt for History" competition offers school library media specialistsand teachers a chance to win valuable prizes—including iPads, online history database subscriptions, and ebook collections—on a history scavenger hunt.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Mar 2011

ITI Cross Links: Cengage Learning Introduces new 'MindTap' Personal Learning Experience

Information Today, Inc. news bureau chief Paula Hane has written a NewsBreak article on MindTap, an enormously interesting new release from Cengage. "New category." "Personal Learning Experiences." Big claims! If it sounds exciting to you, we think it indeed is, so check out Paula's report.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 14 Mar 2011

THE PIPELINE: Trust, Credulity, and Search Engines: Is Google Over?

The Google search religion is finally starting to be challenged, according to Stephen. Search engine spam and questionable results run the risk of ruining the usefulness of search engines. It's time to build credulity skills in learners and researchers about what's behind the results they get from these engines.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

Former ResourceShelf Publisher Launches INFOdocket Web Resource and Reference Material Site

Gary Price and colleagues will continue to provide valuable information and education resources through this new site as well as FullTextReports.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2011

EBSCO Publishing Releases 24 New Ebook Subject Sets

The subject sets are part of a rapidly growing collection of ebooks that are offered in collections grouped by subject matter.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Feb 2011

netTrekker, Defined Learning Partner to Integrate Defined Learning STEM Content into netTrekker Search

The partnership will expand the netTrekker Search digital resource offering to bring real world relevance to STEM education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jan 2011

ITI Cross Links: Streaming Video and Music Developments at Alexander Street Press

Information Today, Inc.'s news bureau chief Paula Hane posted a story January 20 on interesting activities and plans at Alexander Street Video, including acquisition of a distributor of documentary films, plans for an online collection of streaming video developed for teacher training and development, and more.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 21 Jan 2011

New Round of Enhancements for H.W. Wilson's WilsonWeb Service

Enhancements includes improvements to the WilsonWeb Mobile interface, expansion of the "My WilsonWeb" individual user account functions, increased customization, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2011

Facts On File Adds New Video Feature and Core Content to Its American History Online Database

The new video content includes mainly historical newsreels with a focus on World War II-era footage. The new "Focus on History through Video" feature on the home page spotlights the new content, with a player that shows a new video—from a selection of newsreels spanning the 1940s to the 1990s—each time the site reloads.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2011

Cool Links: Taking a Close Look at Smarthistory

Here's a Cool Link to an interview by Victor Rivero offering information and insight on a terrific Free Resource: Smarthistory.
News/Cool Links - Posted 03 Jan 2011

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Connected and Engaged

Online. Blended. Mobile. 21 st-century. Collaborative. Project-based. Any way you label it, learning is changing. We're now settling into an exciting new paradigm of connected, engaged learning. To get a sense of all this, take a look at the sites, services, and resources we've noted right here in this article.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

Gale to Digitize McMaster University’s Holocaust and Resistance Collections

The Holocaust collection includes nearly 2,000 poignant letters in several different languages from or to prisoners in Dachau, Buchenwald and Auschwitz, as well as in Gestapo prisons and POW camps.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Dec 2010

Gale Releases Gale NewsVault

Providing access to more than 2,000 titles and 10 million digitized pages, Gale NewsVault provides an unparalleled window to the past for researchers and students, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Dec 2010


Alice Kurtz reviews Shmoop, a free portal of digital resources, primarily for literature and social studies topics, that help students relate subjects being studied in school to their daily lives.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

H.W. Wilson Announces 20th Edition of Children’s Core Collection

The latest edition offers broad revisions in the areas of environment, science, and religion, as well as fiction and picture books. More than 7,000 of the entries are new. On WilsonWeb, Children's Core Collection is continuously updated with new material.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Oct 2010

Gale Announces Biography in Context

This next-generation offering, an online resource developed to meet the needs of today's internet-savvy researchers, evolved from, and will replace, the Biography Resource Center database.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Sep 2010

H.W. Wilson Database Content Included in EBSCO Discovery Service

Wilson databases will soon be searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service for mutual customers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Sep 2010

Wilson Launches WilsonWeb Mobile Interface

A free service for WilsonWeb subscribers, WilsonWeb Mobile provides "anytime, anywhere" access to WilsonWeb reference databases, marrying WilsonWeb's versatile searching, trusted information, and practical tools with smart-phone convenience, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Sep 2010

Cognite, from Follett Software Co.

Victor Rivero reviews Cognite from Follett Software Co., a digital learning environment that integrates discovery and organization tools, collaboration, and communication.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

Online Tools for Research—Elementary and Middle School Style

One of the most challenging areas in education today is helping students navigate through the ever-increasing world of information. There are many estimates out there on how fast the internet is growing, but everyone agrees it is the fastest-growing technology humankind has ever created! To get a handle on this 21st-century repository of information, librarians, teachers, and students need to harness the power and flexibility of the more-powerful, flexible, and varied online tools being developed … tools that can help them find, evaluate, and organize the megaloads of information out there. This applies not only to high school students but to younger students as well.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

EBSCO Publishing Extends Text-to-Speech Feature to EBSCOhost Databases

Users will be able to take advantage of this new feature with any full-text articles available in HTML.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Aug 2010

EBSCO Publishing and NoveList Debut a New Interface

The new interface will include all the characteristics librarians enjoy along with changes that make recommendations easier to obtain, searching more intuitive, and allows quick access to more content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Aug 2010

Archipelago Learning Announces Common Core State Standards Update for Study Island

Professional development plus instructional and assessment materials are intended to help teachers adjust classroom practices and prepare students for transition to the new standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jul 2010

Facts On File Announces Launch of World Geography and Culture Online

A new and improved version of Facts On File's World Atlas, this reference site takes a global approach to facilitate the study of countries, places, peoples, and geography concepts and skills, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jul 2010

netTrekker Adds New Features to Search Tool

The company has rolled out 'netTrekker Search,' plus plans for teacher and student productivity tools to support project-based learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2010

ABC-CLIO Ebooks Now Available Through Gale Virtual Reference Library

Directed toward users of public and academic libraries, nearly 250 ebooks have been selected from a variety of disciplines including history, humanities, current events, and general interest.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jun 2010

H.W. Wilson Unveils New Features for Biography Databases Interface

Users of Wilson's Biography Reference Bank, Current Biography Illustrated, Junior Authors, and World Authors databases are now offered a richer, more engaging search experience, with the recent addition of special spotlight profiles, new images, and a colorful new interface design, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 May 2010

EBSCO Publishing Introduces Referencia Latina

Referencia Latina is a definitive general reference resource for the rapidly growing native Spanish-speaking population in the United States covering issues in Latin America and Spain, as well as US and global affairs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 May 2010

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Safety, Security, and Access

In this age of technology-enabled openness, how much protecting is too much? And, going further, if our students are completely isolated from the benefits of the information age, will they ever learn? In this month's Tools for Learning feature, Victor Rivero examines some products, services, and solutions that address the question "How can our students stay safe and secure while simultaneously getting access to rich learning resources—and continue to fall in love with learning?"
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

H.W. Wilson Offers Free Access to CAREERS Database for National Library Week

New in H.W. Wilson's Current Issues database series, Careers offers a wide array of information on diverse careers in a single vetted source, in articles selected by H.W. Wilson editors from thousands of magazines and journals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Apr 2010

Gale Celebrates National Library Week With Focus On Advocacy

In the spirit of the celebration, Gale will provide free access to four online resources for use by any library throughout the entire week: Career Transitions, Global Issues in Context, GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources), and Grzimek's Animal Life.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Apr 2010

Free Resources: Alexander Street Press' Sneak Peek at American History in Video

Alexander Street Press is offering a "sneak peek" look at its American History in Video online collection, free through April 30.
News/Free Resources - Posted 29 Mar 2010

H.W. Wilson to Transition OCLC Database Subscriptions from FirstSearch to WilsonWeb

H.W. Wilson and OCLC are working together to transition library subscriptions for H.W. Wilson databases provided on the OCLC FirstSearch service to the WilsonWeb platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Mar 2010

Discovery Education Adds New Content from Scholastic Media, the Smithsonian Institution and Other Leading Publishers

Collaborations with top publishers, two public school systems, and others growDiscovery Education's library of content to more than 150,000 assets.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Feb 2010

netTrekker Launches "Personalized Learning in Action" Video Contest

The competition gives educators an opportunity to win one of two $1,500 scholarships to attend this year's ISTE 2010 conference in Denver in June.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2010

Free Resources: Shmoop's Learning Guides for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Shmoop, a Silicon Valley-based learning resource website, has compiled 47 free learning guides for high school students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 09 Feb 2010

