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“Out with the Old, In with the New”: proquestk12.com Moved!

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We updated our look! On December 21, 2015, the proquestk12.com website moved to the proquest.com domain.

There is nothing that you need to do in response to this move.

The proquestk12.com URL automatically redirected to our Schools page: www.proquest.com/libraries/schools.

From the Schools page, you’ll find the same great information such as training videos, product information, classroom tools, and more.

To access your ProQuest resources, simply look for the PRODUCT LOGIN button (pictured below) located at the top right of the Schools page.
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  • For training resources, and classroom materials, navigate to the Resources section.
  • For additional information about this change, click here.

Thanks again for being a valued ProQuest customer and enjoy the new web page!

School Library Journal Says Research Companion is “Must Have”

In the FeProQuest Research Companion Logobruary 2015 issue of School Library Journal, Mahnaz Dar,  an associate editor at the magazine, honored ProQuest Research Companion as a Best Database.  Dar characterized the product as a “must have” and went on to say that Research Companion should be a “staple of any high school library.”

ProQuest is grateful for industry recognition of its flagship information literacy product. Research Companion was built to help students do more effective scholarly research and to support educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.

For a complete and detailed demo of Research Companion, visit ProQuest’s YouTube channel.

Sample Bookcarts Available in eLibrary

The one-of-a-kind BookCart functionality found in eLibrary allows librarians and educators to build persistent links to pre-selected content, creating reading lists, subject and topic pages, standards-linked lessons and activities, community interest pages, and even pre- or post-assessments.

In an effort to convey the value of the BookCart tool, a few dozen sample BookCarts have been made available to customers who have not already created or imported BookCarts into their account. Look for the BookCart link in your eLibrary navigation bar to find them.

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The sample Book Carts were created by ProQuest editors and align to common subjects and courses in K12 education. For more about the power of eLibrary BookCarts, watch this brief 2 minute video overview.

eLibrary Content Showcase: Bridgeman Art

The Bridgeman Art archive is one of the most visually stunning collections found in eLibrary. To date there are over 115,000 photographs of paintings by famous artists such as Vermeer, Botticelli, Renoir and Gauguin to name just a few.

For students researching the evolution of the visual arts, social history, or fashion, this collection is an essential resource.

To sample the collection, simply search for “Bridgeman Art” under the Publications tab in eLibrary. It is also possible to perform an advanced search for a specific artist exclusively within the Bridgeman Art archive. For guidance on how to perform an advanced search in eLibrary, watch a brief video tutorial 

A few sample images from the collection appear below.

John Singer Sargent portrait of Madame Paul Poirson:

Madame Paul

Copyright (c) 2004 Bridgeman. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait of Renoir by Bazille

Renoir self portrait

Copyright (c) 2004 Bridgeman. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gauguin Self-Portrait:

Gaugin Self Portrait

Copyright (c) 2004 Bridgeman. All Rights Reserved.

Rembrandt Self-Portrait:

Rembrandt Self Portrait

Copyright (c) 2004 Bridgeman. All Rights Reserved.

 

ProQuest Learning Literature Offers Citation Generator

Users of ProQuest Learning Literature (PQLL)–a comprehensive reference resource including 3,000+ author biographies; dozens of searchable full-text literature journals; full-text literary works; and other key criticism and reference sources–now have the ability to generate citations within the product for individual documents. There are three citation formats available: APA, MLA and Turabian.

The citation generator tool can be found at the top of the document display in the box that says Cite Article. Subscribers to eLibrary Curriculum Edition, of which PQLL is a component, also get the benefit of the citation generator.

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eLibrary Mobile Is Here!

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A mobile version of eLibrary is now available! Read more about it here.

Direct your Smartphone or Tablet browser to http://m.elibrary.bigchalk.com and authenticate via your account username and password or via IP address.

All eLibrary variants (eLibrary K12, eLibrary Public Library, eLibrary Science, eLibrary Elementary) are retrieved within the mobile web version, depending upon customer subscription. This is not an app. No need to go to iTunes or Google Play, etc. eLibrary will work on the browsers of a wide variety of SmartPhones and Tablets and adapt as operating systems and mobile browsers evolve over time

Contact Technical Support if you encounter difficulties.

Find Primary Sources in eLibrary

eLibrary is well regarded as a source of premier secondary sources like The Economist, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times and Popular Science to name just a few of the thousands of active and historic periodicals represented in the K12 product. However, it is less well known that there are a plethora of primary source documents available in eLibrary K12 as well.Bounty

For example, there are a number of books in the Oxford University Press Pages from History series included with 100% full-text and inline images and captions.  The Series offers a mixture of textual and visual primary source documents, including diaries, letters, sermons, newspaper columns, and poems supplemented and explained by compelling narrative text. The documents are ideal length for classroom discussion and are inviting to visually-oriented students. The list of titles appear below:

  • The American Revolution: A History in Documents
  • The Bill of Rights: A History in Documents
  • The Civil War: A History in Documents
  • The Cold War: A History in Documents
  • Colonial America: A History in Documents
  • Encounters in the New World: A History in Documents
  • The Gilded Age: A History in Documents
  • Twentieth Century China: A History in Documents
  • The Vietnam War: A History in Documents
  • World War I: A History in Documents

The World Book Year Books and World Book Science Year Books offer a listing of the most significant world events of each year.  Published since 1921, the World Book Year Book is known as an authoritative reference in the field and provides insight into what the conventional wisdom was about the events & people cataloged in the volume of a particular year.

For example, the entry for the year 1963 on Smoking, details the Surgeon General’s report on the health effects of smoking, but includes a comment by the then American Medical Association president: “Dr. Edward R. Annis urged everyone to ‘give careful attention’ to the report, but said, ‘it is unrealistic to assume that the American people are suddenly going to quit smoking.‘”

The 1927 entry on the early experiments in the creation of television posited: “It is confidently expected that within a few years a family may sit in front of the radio and see action pictures of any athletic event, as a baseball or football game, or may see a statesman in his familiar poses as he delivers an address to a thousand people.

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Short video clips from the MPI Media group offer insights into topics as diverse as world affairs, fashion, sports and the arts from various periods in the Twentieth Century.

The Getty Historical Image collection offers hundreds of iconic images from the Twentieth Century, perfect for inclusion in student or teacher presentations.

Interactives Added to eLibrary Science

ProQuest eLibrary Science Interactives Page

Thirty new Interactives were recently added to eLibrary Science, all published by the respected Agence France Presse News service.  Topics covered run the gamut from Biology to Health to Astronomy. The additions complement the existing 150 visually-attractive and intellectually-stimulating Interactives already available in or linked to from the product. The feature is routinely popular with school media specialists, many of whom are seeking to attract science teachers into the library.

For more information about eLibrary Science, including access to training videos and curriculum integration ideas, go to: http://www.proquestk12.com/productinfo/elibrary_science.shtml

–Larry Wilkner