What’s the difference between Popular and Scholarly Periodicals?

How do you recognize them?

Your teacher tells you to use a magazine, newspaper and a journal for your research. How do you determine if a source is considered a journal?  This quick tutorial  – Popular vs. Scholarly Periodicals shows you how to recognize them.

New Database – Study Jams

Study Jams is designed for Grades 3-6 to teach kids math and science topics through videos, karaoke, math tutorials and more. It uses real-world examples.The interactive content entertains and engages kids while making math and science fun and relevant. Teachers can use it in their lessons as it targets relevant lessons in the state standards and works with multiple learning styles.  Also includes quizzes and an Encyclopedia.  Kids earn points which they can use to create music tracks in the “Jam Studios”.

Currently available on the Homework Help InfoGuide and the Homework Help website – linked in the subjects: Math, Science and Recess – coming soon to Databases A-Z and Kids Databases A-Z 




Great Reference Resource for Students

New Dictionary of the History of IdeasMaryanne Cline Horowitz, ed. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005.  2780 pp.  6 vols. 

A six-volume survey of the history of Western thought and culture, presented through 700 alphabetically arranged entries. Each entry explores the origin, cultural interpretations, and historical themes of such subjects as beauty, love, feminism, diversity, and social capital, among many others.

This resource is available online through the library for residents at http://ilsweb.lvccld.org/record=b1499452~S12.

An older version from the 1970’s – The Dictionary of the History of Ideas http://historyofideas.org/DicHist/dict.html is available free online.

What’s your Olympics IQ?

Did you know that the Olympic Games began in 776 BC at Olympia in Greece? At first, the only Olympic event was a 200-yard dash, called a stadium. In 724 BC, a two-stadia race was added. Gradually, more events were added, and in 708 BC, the pentathlon became an event. Help students go the extra mile to learn more about the history of the games at SIRS!

Lesson Plan – The Olympics

The editors of eLibrary Elementary database have created a “BookCart” on the Olympics that you can copy and use with your students so that they can learn more about the Olympics. This BookCart has more than 20 articles and websites that provide relevant and interesting information on the Olympics–“Olympic Games.” It includes four examples of essential questions for critical thinking and suggested student directions for a report.

Go to BookCart: Olympic Games