World Book Introduces The World Book Encyclopedia 2010

The latest version of the 22-volume encyclopedia includes thousands of new and revised articles across all disciplines and topics. The World Book Web, World Book's online information portal, includes reference collections which offer all the articles in the print edition as well as thousands more from World Book's contributors.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2010

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature

For February 1, 2010: Want to create a list of high-quality children's literature or find out if a book has won an award? Search librarian Lisa Bartle's Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature.
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Facts On File Announces Launch of Writer’s Reference Center

From the mechanics of writing and grammar to style and research, the Writer's Reference Center online covers the fundamentals of quality writing and provides vocabulary-building reference dictionaries.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2010

H.W. Wilson Announces 16th Edition of Fiction Core Collection

A long-popular aid to collection development and maintenance, readers' advisory, and general reference, Fiction Core Collection highlights more than 11,300 novels, including analytic entries for novellas and novels published in composite works.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jan 2010

Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University

For December 15, 2009: Build a thematic unit by searching the Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University, a great tool for elementary teachers who want to create reading lists to complement the curriculum.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Dec 2009 By

A LOOK AT... Teacher Tools

The constant development of new and evolving internet and electronic technologies has resulted in the creation of an exciting variety of teacher tools for classroom use. The related changing nature of culture and the way students learn these days makes it imperative to adopt these digital tools in our schools. This article takes a look at a sampling of new or updated software, web-based services, and hardware that can be very useful in a variety of learning situations.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Grzimek's Animal Life

Sally Finley reviews Grzimek's Animal Life, an online animal reference database from Gale Cengage Learning.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

netTrekker, BrainPOP Offer Expanded Digital Resources for Classroom and At-Home Use

With BrainPOP's animated educational resources fully accessible from within the netTrekker search tool, subscribers have the option to upgrade their netTrekker accounts to include all BrainPOP products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Oct 2009

Encyclopaedia Britannica Added to Learn360 Service

A partnership with Encyclopaedia Britannica allows Learn360 to be the exclusive online digital streaming service to provide the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia to the educational market.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Oct 2009

Cool Links: Wolfram|Alpha Officially Announces New Web Site for Educators and Students

There's been a lot happening with Wolfram|Alpha since we linked you to an Information Today, Inc. NewsBreak on its arrival last May. Most recently, we noted—and are herewith passing on to you—an excellent posting at ResourceShelf on moves at Wolfram|Alpha on behalf of educators and students, including plans for an October 21 Homework Day Webcast.
News/Cool Links - Posted 12 Oct 2009

SirsiDynix Announces General Availability of SchoolRooms 3.0

SchoolRooms gives students access from a single interface to library resources, online databases, and approved web content alongside new and past curriculum specifically created for SchoolRooms users. Version 3.0 features new administration tools that allow teachers and librarians to customize and adapt the product to meet the needs of students and parents.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Oct 2009

H. W. Wilson Releases Tenth Edition of Middle & Junior High Core Collection

The latest edition of the collection development resource for school libraries lists over 8,000 recommended books, 2,000 more than the previous edition. It also features "short list" indicators for the "most highly recommended" works and more specific grade levels indicators than the previous edition.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Sep 2009

Susan Hixson reviews, a subscription-based online resource that provides access to thousands of interactive maps, videos, animated timelines, educational games, and educator resources for teaching earth science, geography, history, and social studies.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

Discovery Education Enhances Curricular Resources and Integration Tools

The upgrades and enhancements offer educators improved search capabilities, as well as expanded student access and new interactive games and tutorials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Aug 2009

H.W. Wilson, Follett Library Resources Announce Agreement to Distribute WilsonWeb Databases

Through its large direct sales force and ecommerce website TITLEWAVE, Follett Library Resources will sell subscriptions to resources on WilsonWeb
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jul 2009

New Round of Enhancements for WilsonWeb Database Service

The latest platform improvements make content available to a wider range of users, provide new customization options, and add tools to the "My WilsonWeb" personal user accounts within WilsonWeb.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jul 2009

Gale Announces the Transformation of Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia

The interactive online version will include information on more than 4,000 species, covering topics such as evolution, habitat, behavior, ontology, conservation status and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jul 2009

Alexander Street and Arcadia Publishing Launch Local History Collection

The collection, "Local and Regional History Online: A History of American Life in Images and Texts," includes hundreds of thousands of images and corresponding texts from every region and state in the U.S. and from many areas of Canada.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2009

ITI Cross Links: Wolfram Alpha--Semantic Search Is Born

It's the hot new ... what shall we call it? Search engine. No. Information tool? Maybe. How about "finding tool?" It's Wolfram Alpha. And as it's being written about by those in the information and search business, phrases like Web 3.0 and semantic search are coming into play. Woody Evans has written about it for Information Today. (From Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks.)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 22 May 2009

World Digital Library

For May 15, 2009: At the World Digital Library, your students can view primary sources of historical significance from around the world in multilingual formats.
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Alice Kurtz reviews eLibrary, a web-based collection of periodicals, images, learning resources, and teacher tools.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

LabQuest Library

Sally Finley reviews LabQuest Library, a LabQuest-focused toolkit that includes a lab creator, lab organizer, and links to LabQuest device upgrades.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By


Charles Doe reviews PebbleGo, a program designed to introduce database skills and research concepts to students in grades K-2.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

Partnering With the Public Library on Web 2.0 Tools for Student Research

Today, Web 2.0 tools make collaboration easier than ever, and your public librarian is there to help you navigate through them. While public libraries have many focuses, resources for children and teenagers are a mainstay of their programs and materials. These librarians work with the same students you do, just after school—helping with homework, research papers, and math problems, as well as finding the perfect novel for a historical fiction assignment. Why not work together during the school day? This collaboration can help you assist students to understand the Web 2.0 tools that can make research fun and invigorating, and it gives you a chance to share the workload.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

Cool Links: U.N. Launches Library of World's Knowledge

The World Digital Library has now gone live and was inaugurated today, April 21, 2009, at the UNESCO office in Paris. There's an excellent article about it on Washington that lays out the history, scope, and future plans for the project.
News/Cool Links - Posted 21 Apr 2009

World Book Introduces "How to Do Research" Resource for Educators and Students

"How to Do Research" offers online tutorials to better equip both students and educators with 21st century information literacy skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Apr 2009

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

For April 15, 2009: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History makes primary source documents and educational resources from all eras of American history available for free through the Institute's website.
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Facts On File Announces Launch of U.S. Government Online

Targeting civics and social studies classrooms and projects, the online resource features an easy-to-navigate interface, allowing students to fine-tune specific search topics for the core curriculum, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Apr 2009

Alexander Street Launches 'Music Online' Database

Music Online is a comprehensive resource for the study of classical, jazz, world, and American music that delivers audio recordings, video content, full-text reference materials, musical scores, liner notes, biographies, and images through a single interface.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Apr 2009

Free Database Trial: American History in Video

Gary Price's ResourceShelf tipped us off to a free trial, running through April 30, of Alexander Street Press's new database American History in Video. It is very much worth a look and a trial.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Mar 2009

H.W. Wilson Expands Customization Options in "My WilsonWeb"

Users can now save articles, searches, alerts, and preferences in private accounts within WilsonWeb.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Mar 2009

Miller & Levine Biology/

Sally Finley reviews, an online student and teacher edition of Pearson's "Miller & Levine Biology" textbook.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

World Book Student

Alice Kurtz reviews World Book Student, the redesigned and upgraded version of the World Book Online Reference Center.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

Learning Plans on Demand

Susan Hixson reviews Learning Plans on Demand, an online program that provides teaching tools for differentiating instruction, constructs response assessments, and offers tutorials and practice activities.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

World Book Announces New Gran Enciclopedia Hispánica

The latest addition to World Book Web includes more than 100,000 articles and thousands of images and multimedia resources for Spanish speakers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Feb 2009

Britannica Brings Great Books of the Western World to E-Book Format

The 60-volume set of classics published by Encyclopaedia Britannica is now available to libraries, universities, and schools in electronic form and distributed exclusively through Ingram Digital’s MyiLibrary aggregated e-book platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2009

Government Information Online: Ask a Librarian

For February 1, 2009: Through Government Information Online (GIO) you can ask questons of government information librarians who are experts at finding information from government agencies of all levels on almost any subject.
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FETC News: Thinkronize Announces netTrekker d.i.’s New “My Portfolio” Tool

“My Portfolio” allows educators to collaborate and share digital resources at school and district levels.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jan 2009

FETC News: Capstone Press Unveils New Database for K-2 Students

PebbleGo is a database designed specifically for K-2 emergent readers that introduces early learners to database and research concepts with information on hundreds of animals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jan 2009

