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Stay Tuned to Training this Fall

K12 Team 2Summer’s passing quickly. Before you know it, we’ll be into an all-new school year! Coming with the new school year will be many exciting new updates and changes to learn about in your ProQuest resources, including Ebooks, SIRS Discoverer, CultureGrams, and ProQuest databases. You can see and learn more about these and all of your ProQuest resources by joining the Training and Consulting Partners in one of our free monthly webinars. Alternately, you can contact us directly to get some one-on-one time or to schedule time for a group of educators in your school or district. There’s a lot of great things to learn this year — join us and we’ll keep you up-to-date!

Stay Tuned to Training this Fall

K12 Team 3Summer’s passing quickly. Before you know it, we’ll be into an all-new school year! Coming with the new school year will be many exciting new updates and changes to learn about in your ProQuest resources, including Ebooks, SIRS Discoverer, CultureGrams, and ProQuest databases. You can see and learn more about these and all of your ProQuest resources by joining the Training and Consulting Partners in one of our free monthly webinars. Alternately, you can contact us directly to get some one-on-one time or to schedule time for a group of educators in your school or district. There’s a lot of great things to learn this year — join us and we’ll keep you up-to-date!

eLibrary Curriculum Edition (June Feature) and All K-12 Training

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eLibrary’s been around for a while.

But, do you really know eLibrary? What about the “Curriculum Edition” of eLibrary?

If things seem a little fuzzy, that’s OK! Come and join the Training and Consulting Partners at ProQuest for a refresher on eLibrary Curriculum Edition. It’s our feature webinar for June. You can register for eLibrary Curriculum Edition — as well as any of our other great K-12 resources — by going to our K-12 webinars page.  Sign up for eLibrary Curriculum Edition directly using the links below:

eLibrary Curriculum Edition June 10th

eLibrary Curriculum Edition June 17th

If the posted times just don’t fit your schedule, contact our team at training@proquest.com to arrange a privately scheduled class. We’ll see you soon in class!

June Feature Webinar — eLibrary Curriculum Edition

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eLibrary’s been around for a while.

But, do you really know eLibrary?  What about the “Curriculum Edition” of eLibrary?

If things seem a little fuzzy, that’s OK! Come and join the Training and Consulting Partners at ProQuest for a refresher on eLibrary Curriculum Edition. It’s our feature webinar for June. You can register for eLibrary Curriculum Edition by going to our K-12 webinars page, or directly by clicking the links below:

eLibrary Curriculum Edition  June 10th

eLibrary Curriculum Edition  June 17th

If the posted times just don’t fit your schedule, contact our team at training@proquest.com to arrange a privately scheduled class. We’ll see you soon in class!

Five ProQuest Resources on Economic Inequality

Last week, the AFL-CIO released its annual “CEO-to-worker pay” ratio, which showed that the average S&P 500 company CEO made 373 times the salary of the average production and non-supervisory worker in 2014. And a research paper published earlier in the year by Oxfam shows that by next year, the richest 1% will own more than all of the rest of the world’s population.

“During periods when the very rich took home a much smaller proportion of total income–as in the Great Prosperity between 1947 and 1977–the nation as a whole grew faster and median wages surged.”–Robert B. Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor

For both Republicans and Democrats, one of the key issues emerging in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is economic inequality.  Economists, politicians and others have proposed a wide range of public policy solutions for addressing income inequality. In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed raising the national minimum wage, and shortly after signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for people working on new federal service contracts. Other solutions include reforming the tax system; strengthening social safety provisions, such as welfare; increasing access to education and healthcare; and strengthening the power of labor unions. Some, such as Economist David Malpass, argue for downsizing the government and suggest that we should aim to raise incomes for all as opposed to trying to reduce the disparity between incomes.

“Americans in the top 1 percent are convenient scapegoats….There’s a backlash and a tendency to see less economic inequality as a solution to all manner of problems. We create simplistic narratives and imagine that punishing the rich will miraculously uplift the poor. This vents popular resentments, even as it encourages self-deception.”–Robert J Samuelson, Columnist, The Washington Post

ProQuest Resources

Economic inequality is a heated issue, promising to be one of the most significant socioeconomic trends of our time. Below I highlight five ProQuest resources to help students understand its possible impact on our societies and economies.

1ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher Leading Issues contain an Economic Policy, U.S. issue, which includes a sub issue on Economic Inequality. Related issues include, but are not limited to, Business Ethics, Federal Government and Economic Policy, Global Financial Crisis, and Minimum Wage. Inside every Leading Issue, students can find an overview on the issue, key definitions, an editorial cartoon or multimedia piece, articles on multiple perspectives to support their research, and more. The Economic Inequality essential question, with supporting pro con questions, asks students the following question: 

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Screenshot of Economic Inequality Leading Issue, ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

2. eLibrary Research Topics offer an assortment of  editorially-created Research Topic pages on Economic Inequality and related issues, including Executive Pay, Global Economic Crisis, Minimum Wage, Poverty, and the Occupy Movement, a protest movement begun in 2011 which brought attention to the growing divide between the 1% and the rest of the population. These pages include links to carefully selected articles, websites, primary source documents, videos and images. Students can find these pages via keyword search or by clicking on the following link on the search page:

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Economic Inequality in the U.S. (see below) is one such Research Topic page:

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Screenshot of an eLibrary Research Topic Page on Economic Inequality in the U.S.

3. CultureGrams  offers reliable, up-to-date daily life and cultural content, including primary source interviews, videos and more. Students researching  Economic Inequality can use it to compare and contrast the economy in different countries. Each country profiled in CultureGrams contains a section on the country’s economy as well as an Average Person infographic that depicts GDP (PPP) per capita and other demographic characteristics of a hypothetical average person of the country. Below is an example of an Average Person infographic for the United States:

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Screenshot of CultureGram’s Average Person Infographic for the USA.

4. History Study Center,  with its in-depth study units with historical reference material, is an excellent resource for students who want to dig into earlier periods of extreme economic inequality, such as the start of the Great Depression in the late 1920’s, in order to compare with the situation in the world today. Each unit includes both primary and secondary sources, including biographies, maps and video clips.

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Screenshot of a History Study Center Study Unit on The Great Depression, 1929-1939

5. Historical Newspapers (Graphical) enables students to delve into a trove of full-text historical newspaper articles to see how the level of concentration of income has fluctuated throughout its history and examine its impact on societies. Students can access newspaper articles via keyword search or through the timeline or topics tab. Below is an example of a newspaper article from the Great Depression:

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Screenshot of Dec. 3, 1933, New York Times article from ProQuest’s Historical Newspapers

We are constantly adding new material to our products. If you have suggestions for new Economic Inequality topics for consideration for our products, feel free to let us know in the comments section below or tweet us at #ProQuest.

Training Classes for May and June Posted

TCP PageOur ProQuest resources are continuously on the move, so it’s always a great idea to keep up with everything that’s going on. Come and join us for K-12 Training Classes! We’ve got some great webinars on the schedule, and we’ve posted now for May and June. We can help fill in the gaps for you, so you can get the most possible from your resources.

Are you just curious about our expansive collection of resources? Maybe you’re not only teaching, but are also a student yourself. Or maybe you’re interested in outside resources that could potentially have a good K-12 connection. Access our full webinar class schedule and learn about what ProQuest is doing outside of your school!

Do you have a class you’d like us to provide or a topic you’d like us to address? We’re happy to work with you directly and we’d love to hear from you! You can email us at training@proquest.com and we’ll get back in touch with you quickly to answer questions or make arrangements.

Spring Training

TCP PageOur ProQuest resources are always on the move, so it’s always a great idea to keep up with everything that’s going on. Come and join us for K-12 Spring Training! We’ve got some great webinars on the schedule this spring. We can help fill in the gaps for you, so you can get the most possible from your resources.

Are you just curious about our expansive collection of resources? Maybe you’re not only teaching, but are also a student yourself. Or maybe you’re interested in outside resources that could potentially have a good K-12 connection. Access our full webinar class schedule and learn about what ProQuest is doing outside of your school!

Do you have a class you’d like us to provide or a topic you’d like us to address? We’re happy to work with you directly and we’d love to hear from you! You can email us at training@proquest.com and we’ll get back in touch with you quickly to answer questions or make arrangements.

