The richness of KYVL offerings for K 12 students and their teachers and librarians is worth noting. Interfaces, databases and resources designed specifically to support the learning of our students contributes to the pursuit of life long learning. Our website includes an access menu that quickly directs students to the portals designed to ease their entry into specific resources.
Below we have highlighted some of the features of a few of those specific resources.
Primary Search (EBSCO)
This database is designed for elementary schools and children’s reading rooms. Primary Search Online covers a wide range of general interest topics. This database can be accessed via Searchasaurus, which is EBSCO’s unique search experience designed specifically for elementary-to-middle school-age users. Additionally, Primary Search includes the Encyclopedia of Animals, and features the Funk and Wagnall’s New Encyclopedia, which provides students with easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids. This database also provides the American Heritage Children’s Dictionary, 3rd Edition from Houghton Mifflin, and an Image Collection of 91,000 photos, maps and flags.
Middle Search Plus (EBSCO)
Middle Search Plus, designed specifically for middle school libraries, contains full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. Full text is also available for biographies, historical essays and student pamphlets. Additionally, Middle Search Plus contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History, reference books including the Funk and Wagnall’s New Encyclopedia and American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition from Houghton Mifflin, the Encyclopedia of Animals and an Image Collection. This database is designed to assist middle and junior high school students in learning how to research current events. This database can be accessed via Searchasaurus, EBSCO’s search experience for elementary-to-middle school-age users.
MAS Ultra – School Edition (EBSCO)
High School students who need reliable information to write papers and complete school assignments will benefit from the use of the MAS Ultra database that is designed specifically for high school libraries. It is the ultimate “vertical file” collection on topics from history to science.
The database includes full text article for nearly 500 popular, high school magazines including America’s Civil War, American Heritage, American History, American Visions, Archaeology, Astronomy, Bioscience, Careers + Colleges, Civil War Times Illustrated, CQ Weekly, Discover, Economist, History Today, Nation, National Review, New Republic, New Scientist, Popular Science, Science News, Scientific American, Smithsonian, World War II, etc.
It also includes full text biographies and primary sources such as political transcripts and congressional hearing testimony. Additionally, MAS Ultra (School Edition) contains more than 540 pamphlets, nearly 150 reference books (including the Columbia Encyclopedia, the CIA World Fact Book and World Almanac + Book of Facts), an Image Collection of 91,000 photos, maps + flags, color PDF and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.
It is a library within a library with useful visual, graphics and highly reliable and accurate data that will enhance any student’s understanding of a subject of their interest.
This is the source for current events. It allows researchers to explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms including controversial options and viewpoints.
Need students to prepare for a debate on current issues? TOPICSearch is a good reference to rely upon.
Incorporating these databases into lesson planning is a great way to build a strong research foundation for all students that will follow them on their life long learning journey.
KYVL Staff, October XX, 2013
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