ITI Cross Links: New eLibrary Interface Shows the Path for ProQuest

Searcher magazine editor Barbara Quint has another K-12-relevant NewsBreak we’d like to direct you to. She’s reported the news on ProQuest’s eLibrary interface in a January 15, 2009 story over at
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 15 Jan 2009

Cool Links: Role of School Libraries Changing in the 21st Century

All right, it’s not news to you that the role of school libraries is changing in the 21st century, but it’s nice to know that there are stories about this fact in the general press that reach the general public—your students’ parents. Here’s a link to one such story.
News/Cool Links - Posted 07 Jan 2009

H.W. Wilson Publishes the “Tenth Book of Junior Authors & Illustrators”

H.W. Wilson announced the electronic and print publication of the “Tenth Book of Junior Authors & Illustrators,” the newest volume in the series designed to acquaint readers with the creators of outstanding young adult and children’s books.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Dec 2008

Pearson’s “Miller & Levine Biology” Premieres New & Interactive Edition

Pearson’s “Miller & Levine Biology” premieres a new and interactive edition designed to take students on biology adventures and virtual journeys.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Dec 2008

World Book Online Reference Center Becomes World Book Student

A comprehensive upgrade to the World Book Online Reference Center, World Book Student adds dozens of new research tools, interactive features, and multimedia.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Dec 2008

ITI Cross Links: The Wisdom of Crowds of Librarians Is on the Way—In Time: Reference Extract

Searcher magazine editor Barbara Quint has done some research on the Reference Extract project involving OCLC and the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington, which she reports in an ITI NewsBreaks story. It’s a much deeper and more thorough look than you may have seen yet, so we recommend the read.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 01 Dec 2008

H.W. Wilson Introduces Current Issues: Environment

The new resource delivers examinations of such topics as Deforestation, Sustainable Agriculture, Clean Energy, Environmental Philosophy, Habitat Preservation, Invasive Species, and other important issues--more than 50 to start, plus a minimum of 10 new topics per year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Nov 2008

Cool Links: Librarians Want to Out-Google Google With a Better Search Engine

Here’s a link to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education—Wired Campus section that reports on a cool project for and by librarians and involving OCLC and the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington.
News/Cool Links - Posted 13 Nov 2008

Discovery Education Science for Elementary

Sally Finley takes a look at Discovery Education Science for Elementary, an online standards-based science curriculum.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

Follett Digital Resources Signs Four Publishers to eBook Distribution Agreements

The agreements bring to 46,900 the total number of K-12 and public library titles available for purchase online through parent company Follett’s ecommerce sites, Titlewave and Titletales.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2008

Free Resources: Discovery Ed’s New Teacher Survival Central

Discovery Education recently launched New Teacher Survival Central, a new Web site and partnership with Walden University, mimio, Adobe Systems, Inc., Elmer’s Products, Inc., and CDW-G.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Oct 2008

Banned Books Week 2008

Welcome to Banned Books Week—Sept. 27 to Oct. 4, 2008.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Sep 2008

EBSCO Publishing Introduces “Research Starters”

The databases aim to provide a gateway to resources needed for assignments, including quick access to key, related articles from EBSCOhost, which have been hand-picked by subject-matter experts and scholars.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Sep 2008

Cool Links: Forbes Magazine Article on Innovative Learning

The current issue of Forbes magazine (9/15) includes an article titled “Teaching to the New Test” written by Harvard Business School professors Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn.
News/Cool Links - Posted 12 Sep 2008

ISTE Classroom Observation Tool (ICOT)

The ISTE Classroom Observation Tool (ICOT) is a free online resource created to help guide teachers, administrators, and other educators as they observe and assess technology integration in classrooms.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue

Cool Links: Relaunches AskKids

The ResourceShelf folks recently briefly noted the relaunch of the AskKids search engine and interface, something we’ve been anticipating for quite a while now.
News/Cool Links - Posted 29 Aug 2008

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO's Online Presidential Election Classroom Resources

ABC-CLIO offers a new free online History & the Headlines resource, “Presidential Elections: In History & Today.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 29 Aug 2008

EBSCO Publishing and NewsBank Form Integrated Search Partnership

Customers subscribing to databases from EBSCOhost and NewsBank will be able to easily link to NewsBank results using the EBSCOhost interface based on an agreement between the two companies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Aug 2008

Free Resources: CoSN IT Disaster Recovery Checklist

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) provides a free online “Disaster Recovery Checklist.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 17 Aug 2008

H.W. Wilson Debuts Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective: 1900-1984

The H.W. Wilson Company is launching Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective: 1900-1984, a new resource that cites tens of thousands of essays from anthologies and other sources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Aug 2008

Thinkronize Makes Weekly Reader Express Available Via netTrekker d.i.

Subscribers of netTrekker d.i. will have the option to upgrade and receive Weekly Reader Express, a searchable compendium of articles, teacher’s guide materials, and reproducible activities from 11 Weekly Reader classroom magazines—including over 7,000 resources from 2000 to the present, with more added quarterly.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jul 2008

ERIC Now on WilsonWeb

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is now searchable as a WilsonWeb database.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jul 2008

World Book Introduces World Book Discover

The new online multimedia reference features text-to-speech capabilities, automated translation into 14 languages, life skills activities, and more for older students reading below grade level.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jul 2008

The Library of Congress Experience and

Alice Kurtz takes a look at two new web sites from the Library of Congress.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue By

Are Textbooks Becoming Extinct? Welcome to the Age of the Wikitext!

Imagine if textbooks were alive … living, changing, evolving, and improving … never out-of-date! … a textbook that would give students images, videos, and interactive tutorials about a subject, a vocabulary word, or a topic … a digital textbook that would be student-driven, a model for differentiated learning, and geared toward helping all students learn through visualization, interaction, and simulation. In the age of Web 2.0, all this and much more is possible. And it’s all at our students’ fingertips with just a click of a button. Welcome to the “Age of the Wikitext!”
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

Bridging the Gap: Tools for Elearning

In this article, Aline Soules discusses some current options for media specialists who want to adopt elearning tools and makes some suggestions about how to keep up … because, as she notes, "the pointers that will help you today will be old hat tomorrow and obsolete the day after."
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

H.W. Wilson Adds Biography Index Retrospective: 1946-1983 to WilsonWeb

With citations on people from antiquity through 1980s headlines, Biography Index Retrospective brings WilsonWeb searching to the in-depth data that earned Biography Index decades of popularity as a print reference.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Feb 2008

SMART-created Lesson Activities on Curriki Web Site

SMART Technologies announced the addition of 100 SMART-created lesson activities to the Curriki global education and learning community, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing free education materials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jan 2008

ProQuest Adds Multimedia Resources to CultureGrams Online

ProQuest is adding streaming video and slideshows to CultureGrams Online.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2008

Facts On File Launches Redesign of Health Reference Center

The redesigned database offers a new interface, greater functionality, new special features, a significant amount of new content, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jan 2008

Cool Links: Why Yahoo! Answers Is a Librarian's Worst Nightmare

As you can tell, this article in Slate online has little good to say about Yahoo's answer service. It's a good read!
News/Cool Links - Posted 07 Jan 2008

CYBERBEE: Reading Reconnaissance

Finding just the right book that will grab a student's interest is like looking for Waldo. Tracking down books that correlate with specific curriculum areas and topics for study can be daunting. What is a library media specialist to do? Use every tool in your arsenal as well as lessons and booklists that have already been prepared and are just waiting to be uncovered by the savvy searcher. This collection of websites will serve as a starting point in your quest to recommend the best books to meet the needs of students and teachers.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

The Power of RSS: Instant Information Updating Based on Quality Searches

RSS allows you to keep up with just about anything that you want to on the web. If you want to stay focused on the latest blog posts on the effect of global warming, RSS can help. If you just want to be updated whenever The New York Times publishes its latest book review, RSS can help. And, if you want to know when the next Dave Barry column appears, RSS can help. The greatest part of RSS is that it can do all of this in one place, without your needing to parade all over the web looking for the new content. RSS is a continuously updated customized online newspaper, and it can not only help you in locating new information (in fact, the content comes to you, not vice versa), but it can help you do it in a quarter of the time.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

Knowledge Adventure Activity Builder

Susan Hixson reviews Knowledge Adventure Activity Builder, an online teacher tool.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

Sally Ride Science K-12 Education Programs

Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, founded Sally Ride Science in 2001 to create programs and products designed to educate, entertain, engage, and inspire.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue

World Book Encyclopedia 2008 Edition Released

The encyclopedia includes access to The World Book Web, World Book's suite of online publications, featuring all the articles in the print edition as well as thousands more from World Book's contributors and access to additional resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Dec 2007