Primary Sources

Primary Sources

If you are in need of primary sources, ProQuest’s History Study Center can help.  History Study Center provides special Study Unit pages on over 530 major historical topics, and primary sources available for these topics are always listed and clearly identified.  In addition, you can search and browse primary sources found in 14 historical documents collections spanning nearly 7 centuries.  Topics cover all major areas of world history, key figures, and events.

We can show you more. Join the ProQuest Training and Consulting Partners in one of our free monthly webinars to learn how ProQuest can make success easier in student projects. You’ll find ProQuest History Study Center included with the eLibrary Curriculum Edition webinar.

Do you have a class you’d like us to provide or a topic you’d like us to address? We’re happy to work with you directly and we’d love to hear from you! You can email us at training@proquest.com and we’ll get back in touch with you quickly to answer questions or make arrangements.

Become Proficient, Get More Out of Your ProQuest Resources

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Taking some time to review training options available to you in enhancing your experience with all of our exceptional ProQuest resources. . .

The ProQuest Training and Consulting Partners offer the following options:

  • Informational “how-to” monthly public webinars (no cost)
  • Privately arranged “how-to” online meetings for individuals or groups (no cost)
  • Privately arranged meetings with focus on areas of your choice (no cost)
  • On-site “how-to” or special focus training meetings (no costlimited availability — contact us)
  • Recorded training sessions and videos (no cost)

We can show you more. Join the ProQuest Training and Consulting Partners in one of our free monthly webinars to learn how ProQuest can make success easier in student projects.

Do you have a class you’d like us to provide or a topic you’d like us to address? We’re happy to work with you directly and we’d love to hear from you! You can email us at training@proquest.com and we’ll get back in touch with you quickly to answer questions or make arrangements.

Religion and the News

Religion is a part of the cultural milieu that shapes many of the major news events making headlines these days. Whether it’s events in the Middle East, the pronouncements of Pope Francis, or the ongoing debates over such hot-button issues as same-sex marriage or gender roles, religion is often a key factor that affects what people see and do. It shapes the views of both news makers and those who consume news.

Unfortunately, many people know little about the religious beliefs of others, so their ability to make sense of the news is diminished. They lack the knowledge to put world events in context, particularly when it comes to religion. So a great place to learn about world religions is with ProQuest K-12 products. In addition to providing excellent source material for research about religion, ProQuest databases offer useful overviews, editorially-selected content, and a diversity of perspectives about how religion shapes our world today. They can help give users a framework for reading the day’s news with intelligence and understanding. Below are three examples.

eLibrary

Research Topic Screencap via ProQuest eLibrary

Research Topic Screencap via ProQuest eLibrary

eLibrary, one of our largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content, is one way to begin. In addition to the content available through targeted searching on religious topics, eLibrary has editorially-curated Research Topic pages that provide a starting point for learning about more than 7,500 of the most popular search queries, including world religions. These pages provide useful background information (overviews, history, beliefs and practices, photos, etc.) that can help place world events in context.

History Study Center

Study Topic Screencap via ProQuest History Study Center

Study Topic Screencap via ProQuest History Study Center

History Study Center, a database that covers history from ancient times to the present day, has editorially-created Study Units, which are in-depth introductions on a variety of historical topics. Each Study Unit includes a brief introduction followed by a page of editorially-selected links to reference works, biographies, maps, primary sources, journal articles, images, video clips, and websites. And there are dozens of Study Units dealing with religion—“The history of Judaism,” “The rise of Islam,” “Religion in colonial America,” “The papacy in the twentieth century,” etc. The Study Units provide useful information and historical context for understanding the world’s religions. In addition, users can find valuable material on religion on their own in History Study Center via targeted searches.

CultureGrams

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Religion Category Screencap via ProQuest CultureGrams

Although there is some historical information about religion in CultureGrams, the emphasis of this product is more on daily life and the present. So with CultureGrams, users get a glimpse into how various religions are practiced today. Each country report has a religion category that gives an overview of the religious makeup of the country and often provides a brief description of some selected religious practices. Furthermore, relevant information about religion is often available in standard categories such as History, General Attitudes, and Holidays, as well as in photos, videos, slideshows, and interviews. Plus there are learning activities that help users discover more about the world’s major religions.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these or other ProQuest products, please contact us or register for a free webinar.

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