April 28, 2017

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Today’s Economic Issues: Democrats and Republicans by Nancy S. Lind, Erik T. Rankin, & Gardenia Harris | SLJ Review


LIND, Nancy S., Erik T. Rankin, & Gardenia Harris. Today’s Economic Issues: Democrats and Republicans. 387p. (Across the Aisle). bibliog. ebook available. index. glossary. websites. ABC-CLIO. Aug. 2016. Tr $97. ISBN 9781440839368.

Gr 9 Up –The second installment in a series that aims to help readers get a better sense of the political parties, this title focuses on economic issues. In a democracy, each party advocates for what it believes is best for the country and the people. However, […]

New Reference Works on Economics, Dogs, Vietnam, & More


This month’s reference reviews include a guide to dog breeds, a look at the Vietnam War’s role in pop culture, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

“Zoom” in on Animals and Biographies with Abdo | Reference Online


Looking for additional materials on animals and famous figures? Check out Abdo’s latest resource.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Super Bug Encyclopedia | SLJ Review

Ref-DK-Super Bug Encyclopedia

Super Bug Encyclopedia. 200p. glossary. index. photos. DK. Apr. 2016. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781465446008.
Gr 5 Up–Striking visual content and a wealth of facts and statistics highlight more than 70 profiles of nature’s most interesting arthropods. Animals are grouped by broad categories such as anatomy, physical features, hunting, threats to humans, and life cycles. Each spread is devoted to a different species, with particular emphasis on a notable feature, such as the trap-jaw ant’s lethal bite or the see-through wings […]

Follow Your Interests To Find the Right College by Janet Marthers & Paul Marthers | SLJ Review


MARTHERS, Janet & Paul Marthers. Follow Your Interests To Find the Right College. 434p. index. Wheatmark. Dec. 2015. pap. $25.95. ISBN 9781627872621.
Gr 9 Up–Prospective college students will find a thoughtful approach to navigating the vast array of choices in higher education. Part 1 is a start-to-finish read, as it describes the general characteristics of different schools, as well as their academic offerings and student experiences. The comparisons are engaging and detailed. For instance, readers learn that liberal arts colleges […]

Strong Bodies, Healthy Minds: Rosen Teen Health & Wellness | Reference Online


Whether seeking information for reports or for personal reasons, users will find a trove of material with Rosen Teen Health &Wellness.

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Nutrition, Social Deviance, and Political Controversy | Reference


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.

Reference Book Reviews | June 2013

Native People of the World

Referencing American Presidents, immigration, and education.

Book Giveaway… Les Misérables: From Stage to Screen

If I can appreciate all the work that authors Nightingale and Palmer put into this book, imagine how genuine fans might feel…

Exploring Common Core’s Informational Text… with Violent Video Games

I’ll hazard that many of us don’t immediately think “games” when we think of “transliteracy,” but why not?

Review: ‘American Presidents and First Ladies’

While embedded videos and plentiful images offer a look at presidents in action, factual errors and typos mar this app.

Title: American Presidents and First Ladies
Author: Marc Schulman
Developed by: Multieducator, Inc.
Platform: iOS, requires 5.0 or later
Version: 1.0
Price: $.99
Gr 5 Up-Every […]

What Is the Future of Reference?

From the left (left image): Rocco Staino; Barbara Genco, Library Journal's manager of special projects; and Christopher Harris. From the left (right image):Jon Gregory, Matt Andros, Roger Rosen, Diana McDermott, and Geraldine Curran.  Photographs by Sean McGinty.

The world of reference is moving at warp speed these days. Public library patrons are used to Wikipedia and expect the same convenience when it comes to library resources. And in many school libraries, budget crunches, technology issues, and Common Core standards have made librarians’ jobs even more, shall we say, exciting. Wouldn’t you love to sit down with some of the world’s leading reference publishers and say, “Hey, wait a second! This is what we need you to do to make our libraries better”?