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO's “Chronicling Despair and Hope in Darfur”

ABC-CLIO expands its free online resources with “History and Headlines: Chronicling Despair and Hope in Darfur.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 04 Dec 2007

Free Resources: Merriam-Webster's Visual Dictionary Online

"Thousands of stunning images enhanced by clear and precise definitions from the visionaries at Merriam-Webster." Take a look!
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Nov 2007

WilsonWeb Offers Senior High Core Collection

The new edition of Senior High School Library Catalog is available in print and on WilsonWeb with a new name, expanded subject coverage, and new features.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Nov 2007

Free Resources: CoSN's Small District Tech Leader Wiki

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers a free Small School District Technology Leadership wiki created with support from the U.S. Department of Education.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Nov 2007

Rapid Resources

Susan Hixson reviews Rapid Resources, an online teacher's tool for differentiating instruction.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2008

Charles Doe reviews the tool package that includes Encarta Premium, Encarta Kids, Microsoft Math, Learning Essentials and more.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

Facts on File Adds Videos to Four History Databases

The videos include many clips from old newsreel footage. They offer a full-screen option, links to related records, and explanatory captions, and they require no downloads.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Oct 2007

“Current Issues in Health” Now on WilsonWeb

H.W. Wilson launched "Current Issues in Health," a database of articles designed to meet the educational and research needs of school and public libraries.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Oct 2007

Free Resources: Updated Online EdTech Grant Funding Directory

The updated edition of EdTech Online offers the latest information on federal grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education that support educational technology.
News/Free Resources - Posted 18 Oct 2007

Gale Unveils "Literature Criticism Online"

Literature Criticism Online provides access to hundreds of volumes from 10 Gale literary series.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 2007

Free Resources: Classroom Resources from ABC-CLIO Support “The War” on PBS

ABC-CLIO expands its free “History and the Headlines” online resources with “Double Victory—Minorities and Women During World War II,” material designed to support the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick PBS/WETA documentary, “The War.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Sep 2007

Free Resources: FileMaker Teacher Materials

FileMaker Pro Basics provides a comprehensive downloadable set of free training materials designed to help K-12 educators learn the essentials of creating FileMaker Pro databases.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Sep 2007

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO's “History and the Headlines--Constitution Day”

ABC-CLIO launches the first in its Fall 2007 lineup of free online reference and activity collections in a nod to Constitution Day (Monday, September 17).
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Sep 2007

Database News: What’s There, and What’s Coming Up, in the World of K–12 Content, Part 5

In this article, Part 5 of his series of reviews, Robert Congleton continues his conversations with representatives of vendors--in this case, ePals, LearningExpress, and Teen Health & Wellness--about how they are addressing the growing K–12 classroom reliance on electronic resources, the products they currently offer, and what new resources they plan to release in the near future. The article also describes updates on enhancements and new products that have been released in the last year by five of the vendors previously reviewed in this series: Gale, Greenwood Electronic Media,, World Book, Grolier Online/Scholastic, Inc.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

Charles Doe reviews, an online collection of instructional resources for PreK-6 educators.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

World Book Advanced

Susan Hixson reviews World Book Advanced, designed for use in high school and beyond. This database also has been used successfully in middle schools.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

ProQuest African Writers Series Digital Collection

ProQuest’s African Writers Series offers a digital collection of key texts in 20th century African literature.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue

WilsonWeb Debuts Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective

H.W. Wilson launched Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective: 1913 – 1983, a database of historical content from the H.W. Wilson references Applied Science & Technology Index and Industrial Arts Index.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Aug 2007

Gale Welcomes Elsevier to Gale Virtual Reference Library

Elsevier is the newest publishing partner on Gale Virtual Reference Library and the 38th publisher with content housed on Gale’s enhanced platform for delivering electronic reference materials as eBooks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Aug 2007

ProQuest Announces Name Change to Voyager Learning Company

The name change is being made pursuant to the terms of the sale of ProQuest Information and Learning to Cambridge Information Group (CIG) in February 2007.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jul 2007

Free Resources: The Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Online History Resources

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers a free online slide show titled “Wilberforce, Lincoln, and the Abolition of Slavery” and other online resources for teachers and students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 Jul 2007

World Book Advanced Integrates Primary, Secondary Source Databases

A key feature of World Book Advanced is its integrated content, allowing students to search across a vast collection of primary source documents, e-books, and encyclopedia articles as well as multimedia elements, editor-selected Web sites, current magazine selections, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2007

Gale Improves Literature Resource Center

Thomson Gale announced that Literature Resource Center has been significantly enhanced by the first major update made since the program’s launch 10 years ago.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2007

Intelliboard Whiteboards Now Include Britannica

A copy of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite 2007 DVD is now distributed at no cost with every Intelliboard interactive whiteboard.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Jun 2007

Facts On File Announces Updates For Science Online

Science Online will now be kept current with regularly updated science news stories. Three headlines of top stories will be featured on the home page under the “Science in the News” heading.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Jun 2007

Facts On File Announces Complete Redesign of Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

The redesigned home page has a new look and allows users to more easily access the database’s wide-ranging content, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jun 2007

ITI Crosslinks: Thomson Gale Launches New Social Issues Site

Thomson Gale has introduced a new reference Web site called WiseTo Social Issues, a site dedicated to comprehensively exploring today’s hottest and most divisive topics. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks Weekly News Digest)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 07 May 2007

ebrary Signs Five New Publishing Partners Including ABC-CLIO and Temple University Press

These new publishing partners will allow their content to be available to libraries worldwide through the ebrary platform, under a variety of pricing and access models.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 May 2007

Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society

Reviewer Alice Kurtz takes a look at Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society, a ready-reference database that examines today's major social issues.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

Building Enthusiasm for a New Library

Sarah Cooper teaches at an independent school where a new library is being built. “Once this facility opens in September 2007, we want our students and teachers to use it as an intellectual hub for innovative research projects,” she writes. In this article, she describes the successful methods and tactics she and her team are using to make sure this happens.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

Thomson Gale Adds Critical Thinking Component to Opposing Viewpoints

The new Critical Thinking module of Thomson Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center offers activities, assessments, and tools that encourage students to interact with, argue about, and analyze issues and concepts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Apr 2007

Evan-Moor Offers, a subscription-based print-on-demand library, provides 7,000 supplemental learning activities across the elementary school curriculum, from Pre-K through grade 6.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Apr 2007

Free Resources: Library of Congress/National Endowment for the Humanities' “Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers”

“Chronicling America” is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress created to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with select digitization of historic pages as well as information about newspapers from 1690 to the present.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Apr 2007

ITI Cross Links: Thomson Gale Launches New Reference Web Site

Thomson Gale has launched WiseTo Social Issues, a new reference Web site dedicated to exploring divisive topics. (From Information Today, Inc.'s
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 10 Apr 2007

EBSCO’s NoveList Plus Nonfiction Readers’ Advisory Service Coming Soon

NoveList Plus represents the most significant development effort in this product line since NoveList was first introduced in 1994, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Apr 2007

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Looks at the Global Fishing Crisis

This month, examines the global fishing crisis from a number of perspectives.
News/Free Resources - Posted 01 Apr 2007

Points of View Reference Center Now Available from EBSCO Publishing

The new database offers full-text information for opposing viewpoints on key issues
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2007

Math FACTMASTER In Online Edition

Math FACTMASTER for grades one through six is now available in an online edition.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Mar 2007

Wilson Library Bulletin Now Online in Full Text

Wilson Library Bulletin, the trade magazine for librarians published from 1914 to 1995, is now available on two H.W. Wilson library and information science databases.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2007

Great Source iwrite

Charles Doe reviews Great Source iwrite, a free Web-based writing resource for grades 5-12.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By


Susan Hixson reviews WebLesssons, an online multimedia resource that replaces the typical browser window with a student learning path.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By

H.W. Wilson Adds More Teaching Resources to Science Full Text Select

H.W. Wilson announced the addition of 28 science education journals to its Science Full Text Select database.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2007

Facts On File Announces a New Look for Curriculum Resource Center

The extensive revamping includes a fresh new design and a considerable amount of new content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Feb 2007

Facts On File Announces the Launch of Bloom’s Literary Reference Online

The database is a redesign of Facts On File’s Literary Reference Online, which has been thoroughly revised and expanded. The new name reflects the inclusion of literary criticism and the Western Canon from the academic Harold Bloom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Jan 2007

Thinkronize Forms Partnerships to Enhance netTrekker d.i. User Experience

Collaborations add new educational multimedia resources, plus new ways for users to access netTrekker d.i.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jan 2007

AOL@SCHOOL and Intellext Team to Launch Study Tool for Students and Teachers

The free AOL@SCHOOL Desktop Sidebar is designed to help students find the best K-12 educational content on the Internet while they do their homework without having to search, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2007

EBSCO Publishing Redesigns Searchasaurus Interface

The newly revised interface builds upon the attributes of the original version while incorporating new ideas including those offered by EBSCO’s customers, advisory boards, and software council.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2007

ABC-CLIO Releases Latest Database, Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society

The new database combines authoritative research sources, inquiry-based teaching and study tools, and integrated current events aligned to social studies standards and curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jan 2007

Rand McNally Classroom

Susan Hixson reviews Rand McNally Classroom, a Web site designed for teaching the K-12 curriculum in social studies, history and geography.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Celebrates Poetry Month with Free Web Site

Thomson Gale is supporting National Poetry Month (April) with Poet’s Corner, a free Web site.
News/Free Resources - Posted 30 Dec 2006

IT Cross Links: ProQuest Information and Learning Goes to CSA--What Now?

