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Online Library Resources Descriptions 2011-2012

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The SLS provides direct access to remote electronic information and instructional library resources including periodicals (many full text), newspapers, references and visual images to participating school libraries. The SLS offers training in bibliographic instruction of online search strategies and technical support to library media personnel. These online resources allow staff and students access to timely and authoritative information on relevant topics that support the Learning Standards. Remote Access is available within contract specifications. Subscriptions are listed in a menu style for schools to pick and choose. Subscriptions are renewed annually, August 1st through July 31st, however, some subscriptions can be started on a prorated basis. Contact the SLS for requests.

The SLS is providing Teaching Books and access to the NOVEL databases (Thomson/Gale, EBSCO, Grolier and Proquest) for the 2011-2012 school year.

New Products for 2011 – 2012

Learning A – Z

Reading A-Z


Vocabulary A-Z

Reading Tutors

Writing A-Z

Science A-Z

Gale Cengage Learning

Student Resources in Context – Formerly Student Resource Center Gold, Silver, Bronze

Mango Languages


Power Kids Life Science



With millions of images dating back more than 100 years, AP Images is one of the world’s largest collections of historical and contemporary imagery. The AP Images collection is constantly updated and includes entertainment, fashion, news and sports coverage from The Associated Press and a variety of content partners.

As an essential source of photographs and graphics for professional image buyers, AP Images strives to meet the needs of today’s global customer through superior image quality, selection and service.



Educational movies for K-2 learners. Through the adventures of Annie and Moby, BrainPOP Jr. addresses a wide range of grade-appropriate topics, such as the food pyramid, soil, and shapes. Movies encourage active viewing and are easily paused for students to make predictions and form their own ideas. Each movie has leveled quizzes, games, activities, and lesson ideas that develop critical thinking and inquiry skills. All content is read aloud so young students can browse the site on their own.


Standards-based educational movies for grades 3-8. An online learning tool that may be shared among teachers, classrooms, computer labs and buildings. Contains a library of animated content to supplement traditional teaching methods. BrainPOP delivers vital curriculum in an engaging format, while promoting computer literacy.


  • Covers core curriculum subjects in: Science, English, Math, Social Studies, Technology, Health.

  • New movies are added each week, throughout the school year!

  • Teacher’s section contains lesson plans, standards correlation, and ideas for using BrainPOP in the classroom.

  • Hundreds of animated movies developed according to national standards for 3-8.

  • Movies are accompanied by a 10-question interactive quiz, experiment, comic strip timeline and printable activity.


Includes BrainPop, BrainPop Jr. and the Spanish Edition BrainPop Espanol



Britannica Online School Edition gives teachers and students instant access to four complete encyclopedias and other resources that ensure consistency with classroom topics and age-appropriate language. This unique reference and learning suite also offers high-quality online learning materials that have been developed by teachers and curriculum experts. Designed for all levels of learning from elementary school through high school, Britannica Online School Edition offers students an easy-to-use gateway to the vast resources of Encyclopædia Britannica.

An Inspiring Collection with FOUR Encyclopedias
Students can begin in the encyclopedias and turn to the atlas, timelines, Learning Materials, magazines, Web sites, and videos for more information and homework help.

Journals and Magazines
Locate up-to-date information about classroom concepts and current-event topics.

Curriculum Alignment and Support
Educators will enjoy quick, easy access to state standards and benchmarks linked to supporting articles. Conveniently organized by topic and grade level, these articles plus hundreds of printable and online curriculum-based learning activities are ideal for use in the classroom, media center, or computer lab.

Learning Materials
Take advantage of study guides and exercises that cover English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

View 39,000 graphics plus more than 2,000 animations, audio clips, and videos.

Daily Content Features
New "Biography of the Day" and "This Day in History" articles are released daily.

Britannica Annals of America

Explore the rich and varied history of the United States with Encyclopædia Britannica's Annals of American History Online. This valuable online chronicle provides a year-by-year documentary of American thought and action. Read the original words of more than 1,500 authors who made and analyzed American history through their speeches, writings, memoirs, poems, and interviews.

Britannica Image Quest

Simplify and improve your search for images with Image Quest. Now you can access more than two million rights-cleared images from over 40 of the best collections in the world. Dorling Kindersley Images, Getty Images, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society, Oxford Scientific, and other leading names have joined with Britannica to provide the best and broadest collection of proprietary educational imagery. Teachers can use the images in their lesson plans and classroom activities while students will turn to the site as they work on homework assignments and school or course projects. Free of advertising and from trustworthy sources, Image Quest provides safe and fast access to high quality images on all topics and for all ages.

