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eLibrary Completely Transforms on Thursday!

 

Oh My Gosh – It’s only 48 hours away!

On Thursday, December 14th, elibrary.bigchalk.com will become explore.proquest.com.

This isn’t just a fresh coat of paint. eLibrary has been completely re-imagined and redesigned to more efficiently guide students to identify their research topic and find authoritative information to support their research claim. Get ready for:

Highly Visual Navigation: Users are shown our curated Research Topics front and center!

Easy Topic Selection: Students can browse through simplified Subject and Common Assignment trees to help them with the most stressful research task – choosing a topic.

Streamlined Feature Set: There’s now more focus on tools that researchers actually use, like citation generation and Google integration.

More Efficient Search Engine: Users will find relevant content faster.

Responsive Design: The new eLibrary is optimized for use on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Cross-Search: Hosting on the award-winning ProQuest platform allows simultaneous searching with other ProQuest databases.

The eye-popping, curiosity-sparking look and feel of the new eLibrary very cleverly disguises what continues to be a powerful tool that will engage your students in research.

Click here to learn more about the new elibrary!

 

New eLibrary Coming December 14th!

 

On December 14th, eLibrary will deliver stress-free researching to your library. The date is coming fast, and we couldn’t be more excited! Here are some reasons for you to get excited too:

Highly Visual Navigation: Users are shown our curated Research Topics front and center!

Easy Topic Selection: Students can browse through simplified Subject and Common Assignment trees to help them with the most stressful research task – choosing a topic.

Streamlined Feature Set: There’s now more focus on tools that researchers actually use, like citation generation and Google integration.

More Efficient Search Engine: Users will find relevant content faster.

Responsive Design: The new eLibrary is optimized for use on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Cross-Search: Hosting on the award-winning ProQuest platform allows simultaneous searching with other ProQuest databases.

The eye-popping, curiosity-sparking look and feel of the new eLibrary very cleverly disguises what continues to be a powerful tool that will engage your students in research.

Click here to learn more about the new elibrary!

A Fresh Crop of ProQuest Research Topics

We’ve had a downright tropical environment in Louisville this summer, giving us the ideal conditions for growing Research Topic pages! There are 80 new pages since the end of last school year, covering topics like the Juno and Galileo missions to Jupiter, America’s role in World War I, the Brexit, and of course, Pokémon GO.

Research Topics are a great tool for student research, offering a wealth of editorially-curated articles, pictures, video, and websites to supplement study units throughout the year. With 11,000 Research Topics, chances are we have what you need!

Click on the video below to learn the different ways to discover the Research Topic you’re looking for:

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Religious Witness for Human Dignity

In 2013, Mary Scanlon uncovered a piece of history at a Goodwill store in Phoenix, Arizona. Even though she didn’t even own a tape machine, she started looking through boxes of reel-to-reel tapes. Among them was a reel with “Martin Luther King” and “Tempe” written on it.

She bought the tapes, then turned to Arizona State University to conduct research on her discovery. She found that Dr. King had spoken there in 1964, advocating for passage of the Civil Rights Act. Rob Spindler, the ASU archivist and curator of special collections, was unaware of any recordings of that event.

Spindler was excited to hear the recording, as well as the other tapes from local civil-rights activist Lincoln Ragsdale. They’ve since been digitized and are available from the Arizona State University Digital Repository.

eLibrary’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Topic Page now includes the story of this fortunate discovery, and features a link to the ASU archive where you can listen to the recording, “Religious Witness for Human Dignity”. That same section of the Research Topic includes a scholarly journal article that explores the deep personal and religious roots of Dr. King’s doctrine of human dignity.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Research Topic Page via ProQuest eLibrary

Part rally, part sermon, it is thrilling to hear Dr. King’s voice, and it carries a message that remains as urgent today as it was when he delivered it over 50 years ago:

“Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood, and now through our moral and ethical commitment, we must make of it a brotherhood. We must all learn to live together as brothers, or we will all perish together as fools.”

King, Martin Luther, Jr. “Religious Witness for Human Dignity.” MP3 Audio. Arizona State University Digital Repository. Web. 1 Feb. 2016.

Come See Us at AASL!

The American Association of School Librarians meets in Columbus, Ohio, from November 5th through the 8th, and ProQuest will be there in Booth #401 showcasing the resources that you use in your libraries and classrooms to prepare students for the research challenges of college and career.

Please take a few minutes to sign up here for User Group meetings for CultureGrams, SIRS Issue Researcher, or eLibrary and eLibrary Curriculum Edition. These are brief meetings that won’t eat into your busy conference schedule, and they are conveniently located at the exhibit hall entrance in a semi-private area in the ProQuest booth.

Reserve your space today! Seating is limited!

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ProQuest Booth #401: Calm Before the Storm

We are looking forward to meeting with you and your colleagues to talk about your experiences with ProQuest. It is our privilege to have these face-to-face encounters, and we are always excited about discovering ways our developers and editors can address your evolving needs.