Barbara Quint reports details of the sale, as well as reactions to and prognostications about it. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 27 Dec 2006

The Library of Congress Launches RSS Feeds

The Library of Congress has launched a series of news feeds using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) technology. The new services offers bulletins on news, events, and additions to the LOC Web site.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Dec 2006

ProQuest Launches One Click Searching

Using On Click, users in a library with databases on the ProQuest platform can enter search terms in any of those databases and the results screen will include links to full text from the library’s own e-collection.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Dec 2006

ITI Cross Links: Cambridge Information Group to Acquire ProQuest Information and Learning

Cambridge Information Group has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProQuest Information and Learning , a segment of ProQuest Co. for about $222 million. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks Weekly News Digest)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 18 Dec 2006

H.W. Wilson Launches Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective

H.W. Wilson announced the January WilsonWeb launch of Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective: 1905-1983, a wide-ranging retrospective article index.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Dec 2006

ITI Cross Links: Microsoft Launches Live Search Books

Greg Notess has a full report on the launch of the beta version of Microsoft's books database. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 12 Dec 2006

ITI Cross Links: Google Shutters Its Answers Service

Over at Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks site, they're continuing to report on happenings of interest to the librarian community at Google. Just today, Tara Calishain's story on the closing of Google Answers appeared. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 04 Dec 2006

H.W. Wilson Expands Art Museum Image Gallery

H. W. Wilson has added approximately 62,000 images to its Art Museum Image Gallery database, an art image reference source on the WilsonWeb database service.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Dec 2006

EBSCOhost Offers “New Features” Area

EBSCO Publishing introduced a new way for users to learn about EBSCOhost interface enhancements.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Dec 2006

Fact Monster

For December 1, 2006: Fact Monster, a great, free research, homework help, and just plain fun site from Information Please, provides loads of features targeted to students.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Dec 2006 By

Facts On File News Services Releases Issues & Controversies in American History Database

Comprised of concise, balanced original articles, primary source documents, diaries, speeches, and interviews, the database is targeted to grades 7 and up, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2006

Thinkronize Announces Addition of Canadian Resources to netTrekker

A team of Canadian educators who are specialists in their content areas worked with Thinkronize to identify and evaluate high quality resources that specifically support Canadian teachers and students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2006

Sagebrush Education Resources Offers State Alignments

The online Sagebrush Education bookstore at now offers titles aligned to state curriculum standards in all 50 states for the core subject areas of Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2006

netTrekker Includes Teachers’ Domain

netTrekker now includes access to Teachers’ Domain, the result of a partnership between Thinkronize, the developer of the netTrekker educational search products, and WGBH Educational Foundation, the producer of Teachers’ Domain.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Nov 2006

ITI Cross Links: Google Book Search Has Far to Go

Author, librarian, and database expert Mick O’Leary turns his discerning and skeptical eye to Google Book Search in this Information Today article. From Information Today, Inc.'s Information Today monthly.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 06 Nov 2006 Resources Now Available to netTrekker d.i. Subscribers

Schools and districts can now purchase access to as a content upgrade to netTrekker d.i.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2006

DATABASE NEWS: What's There, and What's Coming Up, in the World of K–12 Content, Part 4

In part 4 of his series on database vendors, author Robert Congleton describes updates on enhancements and new products that have been released in the last year by seven of the vendors reviewed in parts 1 and 2 of the series: Greenwood Electronic Media, netTrekker, NewsBank, ProQuest Information and Learning, Thomson Gale, H.W. Wilson, and World Book.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue By

Free Resources: Online Archaeology Resources for K-12

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) offers a variety of free online resources for K-12 educators and students, including curriculum information, lesson plans, bibliographies, and teacher workshops.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Oct 2006

Cool Links: “Resources for Finding Real-Time ‘News Photos’ on the Web”

Gary Price and his ResourceShelf team are so concise and so “on target” with this particular ResourceShelf item on finding real-time news photos that we just have to point you to it.
News/Cool Links - Posted 20 Oct 2006

Thomson Gale Applies Lexiles to Databases

The Lexile Framework for Reading matches students and content to improve reading comprehension across the curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2006

Discovery Education to Create Lesson Plans Featuring unitedstreaming and Google Earth

Educators can now help their students gain a deeper understanding of the world by blending unitedstreaming’s broadband videos on historical, geographical, or other subjects with Google Earth’s cutting-edge geography content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2006

The Scoop on Google for Educators

On October 11, Google very quietly launched Google for Educators, a site that pulls together access to and, in a sense, annotates a whole bunch of Google features, tools, and resources in a way that will make them easier for educators to find, understand, and use for teaching purposes. Read all about it!
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2006

Free Resources: NationMaster

Nope, not a massively multiplayer online war simulation game nor a superhero character. NationMaster is “a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. … a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 09 Oct 2006

Free Resources: World Book’s ‘Causes and Effects of Global Warming’

The new feature in World Book’s Online Reference Center is intended to help students and their parents better understand the issues around global warming, from the science to the politics.
News/Free Resources - Posted 04 Oct 2006

CoSN Launches Value of Investment in Technology Program

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers a new leadership initiative, Value of Investment (VOI) for ed tech.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Oct 2006

Free Resources: National Science Foundation Online Lessons and Web Resources

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers an online collection of lessons and Web resources, most of which come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL).
News/Free Resources - Posted 29 Sep 2006 Observes Banned Books Week

Among the features and services is a Banned Books Week display that highlights the books of author Robie Harris and illustrator Michael Emberley. They are the creators of the most challenged book of 2005.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 2006

ITI Cross Links: NewsBank’s Readex Launches New Interface for Newspaper Collections

The new interface is for Readex’s Web-based America’s Historical Newspapers collection, which includes Early American Newspapers, Series I, II, and III, 1690-1922. (From Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks Weekly News Digest)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 18 Sep 2006

ITI Cross Links: ProQuest Information and Learning Launches New Version of Its Full-Image Newspaper Collection

PressDisplay 3.0 adds features and functionality—including cross-searching of the entire archive of titles—to the collection. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks Weekly News Digest)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 18 Sep 2006

Discovery Education’s COSMEO Plans New, Expanded Features and Content This Fall

New this fall will be expanded textbook-aligned content, enhanced reference resources, and more videos, including Discovery Channel’s MythBusters.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Sep 2006

H.W. Wilson’s Children’s Catalog on WilsonWeb

All content from the upcoming 19th edition of Children’s Catalog is now available on WilsonWeb.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Sep 2006

Scholastic’s Grolier Online Offers Lexile Measures for More Than 115,000 Articles

The reading measure allows media specialists and teachers to match students with non-fiction content written at their appropriate reading level.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Sep 2006

World Book, Inc. Introduces World Book Kids Online

The site starts with content from World Book’s Student Discovery Encyclopedia and adds activities that apply to the thousands of articles to provide students with an active learning environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Sep 2006

EBSCO’s NoveList Offers First Chapters

The NoveList readers’ advisory service now includes first chapters for more than 14,000 fiction titles.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2006

DATABASE NEWS: What’s There, and What’s Coming Up, in the World of K–12 Content, Part 3

In part 3 of his series on database vendors, author Robert Congleton reports on three companies he is covering for the first time--Encyclopaedia Britannica, Grolier Online, and TeachingBooks--and on enhancements and new products from three of the vendors reviewed in parts 1 and 2 of the series: ABC-CLIO Schools, EBSCO Publishing, and Facts On File.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

EBSCO Publishing and ABC-CLIO Announce New Partnership

Users of ABC-CLIO’s Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life databases can now link directly from relevant journal article citations in those resources to the corresponding full text in EBSCO’s online databases via EBSCOhost.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2006