All images in Image Quest are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use— great for teacher lessons plans, assignments, activities, and whiteboards; student reports and projects; or school Web sites, newsletters, newspapers, flyers, and bulletins.

Organized by subject matter and fully searchable, Image Quest provides a unique collection from trustworthy sources. With images of every topic in one convenient site, you don't have to spend time combing through multiple Web sites looking for reliable images.

Each photo or illustration comes with complete metadata, including the source, the copyright holder, caption, and keywords. Because Britannica has done the work of finding the best photos—most of which are not freely available on the Web—you can trust the source and be certain that you're using an accurate photo.

Images can be downloaded, printed, saved in a "Lightbox" or virtual folder, or e-mailed as jpegs.



PebbleGo is an animal database designed for K-2 emergent readers and researchers. It features 200+ animal articles correlated to life science standards, animal audio and video, carefully leveled text, educational games, and innovative read-aloud capabilities, easy-to-use searching tools, and introduces early learners to database and research concepts.

Includes: Word-by-word highlighting, read-aloud audio (which can be turned on and off), animal videos and sounds, real photographs, and visual browse and text search features. Provides 5 screens for each search which address the following topics: habitat, body, food, life-cycle and fun facts.

PEBBLEGO ANIMALS is an award winning database designed specifically for K-3 emergent readers. It includes:

  • 5 tabs of Animal Related Information on Each Article

  • 6 Educational and Fun Games

  • Learning Activities and Lesson Plans

  • Citation Support

  • Visual Searching

  • Reading scaffolds

  • Fully Narrated Text

  • Expertly leveled text

PEBBLEGO EARTH AND SPACE is designed to help emergent readers K-3 explore these important areas. It is correlated to National and State Standards, and includes high interest topics like weather and seasons. Includes:

  • Multiple Videos Supporting Science Concepts.

  • Educational Games and Learning Activities

  • High Interest Topics

  • Expertly Leveled Text

  • Citation Support

  • Visual Searching

  • Fully Narrated Text


Much more than a typical e-book, this interactive format features easy navigation tools that let readers progress through the book at their own pace. It offers a read-along component to help ELL students, emergent readers, and struggling readers improve reading skills.

Interactive books add innovative features to help even your most reluctant reader! Audio, animation, and auto-run features are included within our interactive books.

Capstone Interactive is perfect for every learner. Whether used in a group or individually, Capstone Interactive books can introduce new genres, increase fluency, and allow students to read books above their independent reading level.

Capstone Publishers has extended the Interactive learning with our new companion website, Capstone Kids!
Kids can choose from our age-appropriate activities, be quizzed about books they've read, or even get information about our authors. The Capstone Kids website was designed to make learning fun, and to engage reluctant readers to help build their reading skills.

Capstone has built collections targeted for 3 distinct areas:

Fiction, Science and Social Studies.

Libraries may purchase these separately or purchase the complete collection.



The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry contains 250,000 poems in full text and 450,000 citations, numbers that will continually expand with each update. The poems in full text are the most widely-read in the English language, as well as in Spanish, French, German, and Italian. Included also is poetry in Portuguese, Polish, Yiddish, Welsh, Gaelic, and other Celtic languages, as well as poems in the ancient languages: Anglo-Saxon, Provencal and Latin. Scholars in each of these languages have reviewed and guided the selection of poems, so that the poetry on Granger’s is also the poetry encountered in the classroom.

The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry offers complete coverage of the works of several individual great poets, including the complete poems of Shelley, Blake, Burns, Keats, Marvell, Poe, Unamuno, Heine, Baudelaire, and other major poets.

In addition users will find a wealth of current poetry from some of the best poetry periodicals, such as Poetry Magazine, The Southern Review, and Poetry Northwest

Granger’s 6,000 subject headings are organized in a hierarchical structure of related themes and categories. This gives users a unique opportunity to explore and discover poetry in a meaningful and visual manner


  • Classic Hundred Poems (1990; 2d edition, 1998; William Harmon, editor).

  • Top 500 Poems (1992; William Harmon, editor).

  • Guide to Poetry Anthologies (1991; 2nd ed., 1994 William Katz, Linda Sternberg Katz, and Esther Crain, editors).

  • Dictionary of Poetry Quotations (1992; Edith Hazen, editor). Dictionary of 4,000 quotations by author

  • Index to Poetry in Collected and Selected Works (1996; Nicholas Frankovich, editor). An index to poems in the other main type of poetry book found on library shelves

  • Index to African-American Poetry (1999; Nicholas Frankovich and David Larzelere, editors). Index to 65 vol. of the best poetry by African Americans



An information provider for corporations, government agencies, universities, schools, libraries and individuals needing up-to-date news and information on each of the recognized countries of the world. It provides critical country-specific intelligence and data including, public and private sector organizations with overseas operations and global interests.

