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RESOURCE ACCESS TOOLS CATALOG 2012-13

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AP Interactive integrates the latest videos, photos, audio, graphics and text from The Associated Press into one, comprehensive resource. All while running on very low broadband. Interactives are truly one of a kind approach to research, lectures, lesson plans, reports and presentations. AP Interactive has an easy to interface, search results sorted by subject, people and events. With roll over synopsis of interactive file or click for more in depth details.


AP Images is how students and teachers can access the unparalled archives of The Associated Press. Powerful and easy to use, completely redesigned makes this database perfect for students of all ages. New content is added constantly (by the minute), its virus free, free of inappropriate content and outside links. All content is fully licensed for educational use. This comprehensive resource covers many area such as Social Studies, English, Science, Art, Economics, Cultural Studies, Religion, Environmental, Journalism down to Health and ESL. With over 8 million primary source photos dating back to 1825 to a minute ago. Over 230,000 graphics, maps, charts, logo's and illustrations. Over 1.9 million news clips dating back from the 1920 and over 2.5 million news stories and headlines written by AP staffers since 1997. All content contains caption and citation information. Operating System/Web Browser Requirements Windows 98+ Platform Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or later Mac OS X 10.2 Platform Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or later, Safari 2.0.2 or later


BrainPOP Ideal for both group and one-on-one settings, BrainPOP is used in numerous ways, from introducing a new lesson or topic to illustrating complex subject matter to reviewing before a test. Uniquely suited for 21st-century learning, all products are fully compatible with interactive whiteboards, learner response systems, projectors, Macs, and PCs. No downloading, installation, or special hardware is required. http://www.brainpop.com/

BrainPOP: Award-winning and proven educational resource including hundreds of standards-aligned animated topics. Covers Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology for grades 3 through 8. www.brainpop.com

BrainPOP JR: Award-winning educational resource aligned to standards of Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Covers Science, Reading & Writing, Math, Health, Social Studies, and Arts & Technology. www.brainpopjr.com

BrainPOP Combo: Subscriptions include access to BrainPOP Jr., BrainPOP and BrainPOP Español. (www.brainpop.com, www.brainpopjr.com, http://esp.brainpop.com)


BrainPop ESL: Innovative and award-winning ESL/ELL program based on animated movies and interactive features. BrainPOP ESL incorporates listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and is suitable for all non-native speakers - starting at beginner's level. http://www.brainpopesl.com/


CAPSTONE:


PebbleGo (4th module TBD): A fourth PebbleGo module is currently under development and is slated for release later this year. More information will be available at a later date.


PebbleGo Animals: Animals is a database designed specifically for K-2 emergent readers and researchers. It features more than 200 animal articles correlated to life science standards, animal audio and video, carefully leveled text, educational games, and innovative read-aloud capabilities.


PebbleGo Earth & Space: Database includes concepts like weather, seasons, Earth science, and space – all with the built in reading and research tools made popular with PebbleGo Animals. Leveled text, educational games, and videos support science concepts for your youngest researchers.


PebbleGoBiographies: The award winning pre-K-3 database for reading and research, now offers Biographies! Your youngest researchers can learn more about current and historical figures that have influenced the United States. Like PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Earth and Space, this latest PebbleGo database includes built in reading and research tools. Leveled text, educational games, and videos support science concepts for your youngest researchers.


CAREER CRUISING


ccAchieve (Application Planner): ccAchieve (Application Planner) helps students manage the complex process of applying to college and for scholarships, and submitting transcripts. Through our partnership with Docufide, secure education credentials can be sent from any SIS to any destination. Demonstration of product available upon request.


ccPathfinder (Course Planner): ccPathfinder (Course Planner) helps students build 4-year high school course plans which align perfectly with their career aspirations and graduation requirements, and integrates with schools’ Student Information System (SIS) to streamline scheduling. Demonstration of product available upon request.


ccSpringboard (Career Cruising): ccSpringboard (Career Cruising) is where exploration begins. It includes exceptionally accurate personal assessments, inspirational multi- media occupational profiles, richly detailed career and college information, employment and industry information, and a personal portfolio with a Resume Builder. Ready-to-use classroom activities and other support materials are included. Individual school trials available upon request.