ITI Cross Links: Google Book Search Adds Big, Brave Partner--The University of California

It's been almost 2 years since Google dramatically expanded its book digitization program--originally known as Google Print but now called Google Book Search--from only having publisher partners to including five major research libraries. Now, another major research institution has joined the Google book Search library program. Barbara Quint has the story. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 14 Aug 2006

H.W. Wilson Announces Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus

The new WilsonWeb database will streamline research on today's most important topics, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Aug 2006

H.W. Wilson Launches Spell Checker for WilsonWeb

WilsonWeb's new Spell Checker is one of many new WilsonWeb enhancements recently introduced in response to customer requests.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jul 2006

Facts On File Announces Launch of Redesigned History Online Databases

The redesign features a sharp new look, a user-friendly interface, increased functionality, and lots of additional content, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jul 2006

Thinkronize, FSCreations Partner to Provide Convenient Access to Remediation Content

The newest version of FSCreations’ ExamView integrates netTrekker resources for immediate reinforcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2006

Thinkronize Adds Text-to-Speech Support to netTrekker

netTrekker d.i’s new Read Aloud feature is designed to support special needs learners.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jul 2006


Susan Hixson takes a look at Cosmeo, the Web-based homework help resource from Discovery Education.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

The Changing Face of the Scholarly Web: Finding Free, Quality, Full-Text Articles, Books, and More! [Available Full-Text, Free]

The scholarly Web is getting noticed more because of new digitization initiatives underway and the enormous publicity search leaders are receiving for their fledgling work. Many librarians and researchers seem to be pleasantly surprised by the continually changing face of the scholarly Web and its freely available quality full-text offerings. This article brings together pertinent resources on the free Web of interest to anyone, including librarians and other educators, who conducts research and would like to easily supplement their currently available holdings, in print and electronic formats and via commercial vendors’ fee-based subscription databases, within their own libraries.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

H.W. Wilson Announces Biography Index: Past & Present

The new database features all the up-to-date content of the reference standard Biography Index plus over 60 years of retrospective content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jun 2006

SirsiDynix K-12 SchoolRooms Project

SirsiDynix and INFOhio, the Information Network for Ohio Schools, announced that 140 librarians and educators in Ohio are creating content for SirsiDynix SchoolRooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jun 2006

EBSCO To Release Education Research Complete

At the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in New Orleans this week, EBSCO Publishing announced the upcoming release of Education Research Complete.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jun 2006

Discovery Education Launches the Next Generation of unitedstreaming

The newly updated unitedstreaming video-on-demand service will include new multimedia assets, live curriculum-based Web seminars led by education technology experts, and hundreds of additional educational video titles.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jun 2006

Science Reference Center Now Available From EBSCO

EBSCO’s Science Reference Center is a resource designed to support middle and high school curriculum by encompassing all disciplines of science.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jun 2006

Free Resources: World Book’s “Hurricanes!” Feature

World Book’s hurricane feature offers a comprehensive overview of hurricanes, including how they originate and travel as well as their impact on both the coastal and marine ecosystems.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Jun 2006

World Book Announces New Online Reference Center Special Feature—Mars: Exploring the Red Planet

The new feature taps NASA and many leading experts in space exploration to provide a detailed overview of Mars.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2006

Development of the Industrial U.S. Reference Library

The Development of the Industrial U.S. Reference Library, published by UXL, covers the history of America during the second half of the 19th century, a time when the country began its march toward the role of the wealthiest and most powerful industrial nation in the world.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

The Education Desktop

The Education Desktop is a customized Internet portal for teachers and students that provides access to education-appropriate applications and tools.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

KnowledgeBox 4.0

KnowledgeBox 4.0 is the newest release of the K–6 learning system that provides digital standards-based multimedia resources for reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue

New Edition of H.W. Wilson’s Fiction Catalog Now Available

The Fifteenth Edition of the Fiction Catalog is available on WilsonWeb and in print.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Apr 2006

Holt Science Texts to Include New

Teachers using science textbooks published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston will have free access to online science resources from New Scientist magazine.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Apr 2006

Clip Art Station Launches with Thousands of Photos for K-12

The newly-launched Clip Art Station ( offers a library of more than 2,000 categorized photographs designed to meet the needs of K-12 educators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Apr 2006

netTrekker d.i. Provides Readability Ratings

netTrekker d.i. now includes readability ratings for its bank of online classroom resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Mar 2006

Questia Launches Lesson Plans for Teachers

Questia Lesson Plans are the latest addition to Questia Classroom, the teacher and student resource center that integrates the company’s digital library content into class instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Mar 2006

Free Resources: EBSCO’s History and Reading Web-based Resources

EBSCO Publishing launched two free Web-based resources for school libraries: History-It’s Happening! and It’s a Reading Rave!
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Mar 2006

ITI Cross Links: Major Upgrade to EBSCOhost Includes Visual Search

EBSCO has done a full-scale revision of the interface to the EBSCOhost service, which the company introduced in 1996. The revision adds many advanced features, including, most importantly, a new Visual Search option from its partner Groxis. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 20 Mar 2006

Discovery Communications Launches COSMEO Online Homework Help Tool

The broadband educational video service has been designed for “kids who live and learn online.”
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2006

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Offers Earth Day Materials

Thomson Gale provides free online access to a variety of Earth Day-related materials, including experiments, information on the environment, related Web links, tools for teachers and parents, and environment-focused Thomson Gale titles.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Mar 2006

H.W. Wilson’s Art Museum Image Gallery Adds Images from the Indianapolis Museum of Art

The images--including works by such giants as Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, and others--now join some 100,000 works in total on the WilsonWeb reference database Art Museum Image Gallery.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2006

EBSCO Publishing Introduces the Literary Reference Center

The new database features many of the most important literary studies resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Mar 2006

ITI Cross Links: Wikipedia and Britannica—The Kid’s All Right (And So’s the Old Man)

Over at Barbara Quint’s Searcher magazine, information professional Paula Berinstein has written an article that delves deeply into both these products … who uses them, who writes for them, what they’re trying to be, how their articles are produced, their reliability, and more. (From Information Today, Inc.’s Searcher magazine)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 03 Mar 2006

Helping Students Make the Jump to University Level Research

Many students experience "library anxiety" when making the switch from high school to college. While school librarians do an excellent job teaching information literacy skills to their students, they may find themselves asking, "What other skills are important for my students to learn before they leave high school, and what resources are available for them?" Having worked for years as a librarian and with librarians in school and academic settings, the authors offer solid advice and ideas for school librarians to help students bridge the gap between the high school library and academic libraries.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

Helping Students Make the Jump to University Level Research

Many students experience "library anxiety" when making the switch from high school to college. While school librarians do an excellent job teaching information literacy skills to their students, they may find themselves asking, "What other skills are important for my students to learn before they leave high school, and what resources are available for them?" Having worked for years as a librarian and with librarians in school and academic settings, the authors offer solid advice and ideas for school librarians to help students bridge the gap between the high school library and academic libraries.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

Cool Links: So Long, Mr. Jeeves, is Here

Gary Price has posted a noteworthy article on ResourceShelf covering changes at Ask Jeeves … and in his own professional life.
News/Cool Links - Posted 27 Feb 2006

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Content for Women’s History Month

Thomson Gale has announced the launch of a Web site of biographies, quizzes, activities, timelines, and more to complement classroom topics.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Feb 2006

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Looks at the Winter Olympics

This month, the National Geographic Web site examines the Winter Olympics in a variety of online feature articles.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Feb 2006

Thinkronize Announces netTrekker Links to Promethean Resources

Thinkronize’s netTrekker d.i. search engine will now feature links to Promethean lesson plans and resources for educators to use with their ACTIVclassroom solutions including the ACTIVboard, Promethean’s interactive whiteboard.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2006

Play Index Dramatic Resource Now Available on WilsonWeb

Play Index, applauded by Reference Quarterly as “the preeminent play-finding index,” is now available as a WilsonWeb online reference.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2006

Free Resources: Martin Luther King Jr. Newspaper Archive

Thanks again to Gary Price’s ResourceShelf for a valuable pointer, this time to the Martin Luther King Jr. Newspaper Archive from
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Jan 2006

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Launches Web Site to Celebrate Black History Month

The site is designed to help students, teachers, and families celebrate the month.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Jan 2006

Free Resources: Dickens' A Christmas Carol in askSam Searchable E-Book format

askSam Systems keeps on adding to its free, searchable collection of literature works online.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Dec 2005