Features: CountryWatch Data, the CountryWatch Map Gallery, the Image Gallery, the Global Guide, the weekly Political Intelligence Briefing and the associated Intelligence Wire.  


Combines background country information, current events coverage, and other global research resources tailored to young students.



Comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues shaping our world. Used by students who need to complete an assignment, prepare for a debate, or become a quick expert on a topic, each 12,000-word report is a unique work done by a seasoned journalist. In-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. Includes background and chronology; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements, and bibliographies of key sources.

Features: Published 44 times a year, reports are available the day BEFORE they are published in print, backfile to 1991. CiteNow!, which provides a citation in APA, Bluebook, Chicago, or MLA style. Option to browse reports by date or topic or to download a PDF of the complete CQ Researcher index


Published annually since 1972For 30+ years, CQ Press has published a collection of documents covering each year's most significant historical events. Now these documents are online. Published in print from 1972-2004, Historic Documents includes presidential speeches, international agreements, Supreme Court decisions, government reports, scientific findings and cultural reports. A new edition is released yearly and covers events of the previous calendar year.


Each document includes an introductory essay providing the context in which the document was released.

Contains 2,500+ documents and 32,000+ pages

Roughly 100 documents are added each year and are arranged chronologically



All products from ABC-CLIO offer the following Tools and Resources:

  • Educator Section provides an easy to update area for teachers to post syllabus, homework and special resource information.

  • Student Section delivers project resource and guided searches that can be printed, saved and exported

  • Online Cybrarian provides reference information and search guidance

  • Special reference eBook Collection

  • Annotated bibliographies and accurate citations


A comprehensive curriculum-based reference and research tool on the workings and history of the U.S. Government.

Special Features:

  • 10,000+ entries encompassing critical essays, biographies, court cases, primary documents, maps, photos and video

  • 1,700 biographies including every current and past president, supreme court justice, governor, senator and representative

  • Daily UPI News Stories  

  • Political commentary from Robert Novak and Susan Estrich and Political cartoons from Paul Conrad

  • 50+ interactive topic explorations for understanding key concepts

  • Biographies, photos, inaugural and State of the Union Address from all Presidents and Vice Presidents


Resource combines primary and secondary sources, and an analysis of current events. Includes lessons that integrate politics, science, the arts, philosophy, and economics and explores the ongoing development of the United States -its pre-colonial origins, westward expansion, social movements, internal conflicts, and modern-day defining moments.

Special Features:

  • Access to 10+ e-books

  • Day in History

  • 10,000+ entries encompassing critical essays, biographies, court cases, primary documents, maps, photos, and video

  • Biographies, photos, inaugural and State of the Union addresses from all Presidents and Vice Presidents

  • Over 3,300 biographies

  • Weekly feature stories on key historical events

  • 150+ thematic essays


Presents the history, people, events and places of the 50 States.

Special Features:

  • 50 state overviews that include state history, political, cultural, and environmental data

  • Biographies of all current governors and senators, plus cultural, historical and political figures

  • Images of state flags, symbols, landmarks, and Top news stories that are updated daily

  • Primary source documents including the constitution and most current State-of-the-State governors’ speeches

  • Clioview – An exclusive online statistical tool that enables students to analyze and compare data from all 50 states on such issues as population density, unemployment rate and more.


Covers 200+ countries, features history, government, politics, law, economy, environment and culture as well as in-depth statistics on population, climate and economics. Comparative country data charts can be customized online.

Special Features:

  • Regular news updates

  • Primary and secondary sources, 1,300+ biographies and photos of current world leaders

  • Interactive maps and activities for analyzing and interpreting geographic information

  • Cartographic essays to help interpret maps and understand world events

  • Clioview an exclusive online statistical tool that enables students to compare data between countries in such areas as illiteracy, population growth rate, natural resources, GDP per capita and more.


Covers human history — from prehistoric times to the beginnings of the Renaissance—with an unmatched collection of online reference entries, primary sources, interactive lessons, study tools, and librarian and teacher support features.

Special Features:

  • Primary source documents, including the Code of Hammurabi, the Edict of Milan, and Egyptian Hymns to the Sun.

  • Profiles of city-states, countries, and regions of the ancient world such as Ur, Canaan, the Roman Empire, Sparta, and Carthage.

