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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.

Screen Cap of Book Cart feature

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.

 

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.

Getty images

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.

More National Geographic Maps in eLibrary

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National Geographic Map with links to larger image and PDF

Over 130 high-quality, visually appealing maps from National Geographic have been added to eLibrary, bringing the total number of maps in eLibrary from this prestigious magazine, book and documentary publisher to 847!

The maps cover each of the continents and includes thematic maps as well, such as maps representing population density, plate tectonics and major religions. These maps are ideal for cross-curricular activities where having a geographic/spatial understanding of social or scientific phenomena is crucial.

Each map document has an image of the map which is expandable when clicked and include a link to a full size image.  A PDF version of each map is also available for easy printing.

National Geographic is just one of several map providers discoverable in eLibrary.  For more about how to find maps in eLibrary, view this earlier blog post.

Twenty Years Ago Today: The World Trade Center Bombing

26 FebruaryOn February 26, 1993, the World Trade Center towers in New York City were attacked by car bombers inspired by the teachings of a radical Islamist cleric, Omar Abdel-Rahman. The bombing killed six people, injured more than 1,000 and forced thousands to flee to safety through smoke-filled stairwells.

Six men were convicted of responsibility for the bombing and Ramzi Ahmed Yousef was identified as the mastermind behind the plot. The bombing was the ominous precursor to the much more devastating attack of September 11, 2001, which resulted in thousands of deaths, the destruction of both towers and a dramatic shift in U.S. foreign policy and domestic national security.

eLibrary subscribers can learn the basics behind the 1993 attack and it’s aftermath, including contemporary accounts and historic overviews, through the popular Research Topics feature. Simply type in the query, World Trade Center Bombing 1993, and a visually rich and easy-to-navigate Research Topic page on the infamous attack will appear above the document results. Simply expand the Research Topic page and you’ll see photos, articles and animations offering valuable context around the events of February 26.

Research Topics are a unique feature of eLibrary. They are curated by ProQuest editors and are frequently updated and expanded as new information becomes available. As of 2013, there are well over 7,500 Research Topic pages in eLibrary, mapped to the most common queries of eLibrary users. For a complete list of Research Topic pages in eLibrary, visit the eLibraryk12 title list.