May 27, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

A Dino Guide, a Biblical Who’s Who, and More Reference Titles

New titles from DK shed light on dinosaurs and biblical figures, while a new Guinness World Records volume has a science slant.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

National Geographic Kids Guide to Genealogy by T.J. Resler | SLJ Review

Gr 5 Up –This comprehensive guide recognizes that there is no “typical” family structure and emphasizes that family is not just about bloodlines.

Infobase’s World Almanac For Kids Elementary Provides a Little Something for Everyone

With info on everything from animals to the weather, Infobase’s new database offers a trove of material.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

World Records, Atlases Galore, & More Reference Works

The latest print reference titles include atlases, a guide to choosing college majors, and much more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Customize Lesson Plans with StudySync

StudySync’s new resource helps educators create lesson plans that build students’ vocabulary, hone research skills, and much more.

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

Most Unusual Atlases, Animals Galore, & More Reference Titles

A collection of centuries-old maps, a country-by-country look at foods, a sumptuous look at the arts, and much more.

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

Reference Titles on Sharks, Medical Marvels, & More

Explore the world of tiger sharks and great whites; give kids their first glimpse of geography; and examine the history of medicine.

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

Reference Titles on the Presidents, Geography, & Science

These recent reference titles profile the presidents, offer a year-by-year look at science, and more.

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

Our Country’s Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency by Ann Bausum | SLJ Review

BAUSUM, Ann. Our Country’s Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency. 224p. chart. chron. further reading. index. maps. photos. reprods. National Geographic. Jan. 2017. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781426326851.

Gr 4-7 –A clear, colorful design; a variety of sidebars; and rich historical material make this a solid, go-to resource for information on the presidents. The text is chronologically organized into six parts, each of which features a two-page time line delineating significant events. Each entry begins with a fact […]

Guides to Nutrition, Math, and Careers | Reference Reviews

Whether you’re looking for guidance on math, advice on food, or advice on careers, this month’s reference titles have you covered.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 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

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

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.

A Passion for Fashion | Stylish Nonfiction Titles for Teens

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Nominate Your Favorite Database

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.

How to Start through Creating Citations: ProQuest Research Companion | Online Reference | January 2014

ProQuest’s new Research Companion serves as an effective introduction for those making their first attempts at conducting original research. A convenient step-by-step guide shepherds users through the process, allowing students to avoid many of the pitfalls of this critical exercise.

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

Smithsonian Libraries Launches Three Courses on iTunes, More Courses Coming Soon

The Smithsonian Libraries has launched three courses of selected content on iTunes U about early aviation and space history. More courses will be rolled out during the first half of 2014, including one on “Women in Aviation.”