  • Interactive timelines for all chronological eras covered on the site

  • 1,000+ biographies of important figures such as Alexander the Great, Confucius, William the Conqueror, and Plato.

  • Worldwide perspective—websites range beyond Western civilization to explore ancient Africa, the Muslim world, and the Orient.

  • Content follows social studies standards and was developed in accordance with commonly used world history textbooks.

  • Regularly updated feature stories draw connections between history being made today and its ancient and medieval origins.


Aligned with secondary schools curriculum and covering historic events from 1500s to present. Students can participate in forums led by a history undergraduate, develop analytical thinking skills, and self-administer tests to assess their learning.

Special Features:

  • Customizable site to correlate with local standards, textbooks, and topics of study

  • Over 5,000 primary sources – documents, photographs, speeches, videos and more.

  • Over 80 topical explorations such as “The Spread of Protestantism,” “Napoleon’s Empire,” and “The Iron Curtain.”

  • Modules on key learning concepts leading students to dynamic learning threads, activities, self-testing, and discussion

  • Materials can be correlated to support national and state standards to produce achievement-oriented results

  • 3,400+ biographies of political leaders and 250+ country overviews

  • Maps, primary source documents, statistics, audio clips, events and timelines

  • Topical Features and This Day in History: thousands of curriculum-relevant entries


Gain a real understanding of today's most pressing social issues with this innovative subscription database. Useful for exploring current issues for social studies, English courses and research papers, it is also helpful for selecting and preparing for debate topics. Students from a variety of classes will find what they are looking for, ask better questions, and develop more sound conclusions. In short, they will leave your library more informed.
Special Features:

  • Explore section helps students develop critical thinking skills by offering analysis of current issues by historians and scholars, presenting multiple viewpoints, supporting primary source material, and questions for further discussion

  • Comprehensive coverage of 150 +of the most studied controversial issues, with more added every year

  • 7,000+ diverse entries providing scholarly research from experts on each of the issues

  • Includes primary source documents, 4,500+ images and hundreds of audio/visual files

  • Analysis and perspectives from scholars, a complete historical background of the issue, and supporting facts and figures

  • Content is written, selected, and organized specifically to help students understand and analyze the topics, guiding students in framing their own questions and supporting them in drawing sound conclusions about the issues

  • Ideal for everyone from the high-school debater to the undergraduate student to the general reader, Issues brings unique understanding to the topics that affect society on a personal, national, and global scale


Complete overviews of 27 wars, with timelines, causes and consequences, portraits of opponents, and links to supporting facts, figures, and primary sources

More than 8,700 reference entries on important places, events, movements, ideas, artifacts, and organizations

More than 8,000 primary sources, including photos, maps, personal accounts, and video and audio clips

The Analyze section supports student inquiry into historical dilemmas by asking questions such as, "How did Germany's military over-ambition eventually lead to its defeat during World War I?" and “How did Franklin D. Roosevelt expand the use of presidential powers during World War II?”


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All 8 databases



Online database containing 146,000+ searchable full-text articles from 71 peer reviewed journals published by APA and allied organizations from 1894 to the present. Historical files add 72,699 full-text records. Covers general psychology and specialized basic, applied, clinical, and theoretical research in psychology.

The following journals are included in the APA Full-Text journals database for the period 1985 to present:

APA Journals: American Psychologist, Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Emotion (2001-), Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology (1993-), Health Psychology (1993-), Jrn of Abnormal Psychology, Jrn of Applied Psych., Jrn of Comparative Psych., Jrn of Consulting and Clinical Psych., Jrn of Counseling Psych., Jrn of Educational Psych., Jrn of Experimental Psych.: Animal Behavior Processes, Jrn of Experimental Psych.: Applied (1995-), Jrn of Experimental Psych.: General, Jrn of Experimental Psych.: Human Perception and Performance, Jrn of Experimental Psych.: Learning, Memory and Cognition, Jrn of Family Psych. (1990-), Jrn of Personality and Social Psych., Neuropsychology (1990-), Prevention & Treatment (1997-), Professional Psych.: Research and Practice, Psychological Assessment, Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Methods (1996-), Psychological Review, Psych. and Aging, Psych., Public Policy, and Law (1995-),

APA Specialty Journals (EPF): American Jrn of Orthopsychiatry (2002-), Consulting Psych. Jrn: Practice and Research (1993-), Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psych. (August 1998-), Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice (1997-), History of Psych. (1998-), Jrn of Occupational Health Psych. (1996-), Jrn of Psychotherapy Integration (2002-), Psychoanalytic Psych.: A Jrn of Theory, Practice Research, and Criticism (1998-), Psych. of Addictive Behaviors (1993-), Psych. of Men and Masculinity (2000-), Rehabilitation Psych. (1997-), Review of General Psych. (1997-)

