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Information Literacy Along with Information Resources

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ProQuest Research Companion was developed to address the need of teaching information literacy and research skills to students, thus helping them take better advantage of your library’s information resources and at the same time providing them with lifetime learning skills. One of the best parts about ProQuest Research Companion is that it is flexible.  You may choose to use it simply as a reference tool, the sections of which may be accessed at will for instruction or support, or you may set it up so that individuals may progress through its organized construction and monitor their progress.  You may support your existing research skills materials and reference resources by connecting to them from within ProQuest Research Companion, or you may pull the instructional sections out of ProQuest Research Companion and incorporate them with your outside information literacy instructional content.  The idea is to make it adaptable for you, so that you can maximize its benefit for your students.

Join the ProQuest Training and Consulting team to learn more about ProQuest Research Companion as well as all of your other ProQuest resources.  You may sign up for one of our public webinars at any time.  If you don’t see the webinar or time you’re looking for, you are always welcome to contact us to arrange a private session.

April Training Webinars Posted

Libraries see surge in e-book demandNow’s a great time to catch up on the important elements of your ProQuest K-12 resources. We’ve posted our April webinars and would like to invite you to join us. Share this information also with some of your key faculty who you know would benefit from greater familiarity with your excellent ProQuest library research and learning tools. Our new public webinar page also expands your view of ProQuest possibilities. Not only may you access training for your K-12 focused resources, but you may also learn more about ProQuest’s full array of research and learning tools. Many of these have potential application in advanced secondary learning environments.

Sign up now for a class of your choice. If you don’t see the resource you’re looking for, contact us and we would be happy to schedule a private webinar with you!

The Common Core:
Repealed in Name Only

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Forty-two states and the District of Columbia are currently participating in the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS). Most states quickly adopted the CCSS after they were introduced in 2010. Since then, however, public opinion has turned dramatically against the CCSS. According to the 2015 EdNext Survey, 35% of Americans oppose the CCSS, which is up from 26% in 2014. The same poll found that 50% of teachers oppose the CCSS, up substantially from 40% in 2014. Repealing the adoption of the CCSS is becoming increasingly popular, particularly among politicians. So what does all this mean for testing and standards? Is this the end for the Common Core?

States are quickly withdrawing from multi-state, Common Core-aligned tests. Out of the two federally funded Common Core testing consortia (the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium), PARCC, in particular, has seen a dramatic decline in participation. In 2010, 25 states and the District of Columbia were PARCC members. That number has fallen to seven, with Massachusetts being the most recent state to abandon the test. Massachusetts, like many other states that have dropped PARCC, will create its own test. Standardized testing is here to stay, but the CCSS’s goal of uniform, multi-state tests aimed at providing meaningful comparisons between states looks destined to fail.

Efforts to repeal the CCSS altogether have also gained traction, but a closer look at the replacement standards tells another story. Oklahoma, Indiana, and South Carolina have all repealed the CCSS. Other states have tweaked and even renamed their standards. However, critics argue that many states are simply renaming the CCSS, keeping the majority of standards intact.  South Carolina’s new standards, for instance, are aligned with CCSS 90% of the time. In other words, lawmakers are pivoting away from the politically charged Common Core moniker, but Common Core-aligned standards remain.

The takeaway: the CCSS are being repealed in name only.

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Do you and your students want to learn more about the education policy debate?

Check out SIRS Issues Researcher for more information.

 

 

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!

February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

“Teen dating violence is a serious violation that can affect a young person’s safety, development, and sense of comfort. Perpetrated by a current or past intimate partner, dating violence takes many forms, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, and can occur in person or through electronic communication and social media.….Approximately 1 in 10 teenagers reports being physically or sexually victimized by a dating partner, and too many other victims do not report it….During National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we recognize the urgency needed in addressing this problem and recommit to preventing it by educating our youth about its dangers and consequences, and reaffirm the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse.”A Proclamation by President Barack Obama, January 29, 2016

February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
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While many people may think of February as Black History Month, or associate it with Valentine’s Day, it is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The teen dating violence awareness and prevention initiative was spearheaded by teenagers across the nation who organized to take a stand to stop teen dating violence. In 2005, the importance of addressing teen dating violence was highlighted by its inclusion in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Now supported by dozens of national, state and local organizations, the call to end teen dating violence was formally recognized by both Houses of Congress in 2006 when they declared the first full week in February “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.” In 2010, Congress first dedicated the entire month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.

SIRS Leading Issue: Dating Violence/Date Rape by ProQuest LLC <br /> via ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

SIRS Leading Issue: Dating Violence/Date Rape
by ProQuest LLC via ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

Facilitate student research on teen dating violence by directing them to SIRS Researcher’s Leading Issue: Dating Violence. The SIRS Leading Issues feature offers comprehensive coverage of over 350 of the most researched and newsworthy topics for student researchers. Editorially created Topic Overview pages help build a solid foundation for understanding the issue through its background and history and by putting it into context. Terms to Know and Additional Resources are also available here. The Perspectives section features quotes from prominent figures on the issue, as well as Critical Thinking & Analysis questions to facilitate discussion. Essential Questions promote Common Core-aligned standards such as critical thinking, problem solving, information literacy and analytical skills that students need to succeed. Other research tools include a Timeline, and Global Impact and Statistics sections.

Delve into more information and resources on teen dating violence at these editorially-selected websites available on SIRS WebSelect:

Break the Cycle

Love Is Respect: National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

That’s Not Cool

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!

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!