Sagebrush Announces Pinpoint v2.0, Upgraded Integrated Search Tool

Pinpoint helps students access and use the best district resources for learning by gathering, evaluating, ranking, and reporting the most relevant results (as defined by the district) from multiple sources simultaneously, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Dec 2005

ITI Cross Links: More on ProQuest's Black Studies Center

Another Information Today, Inc. e-publication has published a story on ProQuest's Black Studies Center. This one is an in-depth report for NewsBreaks by ITI News Bureau Chief Paula Hane. (From Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 06 Dec 2005

ITI Cross Links: ProQuest Launches Black Studies Center

The Black Studies Center is intended to record and illuminate the Black experience, from ancient Africa through modern times. (From Information Today, Inc.'s
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 02 Dec 2005

Free Resources: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in askSam Searchable E-Book

askSam continues to expand its free, searchable collection of important works online.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Nov 2005

H.W. Wilson Releases New Middle and Junior HS Library Catalog

The new edition includes coverage of timely new topics of interest to middle school students and educators, as well as expanded coverage of Web resources, periodicals and graphic novels.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Nov 2005

H.W. Wilson’s Book Review Digest Turns 100

Book Review Digest, available in both print and on WilsonWeb, joins the company of reference icon Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature as an H.W. Wilson product in service to library users for more than 100 years.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2005

What's a Wiki? A Powerful Collaborative Tool for Teaching and Learning. That's What!

Will Richardson, supervisor of instructional technology at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Fleming, N.J., and now a well-known speaker on cutting-edge educational uses of the Web, has written a book to be published by Corwin Press in February 2006 entitled An Educator's Guide to Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Cool New Tools That Are Transforming the Classroom. This article is adapted from a chapter of that book, with permission from the publisher.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

CYBERBEE: Handy Reference Tools

Linda Joseph's CyberBee this month offers a wide assortment of reference resources including online almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and map and statistics collections.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

Digging into Databases--Using Databases to Inspire Novel Approaches to Creating Curriculum [Available Full-Text, Free]

Databases can inspire novel approaches to creating curriculum. As teachers become familiar with them, their thinking about lesson planning and student research often moves in innovative directions. In this article, Sarah Cooper describes five projects through which librarians can take the lead in helping history and English teachers see the potential of this new world of sources. Included is coverage of database resources from Accessible Archives, Country Watch, EBSCO, Gale, JSTOR, LexisNexis, NewsBank, The OED Online, and ProQuest.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

EDITOR'S NOTES: Nuts and Bolts and Other, Newer Tools of the Trade

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

ABC-CLIO Announces Latest Subscription Web Site: United States At War—Understanding Conflict and Society

The Web site will look at 14 American-involved wars and allow users to compare the military, economic, and social aspects of each conflict. A 30-day free preview is available.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2005

EBSCOhost Databases Offer Expanded Image Collections

More than 98,000 images have been added, from sources including Getty Images, United Press International, and the Motion Picture & Television Archive.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2005

EBSCO Adds Content to BookSource: Nonfiction Database

BookSource: Nonfiction now features more than 3,100 nonfiction books, including 1,300 that are part of the Accelerated Reader (AR) program used by many schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2005

New Kids Search Interface Enhances Access to EBSCO’s K-6 Databases

Kids Search combines a state-of-the-art search engine (powered by EBSCOhost) with a child-friendly, graphically-rich design.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2005

Thomson Gale Announces Launch of ClassTrac

The Web-enabled resource delivers timely content to K-12 classroom, is aligned to state standards, correlated to adopted textbooks, and extends the life of those textbooks, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Oct 2005

ITI Cross Links: Update on ERIC

Information Today, Inc. News Bureau Chief Paula Hane writes that "The venerable ERIC database has been undergoing an extensive restructuring and modernization program ... " (From Information Today, Inc.'s NewsLink)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 04 Oct 2005

Free Resources: Shakespeare’s Macbeth in askSam Searchable Database

The individual scenes are divided into separate documents in the database, allowing users to easily search and locate scenes pertaining to specific topics, according to askSam Systems.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Sep 2005

H.W. Wilson Announces Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982

Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982 is an online record of books and reviews reflecting nearly eight decades of the library reference standard Book Review Digest.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Sep 2005

Thomson Gale Announces Redesigned Web Site

The new Thomson Gale site has been designed to help visitors find more targeted information more quickly.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Sep 2005

Free Resources: CNN Student News Resources On Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath

CNN Student News has many educational resources available to assist educators teach the destruction and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Check out these links.
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 Sep 2005

Free Resources: The New York Times Learning Network Constitution Day Web Pages

For Constitution Day in mid-September, there are lesson plans, crosswords, Q&A opportunities with Times reporters …. Good stuff!
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Sep 2005

CYBERBEE: We the People: Constitution and Citizenship Day

Linda Joseph's CyberBee offers a wide assortment of resources to help you with activities for your class in support of Constitution and Citizenship Day, coming up this month.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Sep 2005 - Sep/Oct 2005 Issue By

Facts on File News Services Offers Free Database Access

Facts on File News Services celebrates 65 years of service to libraries by offering free database access during the months of September and October 2005.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Aug 2005

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Focuses on Africa

The National Geographic Web site takes a long look at Africa, in partnership with the magazine's Africa-themed September issue.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Aug 2005

Cool Links: Ask Jeeves Unleashes More Smart Answers

ResourceShelf’s Gary Price notes that “… the Ask Jeeves of 2005 is not the same poor … service that was around in 1998 or 1999” and discusses new additions to their Smart Answers program.
News/Cool Links - Posted 25 Aug 2005

Free Resources: In the First Person, from Alexander Street Press

Alexander Street Press’ new database is “an index to letters, diaries, oral histories, and other personal narratives.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Aug 2005

ITI Cross Links: Questia Enhances Online Library Collection With Lexiles

More than a million articles plus 60,000 books in Questia's collection now incorporate The Lexile Framework for Reading. (From Information Today, Inc.'s
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 17 Aug 2005 Pioneers Accessibility Features

The official site of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling ( is now accessible to disabled, deaf, and visually impaired Internet users.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Aug 2005

NBII’s Children’s Butterfly Web site

For August 1, 2005: Glorious to look at and a breeze to navigate, the Children’s Butterfly Web site is a great exploration starting point for students.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Aug 2005 By

More News from NECC: BrainPOP Offers Standards Correlation Service

The new search tool will allow teachers to sort through more than 500 BrainPOP topics by state, grade level, and subject and will provide them with specific indications as to the degree to which BrainPOP content conforms to any given state’s educational standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2005

DATABASE NEWS: What’s There and What’s Coming Up in the World of K–12 Content, Part 2

In Part 2 of his Database News series, Robert Congleton looks at the products offered by Facts On File, Greenwood Electronic Publishing, netTrekker, NewsBank, and World Book.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

EDITOR'S NOTES: A Resource for Your Summer Planning Time

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

E-Book Resources for the School Library [Available Full-Text, Free]

For this article, Audrey Church surveyed a number of e-book providers about their offerings to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the free and fee-based e-book content that's available today, as well as the sophisticated ways that content can be presented, searched, and otherwise worked with. Read on to see what's available from Project Gutenberg, Great Books Online, International Children's Digital Library, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Greenwood Publishing Group-eBooks, Follett Library Resource Company, Questia, and more.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

News@NECC: Thinkronize, Inc. Introduces netTrekker d.i.

The new Internet search tool allows educators to more easily differentiate their instruction for each student, matching educator-selected, standards-based online resources to individual students’ learning needs, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2005

News@NECC: Sunburst Technology Launches New Online Portal for Teachers

Powered by the online learning environment, Sunburst’s portal offers teachers an economical selection of classroom tools and resources that they can use immediately, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2005

EBSCO's Secondary-Level Student Research Center Search Interface Now Available

EBSCO’s optional new interface, an alternative to EBSCOhost, provides secondary school students with an enhanced search experience, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jun 2005

ITI Cross Links: Readex Announces Digital Edition of American Broadsides and Ephemera

Readex's collection of primary sources will include approximately 15,000 broadsides from the 19th century. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 20 Jun 2005

Cool Links: The Literary Encyclopedia

The Literary Encyclopedia is written and owned by a global network of scholars and researchers (above 1,000 and rising steadily) who are committed to making the publication into one of the most rewarding sites on the internet, according to the Web site. Definitely worth a visit, according to us.
News/Cool Links - Posted 16 Jun 2005

From the Library of Congress—Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier

A cooperative effort between the National Library of Spain and the Library of Congress, the redesigned site has added materials from the collections of the National Library of Spain.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jun 2005

Scholastic Library Publishing Unveils Enhanced Grolier Online

There are new, age-specific home pages and more powerful search capabilities in this latest Grolier, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jun 2005