Cengage / Gale


Biography in Context: Virtually every course of study — from history to science to literature — is ultimately tied to the study of people. Biography in Context (BIC) delivers outstanding research support with more than 654,000 biographical entries covering more than 380,000 notable international figures from all time periods and areas of study, including science and technology, arts and entertainment, literature, sports and fitness, history, popular culture, politics, and more. Now in Cengage Learning’s new portal environment—which provides focused coverage of the most-searched and studied people—BIC includes more than 725 portal pages on the most notable contemporary and historical figures. Examples of individuals featured include Barack Obama, Hosni Mubarak, Tina Fey, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Benjamin Netanyahu, Hamid Karzai, Leonardo da Vinci, Lady Gaga, Toni Morrison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and many more. More than 45 categories are covered in BIC, including Actors, African Americans, American Presidents, Ancient Greeks and Romans, Authors, Environmentalists, Historic World Leaders, Contemporary World Leaders, Nobel Peace Prize Winners, Notable Women, Scientists, Writers, and World Explorers. Multimedia is also a key component of BIC, and video, audio, and images are featured prominently on people pages and in search results. • Portal pages are edited by a large staff of experienced editors dedicated to ensuring the credibility, relevancy, and currency of BIC. Editors collaborate with a large network of contributors who are considered subject-matter experts in their respective fields. • Portal pages cover the most-studied people and are intended to provide students and educators with a starting point for research:  The biographical overview is hand-selected by editors and subject experts and is intended to provide users with a comprehensive yet accessible summary of the person  Featured content is also hand-selected and is meant to be the “best of the best.” A special effort is made to provide selections that cover all aspects of the person, include a good mix of content types, create relationships between people, and truly put the person into social and historical context for students. • BIC topic pages include the following content “buckets” or sections: reference, news, magazines, academic journals, primary sources, websites, images, video, and audio. The first results that appear in content buckets other than academic journals, magazines, and news are often hand-selected so that students and educators are able to quickly access some of the best and most authoritative content on a particular person. • Portal pages also include related topics to create connections between people: For example, the Nathaniel Hawthorne page in BIC references the following related pages: Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, John Keats, Louis May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and William Blake. • More than 475 new people pages have been added to BIC since August 2010, including 60 that were added in August 2011. Examples include:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge  Shaun White  Mahalia Jackson  John G. Roberts  Maurice Sendak  John A. Boehner  Nancy Pelosi  Jane Lynch  Rudy Giuliani  Elizabeth Taylor  And many more! • On average, 340 new portal or people pages are added to BIC each month. • New portals focus primarily on rounding out categories like Asian Americans, American Presidents, Nobel Prize Winners, Artists, Children’s Authors, African Americans, and more. Other factors considered include top searches, customer input, and national curriculum standards across major subject areas. • People pages in BIC are continuously updated, with a focus on updating information on living people. Approximately 500 people pages will be updated through June 2012.

 