Canadian Psychological Association Journals: Canadian Jrn of Behavioral Science (1998-), Canadian Jrn of Experimental Psych. (1998-), Canadian Psych. (1998-),

Hogrefe & Huber Publishers: Crisis: The Jrn of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention* (2000-), European Jrn of Psychological Assessment* (2000-), European Psychologist (1996-), Jrn of Psychophysiology* (2000-), Swiss Jrn of Psych.* (2000-), Experimental Psych.* (2002-) (formerly Zeitschrift für Experimentelle Psychologie)



Designed to meet the extensive needs of high school students enrolled in various AP courses. It offers a

world of knowledge for students who seek to achieve academic excellence. This database is designed to

support students in multiple areas of study including mathematics; physics; chemistry; biology;

computer science; human geography; psychology; economics & statistics; government & politics;

environmental science; U.S., European & world history; the arts and music. Contains 5,500+ full text

journals and 460,000+ photos, maps and flags.


Biography Reference Center™ offers a comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full-text biographies, including the complete full-text run of Biography Today and Biography, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

In addition to keyword searching, users can also locate biographies of interest by browsing more than 25 genre categories, including actors, authors, composers, explorers, figures relevant to U.S. & world history, inventors, musicians, Presidents of the United States, current world leaders and many others.

Contents Include: 9,000 Biographies from American National Biography (Oxford University Press), Biography Today’s Complete Collection, Biography’s Complete Collection, Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, Columbia University Press Biographies, Congressional Biographies from the American Reference Library, Encyclopedia Britannica Biographies, Hutchinsom’s Biography Database, Notable American Women, Harvard University Press, People in the News Collection, Profiles of United States Presidents, Salem Press Biographies, and many more..


Features cover-to-cover full text for 50+ leading history periodicals including America’s Civil War, American Heritage, Civil War Times Illustrated,German History, History Today, Naval History, World War II and more. Selected history articles from thousands of full text magazines, journals and newspapers such as Smithsonian, U.S. News & World Report, Maclean’s and Christian Science Monitor. Features nearly 1,620 full text reference books and encyclopedias from many leading general history publishers. Additionally, the database contains 113,000 historical documents; 77,000+ biographies of historical figures; 100,000+ historical photos and maps, and 80 hours of historical video.

Available for MS/JH or HS


Comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It has been specifically designed for public libraries, secondary schools, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research. A full text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing.


  • Full text for 31,000+ plot summaries, synopses and work overviews

  • Nearly 160,000+ articles/essays of literary criticism

  • 160,000+ author biographies (including 20,000 in-depth bios)

  • 450 literary journals, 535,000 book reviews,

  • 69,000+ classic and contemporary poems, 19,000+ classic and contemporary short stories

  • 5,600+ author interviews and 8,400 classic texts


MagillOnLiterature Plus™, produced by Salem Press, combines all the quality content of both

MagillOnLiterature and MagillOnAuthors in a fully integrated and enhanced single database. This

database is composed of approximately 35,000 critical analyses of individual works of literature, 6,500

biographical records, more than 1,000 images, and a glossary of 1,310 literary terms. MagillOnLiterature

Plus™ contains editorially reviewed critical essays, brief plot summaries, extended character profiles,

and detailed setting discussions covering works by more than 8,500 long and short fiction writers, poets,

dramatists, essayists, and philosophers. The biographical essays reflect extended coverage of the 2,500

most studied authors and include up-to-date lists of each author's principal works and current secondary

bibliographies. In addition, 395 comprehensive genre-driven overview essays provide details about

important literary genres, time periods, and national literatures.


Middle Online Package offers the most complete collection of full-text reference resources available for middle schools. This full-text package contains SIX databases designed not only for students, but also for educators. The Middle Online Package contains the following databases: Middle Search® Plus, TOPICsearch™, Newspaper Source™, Health Source®: Consumer Edition, ERIC®, and Professional Development Collection™.

EBSCO Book Collection Non-Fiction Features:

Provides content representing a wide spectrum of works, including popular series from top

book publishers. Contains informative abstracts and searchable full text for 3,800+ popular nonfiction books.


Middle Online Package includes: 6databases designed not only for students, but also for educators. Middle Search® Plus, TOPICsearch™, Newspaper Source™, Health Source®: Consumer Edition, ERIC®, and Professional Development Collection™. Includes full text entries on core subject areas, and information on careers, health, sports, adventure, technology, life skills and more.

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