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March 30, 2015

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Step into Native American Research: PebbleGo Next | Reference Online

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With a heavy focus on Native American history (future modules will incorporate other topics), PebbleGo Next is one database you and your patrons will want to look for.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Best Databases: Watch science spring into action with these must-have resources

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SLJ has reviewed all of the year’s databases in anticipation of our best of list. The results are in: a roster of dynamic and on-point databases that will more than meet 21st-century student needs.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

History, Animals, and Zombies | Reference

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This month’s reference titles offer a detailed look at U.S. history that’s ideal for young readers, two animal-related guides, and, for readers who can’t get enough of all things undead, Encyclopedia of the Zombie.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Britannica ImageQuest: One image database to rule them all | Reference Online

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Britannica’s ImageQuest, a comprehensive, beautifully curated compendium of images, is back and better than ever, with a million new options for kids of all ages.

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A Passion for Fashion | Stylish Nonfiction Titles for Teens

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Whether riveted to reality TV design shows, thumbing through fashion mags or surfing blogs, trend-spotting at the mall, or mix-matching items from their own closets, teens have a passion for fashion.

AfterSchool Edge: Keep Them Edutained | Reference Online

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AfterSchool Edge pulls together different games into a tablet or desktop computer. Though more entertaining than academic, this is a quick and easy way to offer gaming options to the elementary school set.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

December Stars

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Enjoy a chimp-filled romp through Gombe with Jane Goodall’s latest, check out Kevin Brooks’s Carnegie Award–winning The Bunker Diary, and follow four generations of blackberry fool with Emily Jenkins’s sumptuous picture book A Fine Dessert with the December stars, which offer the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Scienceflix: An In-Depth Exploration to Tempt Budding Scientists | Reference Online

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Billed as “Science for the Next Generation,” Scholastic’s ScienceFlix is a highly engaging digital resource that offers students an in-depth examination of more than 30 subject areas.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Nutrition, Social Deviance, and Political Controversy | Reference

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Reference reviews cover a variety of topics. Check out The Encyclopedia of Social Deviance for a breakdown of taboos, and dive into From Famine to Fast Food, for everything you ever wanted to know about nutrition.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Reaching a Range of Users, from the Youngest to the Oldest | Reference Online

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This month, we highlight databases for both the oldest and the youngest patrons. While Sparticl brings together the best science material on the Web, World Book’s Early World of Learning focuses on users making their first forays into reading.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Look Back and a Look Forward | Reference Online |October 2014

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Recent online databases from Rosen and World Book introduce readers to the exciting world of science and the realm of reading, respectively.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Brush Up on Musicals, Cat Breeds, Sign Language, and More | Reference Reviews

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This month, we’ve got you covered no matter what you want to learn. Hoping to brush up on your cat breed knowledge? You’re covered. Want to take up American Sign Language? Look no further. And, Annie, get your ready reference—we’ve got your guide to musicals: stage, screen, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

August Starred Reviews

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Paul Fleischman opens our eyes to the environmental crisis, young Henri Matisse ponders The Iridescence of Birds, and Philip C. Stead takes to the skies in the August stars, offering the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Comics, Catastrophes, and Crime | Reference

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This month, check out a history of comics, a look at catastrophes and tragic events, and an examination of war crimes and atrocities.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Guide to the Bible, Career Info, the Ultimate Atlas | Reference Reviews

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The latest SLJ Reference reviews include titles that cover the ins and outs of the Bible and some atlases you won’t want to miss.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New Reference Titles on the Sixties, Food and Drink, and More; Continuing Series Updated |Reference Reviews

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From Presidential history to world clothing and fashion, new reference books for the K-12 library are reviewed, while several titles in continuing series are listed.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Science Made Simple: A Review of the Today’s Science Database | Reference Online | February 2014

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With every link and article, with every illustration and helpful tip, it is clear that Infobase had one thing in mind in revamping Today’s Science: student success. This database is attractive in design and easy to use. It is packed with well-researched, relevant information and provides practical tips covering not only how to maximize the database’s usefulness, but also how to maximize research methods in all areas of study.

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February Starred Reviews

Carle, Eric and Friends. What’s Your Favorite Animal? illus. by authors

What do six-foot tall (and rather rowdy) praying mantises, an aspiring nature photographer, and an artist with synesthesia have in common? They can all be found within our fabulous February Stars list.

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Reference Book Reviews | February 2014

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New reference works on mythology and folklore, science, the American Civil War, and more.

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Nominate Your Favorite Database

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In SLJ’s April issue, we’d like to offer some help in choosing the biggest ticket items out there—databases—by running a librarian-nominated list of the best resources available. We’d love to hear from you with your nominations. Which database knocked your socks off lately? You can let me know at hthornton@mediasourceinc.com.