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February 2011, Volume 3, Issue 2

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Public Library Survey
February 1-March 31

2011 National African American Read-in
February 1-28

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 6-12

ACRL 2011 Conference
March 30-April 2

School Library Month

School Library Survey
April 1-May 18

National D.E.A.R. Day
April 12

National Library Week
April 10-16

South Dakota Library Week
April 10-16

National Preservation Week
April 24-30

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Electronic Resources help History Day research

Featured e resources of the month


Electronic resources help History Day research

As South Dakota History Day approaches on April 16, be ready to help frantic students and teachers search for materials by using State Library electronic resources to support this year’s topic, “Debate & Diplomacy: Success, Failure, and Consequences.”

Find appropriate full-text magazine, newspaper, encyclopedia and reference book articles in SIRS Discoverer, SIRS Issues Researcher, Gale Virtual Reference Library and these World Book modules: School Edition Student, School Edition Advanced, Public Library Edition InfoFinder and Public Library Edition Online Reference Center.

SIRS Issues Researcher’s Leading Issues contain many topics that apply to this year’s History Day theme, including Immigration, Civil Rights, First Amendment and Censorship and many others. Each Leading Issue provides a balanced approach to the topic. Research Tools further understanding and help students organize their research findings.

Gale Virtual Reference Library contains many relevant titles, including Civil Liberties and the War on Terrorism, Major Acts of Congress and Political Theories for Students. Search across all disciplines and titles in Basic Search or click a subject area and choose a title to search within that title only. Subject Guide Search and Advanced Search functions help you further hone your research.

Primary sources are available from SIRS Issues Researcher > Curriculum Pathfinders (right sidebar of home page) > Social Studies (mouse over gold toolbar) > Primary Sources (left sidebar). More primary sources, including Presidential papers, treaties, and Supreme Court cases are a click away in World Book School Edition Advanced and World Book Public Library Edition Online Reference Center. Search for primary documents in World Book Advanced by clicking Advanced Search. Under the question What Content Do You Want to Search, uncheck all and then check Primary Sources. Type your search term in the box below, click Search and see results. From World Book Public Library Edition Online Reference Center, click Primary Sources under Research Tools, type your search term in the box and click Search for results. In either World Book edition, a simple keyword search yields primary source results in the right sidebar, if primary sources apply to your search.

Free, direct access is available from the State Library website within libraries and schools in South Dakota. Free 24/7 access is available to citizens from home with a library barcode and password.




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