Career Transitions: Career Transitions from Cengage Learning (product overview attached) was developed through collaboration between two Cengage business units: Gale, and the Career & Professional Group (CPG). Gale is a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses and CPG is a leading producer of textbooks, instructional materials and online learning for the adult education and training markets. Career Transitions is the first in a new family of Cengage Learning solutions based on practical life skills and learning. It provides people in mid-life--in the midst of job or career change--with an end-to-end workflow for discovering, planning and pursuing their next career step. Career Transitions appeals to people with varying levels of comfort with technology, helping them perform confidence-building activities as they navigate the 21st Century employment environment. In today’s challenging economy—or tomorrow’s knowledge economy--Career Transitions is a practical and timely resource. Bringing together the most pertinent and current career and job resources, Career Transitions walks users through the five steps of career change in one comprehensive and consistent online experience: Discover My Interests: This assessment section integrates Career Transition’s own digital version of the U.S. Department of Labor’s popular O*Net Interest Profiler. Users simply point-and-click in response to questions about various work activities, and Career Transitions recommends career paths based on their scores in six career interest categories and the level of preparation or experience necessary for the career. As users browse the recommendations, they can compare job and growth opportunities in their state and across the county, targeting the ones they like best. Explore Careers: Here users can explore and compare growth opportunities across over 900 careers and 1200 industries in their states or states across the country. Users can “target” the best choices for themselves and the system saves their choices automatically for later use in finding jobs. Unique “Learn More About” portals quickly and conveniently provide users with the most pertinent details of the career, including recommended education and training, salary, growth projections and a helpful list of common daily tasks. Longer narrative overviews often complement this information; the portals also pull in national and local job listings, opportunities to take online courses, listings of associations and companies associated with the specific career or industry, and news articles with recent trends and information. Gale assembles this cross-referenced content from O*Net, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Indeed and Gale’s authoritative encyclopedias, directories and news sources. By using its unique abilities to map disparate content into an intelligent, organized experience, Gale provides a single, consolidated place where users find everything they need to know without having to access and navigate multiple sites or systems. Prepare Resume: This section contains an intelligent and fully-integrated resume wizard based on the popular Cengage Delmar title, “Resume Writer’s Workbook.” Career Transitions helps users construct an effective and well positioned resume in six easy steps by providing useful tips, advice and examples. Users can also create targeted cover letters, post their resume to the Web, and apply for jobs online. Work is saved automatically for easy retrieval, updating and output, including printing, e-mailing and saving in a number of formats. Improve my Chances: Users can find easily accessible and useful tips and advice on topics such as Networking, Applying, Interviewing and Negotiation in this important section, as well as access to a personal library of saved articles, companies, associations and courses. Users can also browse through the ed2go online course catalog for more opportunities to improve their skills, knowledge or experience and overall job chances. Find Jobs provides a robust job-search environment that enables users to create focused job search profiles using their Career Transitions targets or search free-form around keywords and location. Through a partnership with Indeed, the Career Transitions job search engine pulls posting from all over the Web, including major job boards, company sites, education/military/government sites and local classified ads. Gale’s mapping capabilities ensure top functionality and suitability for users. Additional features: • Although Career Transitions is designed to walk users through the job change process, individual modules can also be accessed directly. • Career Transitions can be fully customized to integrate local resources, highlight local employers, promote location-specific classes and workshops, link to customized resources, and more. • All content, including resumes, career and industry targets, assessment results, bookmarks for articles, associations, and classes, and even job searches are automatically saved to the user’s account. Disk drives and flash drives are not required – it’s anytime, anywhere access via the Internet. • Since Career Transitions is fully-automated, users can take as much time with each section that they require and update as frequently as desired. • An integrated blog highlights current news and resources that may be of interest to users. • A special section--“Unemployed? Get Help Now”--finds unemployment services and social services for users in every state. • Videos embedded in each section tell the user what to expect from that part of the service.

Global Issues in Context: Global Issues in Context (GIC) offers global perspectives on issues and current events of international importance (with more added each month). This is not a pro vs. con database. Rather, GIC ties together a variety of sources to present a rich analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, cultural, science and health-related issues, as well as headline news from around the world. It provides information seekers with a framework to better understand 21st-century issues and events while highlighting global connections and the interdependence of all nations. GIC focuses on broad issues, such as counterterrorism, business ethics, human rights, famine, globalization, world trade, nuclear proliferation, and global warming, as well as more specific events and topics in the news that are related to these broader issues, such as genocide in Darfur, product safety of Chinese imports, the Gulf oil spill, the 2012 presidential election, and the tsunami that hit Japan. It also includes detailed demographic and cultural information on 245 countries and 21 standalone country dependencies, providing a foundation for cross-cultural studies and, international periodicals and news sources that bring additional insight and currency. Each issue/country covered in this database has a dedicated portal page which includes a variety of content sources and media formats organized by type: • Overviews summarizing background information, historical context, contemporary stances, and the impact of each of the issues and news events featured • Expert Perspectives analyzing an issue or event through multiple aspects, for example, cultural, religious, political, social, economic, scientific or health-related • Reference documents providing background information on all issues and nations • Full-text international Magazines, Academic Journals, and News Sources. • Primary Sources, such as legislation and court proceedings • Statistics, including interactive graphs, tables, and charts • Such Multimedia elements as images, video, podcasts, and audio • Links to Web sites, including government sites and organizations GIC also features robust tools such as a curriculum standards search, lexile’s reading scores for periodicals, a translation feature, research tools and a research guide, and more. Also the “World News” section of the home page is customizable, allowing you to choose the news sources that are of the most interest to your patrons.

 