Common Core Guides for eLibrary

Common Core Guide: Screen capture via ProQuest eLibrary

Common Core Guide: Screen capture via ProQuest eLibrary

eLibrary’s new Common Core Guides give teachers quick access to classroom activities and strategies, and highlight the wide range of eLibrary content that teachers can use to reinforce the goals of the standards.

Each one of the guides offers a link to a standard strand page prepared by the Common Core States Standard Initiative. Our guides adopt the same structure used in the strand page, with sections such as Key Ideas and Details, and Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas. We also added a section called “Resources” where eLibrary editors provide direct links to publications and Research Topic pages which further support instruction.

You can access the pages in a couple of ways. Either browse the research topics and scroll down to “Common Core ELA,” or type “Common Core ELA” in the Basic Search box and the autocomplete function will show the available strands.

Editors have created guides for each of these strands, and more are on the way!

Common Core ELA > Grade 11-12 > Reading: Informational Text

Common Core ELA > Grade 11-12 > Reading: Literature

Common Core ELA > Grade 11-12 > Speaking and Listening

Common Core ELA > Grade 11-12 > Writing

Common Core ELA > Grade 6 > Writing

Common Core ELA > Grade 8 > Reading: Literature

Common Core ELA > Grade 9-10 > History/Social Studies

Common Core ELA > Grade 9-10 > Science and Technical Subjects

 

Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards are now available on eLibrary’s Curriculum Standards page! Editors have selected hundreds of eLibrary topics that teach to the Disciplinary Core Ideas developed by a collaborative effort between the National Research Council, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve Inc.  The Core Ideas are based on a framework that identifies the science that all K-12 students should know.

To access the Next Generation Science Standards, log in to eLibrary and follow the Common Core Correlations link from our main search page. Then select “United States National” from the first drop-down menu, and “Disciplinary Core Ideas Arrangements…” from the second, then click “GO.”

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You can then navigate a hierarchical display of the standards. When you reach the standards statement, click the “See Resources” link that follows. This will take you directly to the elibrary Topic Tree nodes that an editor has selected as the most relevant for that standard. Clicking “view results” will show you eLibrary documents for that topic.

Lesson Plans in eLibrary

eLibrary’s collection of Lesson Plans can now be found by a search of ProQuest Editorial Websites. Among eLibrary’s 100,000 editor-selected websites there are over 2000 web pages that outline the methods, resources, and procedures for teaching and assessing a wide variety of learning goals.

To limit your search to this collection, just select the “Websites” box as the media type you wish to search, and include the words “Lesson Plan” in the text to be searched.

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eLibrary also has several publications geared toward teaching that can inform the construction of lesson plans:

Teaching Pre K-8

Technology Teacher

The American Biology Teacher

Teacher Librarian

Green Teacher

Reading Teacher

And many more!

The Most Common Common Core

eLibrary editors have matched hundreds of eLibrary topics to the Common Core State Standards. Following the Common Core Correlations link from our main search page will take you to the Curriculum Standards page, where you can navigate a hierarchical display organized by grade. When you reach the standard statement, click the “See resources” link that follows. This will take directly to the eLibrary Topic Tree node that an editor has selected as the most relevant topic for that standard. Clicking “View results” will show you eLibrary documents for that topic.

What are some of the most frequently selected eLibrary topics for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects?

Reading Comprehension
Evaluating Sources
Critical Reading
Essays
Expository Writing
Word Usage
Paragraphs
Interpreting Text & Data in Visual Formats
Researching History
Words & Vocabulary

There are over 300 other eLibrary Topic Tree nodes correlated to the English Language Arts Common Core.

You can also browse our Curriculum Standards Page to see which topics editors have matched to your state’s standards for Science, Health, Social Studies, and Technology.

 

ProQuest Editorial Websites

Nearly every student knows how to search the web. But are they always good consumers of open web information? Let ProQuest Editorial Websites help model what reputable open web information looks like!

eLibrary has more than 100,000 ProQuest Editorial Websites categorized to the 17,000 topics in the eLibrary Topic Tree. The websites also aid “behind the scenes” autocategorization to bring relevant newspaper, magazine, reference, and multimedia content to each of these topics.

eLibrary editors review and select hundreds of websites every month to deliver accurate and reliable open web content. We continually monitor them to shield users from defunct websites and objectionable content.

You can encounter our web selections in a variety of ways. They are often among the articles selected on our Research Topic pages, or they can be found with an eLibrary search. To limit your search results to web selections only, just check the “Websites” box on the front page or on the Advanced Search page:

You can use the “Bring results type to top” box to make websites, or any other document type, appear first in your results:

Clicking on the URL inside the ProQuest Editorial Website document will then open a new window, making it easy to return to eLibrary.

Now just take a few minutes to catch up on the latest news from the Mars Exploration Program!