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October 2012, Volume 4, Issue 9

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book South Dakota 2012

Banned Books Week
Sept. 30 - Oct. 6

Banned Websites Awareness Day
Oct. 3

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 3-5

Teen Read Week
Oct. 14-20

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 21-27

National Novel Writing Month

International Games Day
Nov. 3

American Education Week
Nov. 11-17

SIRSFeatured e-Resources of the Month
SIRS is your US Presidential election source and more

Featured eResources of the Month


SIRS is your US Presidential election source and more

SIRS DiscovererHelp your patrons and students find US Presidential election information from age-appropriate, safe, trustworthy sources in SIRS Discoverer (grades K-9) and SIRS Issues Researcher (grades 6-12). These online full-text articles have been selected by editors with educators in mind.

SIRS Discoverer's special election information is updated weekly. Find it under "Database Features" on the right side of the home page.

SIRS Issues Researcher has made the election one of several new Leading Issues. It's one of the Top Ten, featured front and center. For more comparisons on issues, click the "Election 2012" link on the right side of the home page.

Other new Leading Issues in SIRS Issues Researcher include charter schools, cursive writing, diplomacy, foreign policy, fracking, junk food tax and targeted strikes.

Both SIRS databases have added a link to Common Core Correlations, connecting teachers to supporting material.

More of what's new in SIRS Discoverer

  • MLA article citations for patrons and students to copy and paste
  • 2012 World Almanac for Kids
  • Redesigned "Country Facts" landing page with revised fact pages containing links to additional resources, including teacher materials and websites

More of what's new in SIRS Issues Researcher

  • 2012 World Almanac and Book of Facts
  • "Spotlight On" includes pages with information and links for National High School Debate Topic, National History Day and Constitution Day (see "Spotlight's" archive on the left side of the page)

SIRS Discoverer and SIRS Issues Researcher, as well as the other State Library online resources, are found by going to and clicking the "Online Resources" tab.





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