Art Museum Image Gallery Debuts on H.W. Wilson’s WilsonWeb

H.W. Wilson will offer the Art Image Database to replace the AMICO Library, which is ceasing publication in July.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Jun 2005

Cool Links: About Google Print

Since Google wants to “organize the world’s information,” the company is working toward making book content searchable and available from its new Google Print Web site. Learn about it, then try it out in beta.
News/Cool Links - Posted 01 Jun 2005

ITI Cross Links: Library of Congress Joins Internet2

The LOC will connect to one of Internet2’s high performance networks; one benefit will be to its educational outreach programs. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 31 May 2005

ITI Cross Links: Thomson Gale Offers Customized Collection-Creation Tool in Virtual Reference Library; Adds Content to Databases

Thomson Gale has announced the newest enhancement to Gale's Virtual Reference Library, the eBook Subcollection Manager, plus enhancements and additional entries to databases. (From Information Today, Inc.'s
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 27 May 2005

EBSCO Publishing Offers Enhanced Versions of NoveList and NoveList K-8

Improvements include enhancements requested by existing NoveList and NoveList K-8 customers, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 May 2005

EBSCO Publishing Introduces Humanities International Complete Database

EBSCO's Humanities International Complete provides humanities content via the full text of hundreds of journals, books, and other published sources from around the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 May 2005

Free Resources: National Geographic’s Strange Days on Planet Earth Web Site

National Geographic and PBS have created a series of four television documentaries and a complementary Web site, all under the moniker Strange Days on Planet Earth, that make for a riveting 21st-century media approach to studying environmental issues.
News/Free Resources - Posted 18 May 2005

Cools Links: Google Scholar is Now Open to All Libraries

For those of you working with secondary/college prep students preparing for university-level research, this may be of interest: Gary Price, in a ResourceShelf article, and Barbara Quint, in an Information Today, Inc. NewsBreak, recently weighed in on Google Scholar on the occasion of Google’s announcement that the pilot is being expanded.
News/Cool Links - Posted 18 May 2005

Marquis Who’s Who Releases Digitized Historical Biographies

The launch of Who’s Who in American History, with more than 70,000 historical biographies, represents the first phase of a major digitization initiative by Marquis Who’s Who.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 May 2005

CIA World Factbook 2005 Now Available

Although this CIA reference site provides information as of 1 January 2005, it will be updated biweekly throughout the year to provide wide-ranging information about the background, geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for all included countries.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 May 2005

Educational Resources Offers Promotion for Summer Sessions

Reseller Educational Resources is offering schools a free three-month subscription to the collection of online curriculum and other resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Apr 2005

Project MUSE Offers Special Pricing for School Libraries

Online journal provider Project Muse is offering high school libraries its full collection for $1,000 per year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Apr 2005

EBSCO Publishing Introduces Advanced Placement Source

EBSCO's new database is designed to provide high school students with resources for advanced studies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2005

ProQuest Introduces the MLA Module for Literature Online

ProQuest's database provides a new look and new functionality to the Modern Language Association International Bibliography, making millions of records accessible and searchable online, along with links to full text.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Apr 2005

H.W. Wilson Upgrades WilsonWeb Information System

News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Mar 2005

Facts On File’s Health Reference Center Gets New Content and Layout

News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Mar 2005

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Database Promotion for National Library Week

News/Free Resources - Posted 18 Mar 2005

ITI Cross Links: Thomson Gale Adds Content to Databases

(From Information Today, Inc.'s
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 18 Mar 2005

Free Resources: New York Public Library Introduces Online Archive of 275,000 Images

News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Mar 2005

ITI Cross Links: Review

The Iditarod dog sled race starts March 5. Here's a review by Sally Finley of a Web site offering lots of learning opportunities built around the race. (From Information Today, Inc.'s MultiMedia & Internet@Schools -- Yes, that's us, right here!)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 04 Mar 2005

This Web site features information and activities related to the annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race held in Alaska each March--this year starting March 5
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

DATABASE NEWS: What's There, and What's Coming Up, in the World of K-12 Content­, Part 1

To give MMIS readers a baseline on K-12 database content and an idea of what's coming up, the author recently spoke with representatives of a number of major vendors about the K-12 products they currently offer, as well as what's planned for release in the near future. The five covered in this article are ABC-CLIO Schools, EBSCO Publishing, ProQuest Information and Learning, Thomson Gale, and H.W. Wilson. But note that this article is listed as Part 1, as there are other resources to cover. Watch for Part 2 in an upcoming issue of MMIS.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

Cherry Hill Public Library's DIGITAL COMMUNITY CENTER--Reaching Out to the Schools and Beyond

Challenged to identify common information needs across the community and to gather and deliver the resources for them, librarians at Cherry Hill Public Library created a “Digital Community Center.” Sirsi’s Rooms content manager serves to organize and house the resources, and to open them up everyone.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

Virtual School Libraries­--The Time is Now! [Available Full-Text, Free]

The free Internet, subscription databases, and e-books make information available outside of physical library walls, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the proliferation of information in electronic format, virtual school libraries must be entities of the present, not the future. We must provide access to quality resources and instruction in how to use them, virtually! Learn more and discover virtual school libraries that represent Best Practices in the field in Audrey Church's article.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

EDITOR'S NOTES: Conferences, Web Sites, and Virtual Libraries

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

Cool Links: NPR Story—“Wikipedia’s Growth Comes with Concerns”

News/Cool Links - Posted 24 Feb 2005

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog Announces New Collections: Early News Photos, American Revolution and Middle East Images

News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Feb 2005

ITI Cross Links: Blogs of War, A Review of Alternative Sources for Iraq War Information

Searcher magazine authors Paul Piper and Miguel Ramos report exhaustively on blogs and bloggers offering up gritty reality checks and personal accounts of the situation in Iraq. If you want primary sources about Iraq for your students to examine, this article serves them up! (From Information Today, Inc.’s Searcher magazine.)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 03 Feb 2005

Free Resources: Thomson Gale's Latest--for Black History Month

News/Free Resources - Posted 03 Feb 2005

Discovery Education Introduces Latest Version of unitedstreaming

News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2005

Discovery Education Introduces Discovery Health Connection

News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2005

Questia Launches Course Management System to Complement Its Questia Online Library

News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2005

CYBERBEE: African American Experiences--Window to the Past

African American experiences during slavery are identified in the National History Standards under United States History, Era 2: Standard 3C, which states, "the student understands African life under slavery." The best way to learn about daily life, culture, and history is to draw upon the firsthand accounts of people who lived during that time period. CyberBee presents a collection of primary sources in this article that are tailor-made for studying this topic.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Subscription Web Sites [Available Full-Text, Free]

As the Web continues to develop and faster Internet access becomes available to more individuals, the likelihood of Web-based programs replacing CD-ROMs is becoming more and more real. The advantages provided by subscription Web-based services will lead them to be used for direct instructional purposes in the classroom.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

Free and Fee-Based Online Science Resources for the K-12 Community [Available Full-Text, Free]

Searching the Web may seem an easy task. Just type in your terms and look at all the results—until, of course, you are engulfed in your hits, drowning in the inevitable consequences of a bad keyword search. A more efficient, viable alternative is to search combinations of superb free Web directories/portals and free/fee-based vendor resources, with an emphasis on quality over quantity.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By ,

CYBERBEE: Science Fair Fundamentals

Science Fair programs are awesome and can generate all sorts of amazing results from inspiring and engaging projects. Finding good resources that outline the process and suggest age-appropriate topics is a key component for getting students started. Another important factor is to involve parents so that they can assist their children throughout the process. Be sure to visit these CyberBee-selected Web sites for resources, tips, and experiments that will help jump-start your science fair program.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

Let's Go! Investigate Temperature

Go! Temp is a science tool that provides students with the opportunity to collect, examine, and calculate data using a sensor probe. The program allows data to be saved, displayed, graphed, analyzed, and recalled.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2004 - Sep/Oct 2004 Issue By

Web-Based Databases and Search Tools

The Internet has added whole new dimensions to databases—not only to the type and breadth of information available—but to the complexity and problems involved in getting the information.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2004 - Sep/Oct 2004 Issue By

Individualizing the Research Process in an Online Environment

Three types of researchers show up at my high school library. Many are what I categorize as the research slugs, identifiable in two variations. The first is the easy-to-spot student hiding in a corner of the library, head propped up and a puddle of drool on the table. The second slug variation is much harder to spot. This is the student who has the Annals of America open with a People magazine hidden inside. The slug is intent on avoiding research and may expend large amounts of energy to do so.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2004 - Sep/Oct 2004 Issue By
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