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Literature and Discovery

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Learning about famous authors? Looking for images, websites, and criticism about the Medieval Period? Trying to more easily identify the full meaning of major works of literature? You can find all of this plus thousands of full-text works in poetry, prose, and drama in ProQuest Learning: Literature. ProQuest Learning: Literature is just the beginning of literary study material available from ProQuest, but it’s designed to fit very well into secondary literary study.  If your school focuses even more extensively on literature and authors, you may also want to take a step beyond ProQuest Learning: Literature and try ProQuest’s renowned Literature Online resource to expand your students’ literary horizons!

You can learn more about ProQuest Learning: Literature, or any of our other exceptional ProQuest resources, by contacting the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team to arrange a privately scheduled webinar. You can also join us for one of our monthly public webinars on many of our exceptional ProQuest K-12 resources. We’ll answer your questions for you, and provide guidance on how these resources can best fit your needs. See you soon!

Have a Heart! Sunday is Valentine’s Day!

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Here’s something simple:  Go to ProQuest SIRS Discoverer and Keyword Search “Valentine’s Day” OR Valentine* — or just run a simple Subject Search for “Valentine’s Day.”  You’ll instantly come up with 60+ newspaper articles, 110+ magazine articles, 30+ reference articles, 100+ images, and over 10 focused websites, all full of focused information about this fun loving holiday.  You can learn Valentine’s trivia and folklore, get Valentine quizzes, learn how Valentine cards are made, trace the history of Valentine’s Day, learn how to craft interesting and creative Valentine’s Day gifts, find short stories about Valentines, and learn about different kinds of treats you might make on Valentine’s Day.  All of this, plus great tools like citations for writing projects, Lexiles to help guide students to materials they can more easily understand, text-to-speech to listen and take notes, or maybe original article PDF documents to see the publisher’s layouts —  all in just a few simple searches.  ProQuest SIRS Discoverer is a great place for kids from elementary through middle school to learn about all kinds of events, people, holidays, or hot topics and issues!

You can learn more about ProQuest SIRS Discoverer, or any of our other exceptional ProQuest resources, by contacting the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team to arrange a privately scheduled webinar. You can also join us for one of our monthly public webinars on many of our exceptional ProQuest K-12 resources. We’ll answer your questions for you, and provide guidance on how these resources can best fit your needs. See you soon!

Presidential Election Season — Study Election Issues

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If you’re studying elections and their issues, ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher provides some great material. From election finance to legal issues, voting rights to voter fraud, or the effect of wealth on the electoral process, you can find a great deal to both learn and discuss.  Team this up with other major issues such as terrorism, economic policy, and illegal immigration, and you have some very powerful tools and content for research, decision making, and ideas for problem solving.

You can learn more about ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher, or any of our other exceptional ProQuest resources, by contacting the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team to arrange a privately scheduled webinar. You can also join us for one of our monthly public webinars on many of our exceptional ProQuest K-12 resources. We’ll answer your questions for you, and provide guidance on how these resources can best fit your needs. See you soon!

Rank the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Issues

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Vote up or down to rank the following 15 issues, which get re-ordered in real-time. (If you can’t view the list below in your browser, you can also view it on Playbuzz.)

 

Teach the Election

With the presidential election dominating the news, now is the perfect time to engage future voters with projects and debates on the candidates and where they stand on important issues.  ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher provides students with both editorially-created and selected content that will equip your students with the research and understanding they need to prepare for debates and other assignments. Direct your students to our Election 2016 issue, which contains an overview, timeline, essential question and other resources. If your students are researching a specific issue, such as Gun Control, Immigration or Economic Inequality, show them the A-Z List or have them type the issue in the search box.

Tell Us What You’re Doing

Are you and your class doing a project or debate about the election? If so, let us know what you’re doing in the comments below or Tweet us at #ProQuest!

Science and Scientists

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Do you know Elisha Otis? How about Maria Mitchell or Thomas Young? You can learn about these famous people and their contributions to the world and to science in ProQuest eLibrary Science. Along with that, you can reference all types of related materials, and also educational websites. eLibrary Science will supply access to hundreds of scientific journals, along with multi-media and interactive content as well. eLibrary Science represents a great opportunity to strengthen your science resources.

