Posts Tagged ‘research tools’

ProQuest Research Companion Winner at ISTE 2014

On June 29-July 1, 2014, ed tech professionals, educators and administrators stormed Atlanta, GA, for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) annual conference. ProQuest was there in the middle of all the action in Hot lanta showcasing our newest product: ProQuest Research Companion. Our new product was not only welcomed but recognized!

The influential trade publication Tech & Learning named Research Companion Best of Show. The award was made on the basis of its “quality and effectiveness,” “ease of use,” and for its “creative use of technology.”

So what made ProQuest Research Companion stand out at ISTE?

Adam Blackwell

Product Manager Adam Blackwell at ISTE 2014
proudly displaying the Best of Show award. (Credit: ProQuest)

No, it wasn’t the suave British accent of its Product Manager, Adam Blackwell. Although, that didn’t hurt either!

ProQuest Research Companion shines because it was created directly based on feedback from you–the educator. You told us you needed help teaching students how to research, select sources, evaluate web sites, cite their work and in general be information literate. And you needed this in a way that could be flipped, mobile-ready, standards-aligned, personalized, and assessed.

We heard you and created 100 proprietary videos with assessment questions that guide users step by step through the research process and five interactive tools that automate important research tasks like evaluating sources by drawing on a huge powerhouse of data exclusive to ProQuest.

The buzz has started. Don’t take our word for it! Check out the feedback we’ve received from customers and users so far:


“we have a chapter in our book that covers a lot of the same material, but the kids seem to like the videos”

“really good examples and such that reinforce what I teach my seniors already”

“the interface is very clean and attractive”

“good to assign the videos for homework and use them for class discussion the next day”

“wow! It’s pretty snappy, very responsive and quick.”

“I’d be thrilled to integrate these videos into my online course. Thrilled. I can put all this stuff in writing, but they miss so much information when it’s presented almost solely through text.”

“I love this tutorial. It’s pretty much what I talk about in a classroom setting and would be perfect for online classes.”

“my immediate thought was this would be great for a parent!”

Try ProQuest Research Companion for yourself. Sign up for a free trial today!

Balancing the Humanities and STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and the humanities all contribute to a strong education.

The decline of the humanities has been widely publicized. Federal funding for the humanities has been dwindling for years. And with funding for STEM rising, many teachers of the humanities are feeling defensive. But the war between STEM and the humanities implies a one-or-the-other choice when they should, in fact, coexist.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to STEM and the humanities is a useful way to prepare students for any career. Jobs do not exist in a vacuum. Students will need to master a variety of skills regardless of the field. Teachers of the humanities can help by integrating STEM into assignments that also promote traditional humanities values such as communication and critical thinking.

iThink Tutor

ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher offers ways to integrate technology and critical thinking. While exploring the controversial Leading Issues of our day, students will gain valuable experience doing research using an online database. They will find interactive tools like iThink Tutor to help guide their research. And, of course, they will find editorially selected articles that include news, statistics, and viewpoints to help them support their arguments.

An interdisciplinary approach to classroom assignments will help students hone a variety of skills simultaneously. The choice between STEM and the humanities is a false one. They all contribute to well-rounded students.

We’d love to hear from you! How do you take an interdisciplinary approach to education?

Anatomy of a Leading Issue

SIRS Issues Researcher offers in-depth analysis of more than 330 current and pervasive Leading Issues. Each Leading Issue offers various components to help users understand the issue from every angle. Let’s take a look at each component:

Leading Issue

Screencap of a Leading Issue via ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

 Topic Overview: An editorially created summary provides the foundation for understanding every Leading Issue by examining the background and history of the issue and putting it in context. From the Topic Overview page, users can also access “Terms to Know” and “Additional Resources” including significant organizations, key figures and milestone events surrounding the issue.

 At Issue Summary: This summary also provides a foundation for understanding an issue by zeroing in on a narrower issue within the context of a larger issue. From the At Issue page, users can also access Perspectives—quotes from prominent figures—and Critical Thinking & Analysis questions.

 Essential Questions: These questions engage researchers by narrowing down a broad issue and helping users understand the specific issue under debate. Each Essential Question offers answers and Viewpoint articles which support both sides of an issue.

 Timeline: An editorially curated timeline provides historical context by highlighting key events and milestones surrounding the issue.

● Global Impact & Statistics: These two features broaden student comprehension by examining an issue from a non-U.S. perspective and by providing data that users can analyze and compare.

These are just a sampling of the special features that SIRS Issues Researcher offers. With access to full-text articles, multimedia and graphics, SIRS covers Leading Issues from the pro to the con and everything in between.

Teacher Appreciation Week: SIRS Tools to Assist Educators

As the nation celebrates National Teacher Week inside of schools, here at ProQuest we are honoring educators by highlighting how SIRS Educators’ Resources can assist them in their daily classroom challenges, helping America’s nearly seven million teachers better enhance the learning experiences of their 77 million pupils.

ProQuest’s LibGuide, for example, provides a tremendous overview of SIRS products and product features. Learn about different ways to highlight content in lesson plans, from varying approaches to navigating over 330 Leading Issues, to Research Tools including timelines, global impact highlights, and statistics.

Research Tools

SIRS’ MyAnalysis offers students an alternative method of laying out research for papers and assignments. Taking the student step-by-step, the SIRS tool guides learners through six stages, beginning with selecting a topic which interests them, to writing a proper thesis statement, and finally applying the knowledge they have obtained to the project at hand.

Whether focusing on shaping lesson plans around the Common Core Standards, or searching for a novel approach to incorporating current events into the classroom, SIRS’ abundant educational tools are ready to help make that transition seamless.