April 2014



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State Library e-resources help students with year-end projects

The State Library offers a number of e-resources that can help students doing biography and science projects:

World Book Kids (grades K-5)
   • Important People feature
   • Science Projects
   • World of Animals
   • Games and Activities

World Book Students (grades 5-9)
   • Biography Center feature

SIRS Discoverer (grades K-9)
   • Magazine articles
   • Links to websites
   • Biographies database
   • Science Fair Explorer
   • Activities link featuring science and nature projects
   • Nonfiction Books link featuring full-text e-books

SIRS Issues Researcher (grades 6-12)
   • Leading Issues section
   • Topic overviews
   • Up-to-date articles
   • Curriculum Pathfinders feature answers questions like, “How do I start a science project?” and includes links to science fair projects

Gale Virtual Reference Library (middle school and up)
   • 23-volume Encyclopedia of World Biography

World Book Online Reference Center and World Book Advanced
(grades 9-12+)
   • Articles and primary sources

World Book has also enhanced its Timelines feature, which is available in many of the World Book e-resources. Timelines are compatible with iPad and many Android devices. World Book has created more than 400 Timelines on many topics, including science. Students can also create Timelines and upload images to enhance science presentations.

All of these resources offer read-aloud options, citation help and more. They are available from the Online Resources tab on the State Library website. They are directly available within the State Library and on school and academic campuses and available from home with barcode and password.

Contact Julie Erickson or Jane Healy, State Library Electronic Services Coordinators, for more information.