You can learn more about ProQuest eLibrary Science, or any of our other exceptional ProQuest resources, by contacting a the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team to arrange a privately scheduled webinar. You can also join us for one of our public webinars on many of our exceptional ProQuest K-12 resources. We’ll answer your questions for you, and provide guidance on how these resources can best fit your needs. See you soon!

Are You Doing a Decades Project?

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Do your students need to learn details about cultural, political, national, and international events during a particular decade in the 20th century? If so, you might want to look into ProQuest SIRS Decades. Not only does Decades organize topics by each decade in the 20th century, but it also provides informative overviews for each decade, provides focus on major events in each decade, and also access to all different types of primary and secondary sources and web content. All of this leads to an enriched understanding of life in those time periods. Photos, memos, letters, newspaper articles, maps, posters, and more are available, along with Document Based Questions.

You can learn more about ProQuest SIRS Decades by contacting a the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team to arrange a privately scheduled webinar. You can also join us for one of our public webinars on many of our exceptional ProQuest K-12 resources. We’ll answer your questions for you, and provide guidance on how these resources can best fit your needs. See you soon!

What’s the Latest?

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“What’s the Latest?” is a big question, actually.  In the research database world, everything is dynamic and constantly changing and updating.  In 2015, ProQuest SIRS Discoverer was all new.  ProQuest CultureGrams also received new looks — twice during the year — once over the summer, and again last month in December.  Content is continually being updated as well.  Most recently, we moved our “offices” — online, that is.  You have a new place to log into your ProQuest K-12 resources, and the training team has a new place for you to go to join us for training.  Sounds like a great time to get to know your resources even better!

Contact the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team to learn all about what’s new and what’s so important about your ProQuest resources. You can contact us directly to arrange a free meeting or join us in one of our public webinars, as noted above. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you get a great start to the second half of this academic year!

Winter Holidays and Celebrations

Today is Christmas Day, a day that many of the world’s Christians traditionally celebrate the birth of Christ.  Wherever you might be today or whatever your religious or holiday traditions and observances may be, we hope you have a wonderful day!

There are many celebrations around the world which take place in the winter months.  Did you know that SIRS Discoverer’s “Spotlight of the Month” provides very interesting information about many of these unique and varied holidays and observances?  The “Winter Holidays Around the World” spotlight offers kids a great opportunity to become familiar with traditions and symbols and celebrations across many cultures.  Plan some time during this winter time of year to expand your knowledge of our world culture!

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Contact the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team to learn all about SIRS Discoverer, its key elements, and how it is all put together. You can contact us directly to arrange a free meeting or join us in one of our public webinars. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you get the most you can from this superb resource designed for K-8 level students.

You Get to Choose!

You get to choose, and we’ll provide you with plenty of excellent material to choose from.  SIRS Issues Researcher offers over 330 major leading and pro/con issues for research, and a wide variety of material to match it, including national and international perspectives, varied opinions, and fact and figures.  All of this is combined with tools that help teach specific research skills, such as working with infographics, statistics, primary sources, writing arguments, and writing to inform or persuade.  This resource can help set the foundation of future success for students in any field of study.

SIRS Leading Issues

Contact the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team to learn all about SIRS Issues Researcher, its key elements, and how it is all put together.  You can contact us directly to arrange a free meeting or join us in one of our public webinars.  We’re happy to answer your questions and help you get the most you can from this award-winning resource.

Benefits of eLibrary and eLibrary Curriculum Edition

Research Topics eLibrary 2015Aside from the fact that ProQuest eLibrary and ProQuest eLibrary Curriculum Edition offer over 109 million documents, all in full-text, and 8 different media types, there are a number of other exceptional values associated with eLibrary. One of these is the growing and diverse collection of Research Topics pages. These pages are topical compilations of some of eLibrary’s “best of” content on major areas of study. You can find items for use in any research project from biographies to tablet computers, history to major social issues, or science to health. Research Topics even bring together key information and material found in eLibrary supporting Common Core ELA standards. There are currently over 10,000 of these unique pages in eLibrary, and growing.

Come and learn all about eLibrary’s Research Topics pages — or any other of our expansive ProQuest resources. You may request a privately arranged training with any member of our Training and Consulting Partners team. To get started, just email us at training@proquest.com . We’ll respond back to you and work to get everything arranged!

If one of our public webinars are a better fit to meet your needs, visit us at www.proquest.com/go/webinars.

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