GREENR: http://www.gale.cengage.com/tlist/greenr.xls GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) is a new, authoritative online resource that focuses on the academic study of sustainability and the environment. GREENR allows users to navigate issue, organization and country portals. A one-stop site, this resource provides news, video, primary source documents and more in highly accessible research areas covering relevant categories such as energy systems, healthcare, food and others. Researchers view content in a way that resembles the Web, allowing them to easily browse to find answers. Other features include: • Interactive World Map, allowing users to browse by country or topic • Contextual multimedia, customizable journals and news and refereed case studies From topics like food safety to the impact of economic development on international relations, today's important environmental issues are shaping the future and reach far beyond the United States. Additionally, as green collar jobs grow, this resource supports students preparing for future careers in the industry. GREENR helps information-seekers understand emerging GREEN technologies, issues around the environment and sustainability. Recent additions to GREENR include: • Videos & images – More than 800 images and 150 videos were selected especially for GREENR from third-party sources. • Case Studies – Almost 700 case studies were collected especially for GREENR from the Internet, all providing full-text. • Websites & Blogs – Nearly 2,000 websites were hand-selected for GREENR. • Conferences – Almost 700 conference announcements, presentations, and reports were selected for GREENR directly from the sponsoring organizations’ websites. • References – Most reference articles come from Gale’s award-winning reference works, as well as approved third-party sources, new essays unique to GREENR are being commissioned every day. • Primary Sources – More than 700 full-text primary documents were selected from the Internet especially for GREENR.

 

Health and Wellness Resource Center: http://www.gale.cengage.com/tlist/sb5118.xls Rated highest in user satisfaction, Health & Wellness Resource Center has established itself as the “go-to” consumer health reference in libraries everywhere. With Health & Wellness Resource Center, Gale has brought together all of the rich content that health professionals, students and researchers want and made it accessible in an intuitive interface. Health & Wellness Resource Center includes access to: • A broad collection of Gale’s exclusive medical reference titles • Medically-reviewed streaming videos • Harvard doctors’ answers to patients’ questions • Authoritative articles from trusted medical journals • Current and continually updated material with answers to your patrons’ most pressing medical questions • Full-text articles from reference and periodical literature with a single search query • A fully updated, easy-to-use interface with InfoTrac searching functionality • Clearly organized search results • Seamless Print, Email, and Download options for every article What is in the Health and Wellness Resource Center? • Health and medical journals and pamphlets (over 75% in full-text). • Health articles from 3,000+ general-interest periodical publications. • Over 800 streaming videos from Healthology. • Reputable sources including the PDR drug guides from Thomson Healthcare and Gale’s Medical and Health Information Directory. • Instant access to key, trusted health Web sites. • Mosby's Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary accessible from every page. • Links to Health Assessment Tools and Calculators. • Disease and Conditions summaries from the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. • Key terms defined for the reader in every article. • A custom Drugs and Herbal Remedies search. • New periodical and newspapers articles added daily so researchers are never more than a click away from the latest information. Where does the content for Health & Wellness Resource Center Come from? Gale's proprietary reference sources • Body by Design • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 3rd Ed. • Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer, 2nd Ed. • Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders, 2nd Ed. • Nutrition and Well-Being A-Z • Medical and Health Information Directory • Sick! Additional reference content from top health information providers • CareNotes System • Clinical Reference Systems • Harvard Special Health Reports • Consumer Health Information Source Book • Mosby's Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary • The PDR Family Guide to Over-the-Counter Drugs • The PDR Family Guide to Prescription Drugs • USPDI, Vol. 2: Advice for the Patient Periodicals and pamphlets • More than 1,100 journals, magazines and newsletters from 1980 — present • More than 860 full text publications • More than 550 refereed journals • More than 1,000 publications with full color images and PDFs • Only 27 embargoed publications in total • More than 2,700 pamphlets updated regularly Intuitive, fully updated interface The Health & Wellness Resource Center features a fully updated, intuitive interface -- providing multiple pathways to key information. Its browser style format enables users to browse the latest news, review a set of subject areas, review and select a particular resource, or search across the entire database. With its time-tested InfoTrac search functionality this essential resource is versatile and easy to use. The Alternative Health Module The Alternative Health Module provides a one stop, full-service resource for alternative and complimentary therapies. It provides a rich collection of books, journals, magazines and pamphlets for consumers and health care professionals. This module provides additional information on alternative topics such as herbal remedies, yoga, homeopathy, midwifery, chiropractic, and more. This body of information is the perfect, seamless extension of your Health & Wellness Resource Center subscription. Some of the references and periodicals included in this module are: • AltCareDex System • Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine • PDR for Herbal Medicines • PDR Family Guide to Natural Medicines and Healing Therapies • PDR for Nutritional Supplements • Complementary and Alternative Medicine Information Sourcebook • Acupuncture Today • Alternative Medicine Review • Complementary Therapies in Medicine • Complementary Therapies in Chronic Care • Healthy Villages • Herbal Medicine: From the Heart of the Earth • International Midwifery • Journal of Chinese Medicine • Legal Status of Traditional Medicine and Complementary/Alternative Medicine • Massage Therapy Journal • Midwifery Today
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