#SummerLearning loss is a significant contributor to the #AchievementGap. #KeepKidsLearning


summer learning dayToday is Summer Learning Day! #KeepKidsLearning attend a library program or visit Hot Topic – Club Read Kids or Hot Topic – Club Read Teens for some fun activities or a good book to read! Pledge to keep kids learning http://bit.ly/SLDPledge

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My, Oh My Corruption is in the News Big Time.


Business man putting dollar banknotes into his pocketCorruption has been a part of human societies since the oldest of times. Corruption, fraud, embezzlement, theft, bribes, and kickbacks are all forms in which people try to increase their income at the cost of others. You can explore the history of corruption in a variety of library resources including GVRL – Gale Virtual Reference Library and Opposing Viewpoints In Context – search Bribery and corruption. Explore both sides of the moral, ethical, and practical issues of business, negotiation, and politics through mixed media types, including links to original broadcasts and images. Each piece of content is noted as basic, intermediate or advanced, allowing users to easily determine if materials are appropriate.

Find more resources on the library’s Hot Topic – Leading Issues.

Searching information for a paper? Don’t miss this new cool research tool!


topic finder iraqTopic Finder is a great way to see how topics relate with other topics.  You can find Topic Finder in Gale’s Power Search.

Enter your search terms; scroll down to the Analyze section and find Topic Finder and click. It’s that easy!analysis

SIRS® Issues Researcher now looks smart on a smart phone!


cellphone inforgraphicNow formatted for easy screen reading on a variety of smart phones and tablets, today’s anytime-anywhere learner can access full-text and image information in the SIRS® Issues Researcher. Delivering a more seamless experience for the student using a mobile or desktop device, source information is displayed, making it easy to select articles, media or website links. Additionally, prominent one-click-link features foster collaboration with other students and make citation effortless with direct export to the EasyBib citation tool.

SIRS® Issues Researcher.  offers curated, unique content supported by Topic Overviews, Essential Questions and Viewpoint Articles—providing students with a solid foundation for understanding the pros and cons of 350+ Leading Issues. New features now available include:

  • Eight new frequently-debated current Leading Issues—including Antibiotic Resistance, School Environment, and World Cultures.
  • A new Infographics feature to provide students with quantitative data and graphics to address a question or solve a problem.
  • Three new teaching and learning guides correlating to Common Core Standards, providing deeper understanding of primary sources, statistics and infographics.

To access SIRS® Issues Researcher you can find it on Hot Topic – Leading Issues.

October Hot Topics in the News, Turn Them into a Research Topic!


154SOCIAL STUDIES RESEARCH TOPICS

BUSINESS: Apple Smart Watch    

TOPIC: Apple has released its newest major product, a smart watch called the Apple Watch. What are some of its most interesting features and how do they work? What are ways in which this watch could alter culture?

SEARCH Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: Apple watch
BUSINESS: eBay and PayPal Split              

TOPIC: PayPal, the mobile payment service is splitting off from eBay which had owned it since 2002. What are some of the circumstances that led up to the split? What impact is this having on eBay?

SEARCH  Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: eBay AND PayPal

BUSINESS: JPMorgan Chase Security Breach             

TOPIC: Banking and financial services giant JPMorgan Chase has suffered a security breach that has put the financial information of 76 million customers at risk. What caused the breach and what could have been done to prevent it? What is being done to repair the damage?

SEARCH Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: JPMorgan AND investigat* AND (cyberattack OR data breach)

BUSINESS: Tax Break or Subsidy

TOPIC:   The European Union’s competition watchdog is claiming that Ireland’s negotiated tax arrangements with Apple amounts to state subsidy and is unfair to other companies. The government rejects the argument that they are facilitating exaggerated transfer pricing, where a company is essentially overcharging itself for things in one country to shift profits to low tax locations. Does transfer pricing seem right? Should companies seek to limit their taxes through any means possible? Is Apple the only company doing this?

SEARCH Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: Ireland AND Apple AND transfer pricing

For additional resources see Hot Topics – Leading Issues