November is American Indian Heritage (Native American) Month. Despite the existence of hundreds of different tribes of Native Americans in North America, there evolved a unique and common culture that was based on respect for the Great Spirit and nature.
Lead a class discussion about the relationships generally between Native Americans and white settlers in U.S. history. Ask the following essential questions for critical thinking: Was conflict inevitable? Why do people have trouble accepting others who are different? What could have been done to reduce the negative effects of conflict?
Have students use the following Library’s Databases to find information about Native Americans:
For additional databases and websites see our Native American Heritage InfoGuide
The District’s Native American Heritage Month celebration kicks off this weekend with the Native American Festival at the Clark County Library on Saturday, November 1 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This indoor/outdoor event will include traditional performing arts demonstrations by groups traveling in from the Southwestern states, documentary films, children’s art activities, Indian tacos, and a mini-arts market with jewelry, pottery, carvings and more.
In addition to the festival the library offers an InfoGuide – Native American Heritage where we bring together a wealth of information about Native Americans. The InfoGuide includes not only books, digital collections and websites but a list of databases such as American Indian History and American Indian Experience which contain valuable information. Using this InfoGuide will provide faster and better results than using a Google search.
Ø Did you know that while there are about 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States that there are over 44,000 worldwide?
Ø Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend the University of Dhaka?
· CollegeSource Online provides website links and college catalogs, when available, for colleges all over the world.
· For US colleges, try the Criteria Search found under the Advanced Search link.
· Criteria include: degree; major; enrollment size; whether the college is public, private, or religious; and tuition cost.
v For non-US colleges, use the Country Search, also found under the Advanced Search link.
v Listings include the University of Afghanistan to the University of Zimbabwe, along with 313 colleges and universities in the United Kingdom and 59 in India, besides many, many more in other countries!
People often come to the library looking for newspapers from other cities. Most libraries only carry a handful of newspapers in paper due to cost and lack of storage. Current issues of other papers can often be found on the newspaper’s website, but past issues can be harder to find.
- Check out the library’s newspaper databases for hundreds of out-of-town and foreign papers.
- Archival coverage varies, but can go back as far as 1851, for the New York Times. For most newspapers, coverage is less than 10 years.
- Read tomorrow’s news today around the world with Press Display.
Also, look for television and radio news transcripts available in Newsbank and Newspaper Source.
Many countries, which current U.S. foreign policy classifies as being part of the “axis of evil,” are actively seeking to develop nuclear weapons and other “weapons of mass destruction.” What can the U.S., our allies, and the UN do to stop this proliferation?
Using Sirs Knowledge Source from the SIRS Leading Issues section select “Nuclear Weapons” or “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” Student should be assigned or choose a pro or con position on the issue of their choice.