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1 SIRS Discoverer Opens a world of information to students Online Tutorial |

2 SIRS Discoverer Overview Science Fair Topics Curriculum Skills Builder Textbook supplement Provide Pathfinders Curriculum Integration Homework Help Download Photographs, Graphics, Maps, Charts Utilize Interactive Games Research Projects Find Materials Linked to State, National including Common Core, Canadian Standards Persuasive Speeches Debate Team Research Current Events Primary Source Materials Analyze Statistical Data Editorial Cartoons How Can I Utilize SIRS Discoverer in My Library or Classroom?

3 An award-winning general reference supporting differentiated instruction with high- interest content. Editors carefully select all content for its educational content, interest, and level of readability. Strengthens information literacy, research, reading, writing, and computer skills. SIRS Discoverer ® SIRS Discoverer Overview

4 100% full-text articles and images from newspapers, magazines and government documents. Cross-curriculum topics can be easily integrated into any classroom, media center or public library. Articles and graphics from more than 2,100 domestic and international sources. 9,000+ educational weblinks

5 Standard and advanced search methods Subject tree of cross- curricular topics WebFind collection of editorial-selected websites Spotlight of the Month Reference content Top pick selected by editorial staff Database Features that highlight popular content Help resources Pathfinders to Content Navigating the Interface

6 Standards Correlation Link off the homepage to Standards Correlated to content within SIRS Discoverer including: National Governors Association Common Core State Standards U.S. States Standards International Baccalaureate AASL Standards for the 21 st - Century Learner ISTE National Educational Technology Standards Department of Defense Education National Academy of Sciences National Council for the Social Studies National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

7 Navigating the Interface: Search Useful when there is a specific research topic in mind. Utilizes a search index to quickly located articles on a particular subject. Autocomplete provides automatic suggested terms to guide research. Option to sort by relevance or date (more sort options available in results list). Subject Heading Search

8 Navigating the Interface: Search Useful for an open search of preferred key words and phrases. Ideal to teach search strategies such as Boolean, truncation and use of quotes. Autocomplete provides automatic suggested terms to guide research. Option to sort by relevance or date (more sort options available in results list). Keyword Search

9 Navigating the Interface: Search Useful for a focused search with multiple options. Search full text, title or author with the option of combining searches with Boolean operators. Filter options include reading level, reference content and lexile range. Links to dictionary, thesaurus, and help menu. Search tips and citation tips are provided for reference. Advanced Search

10 Navigating the Interface: Browse Useful for general topic exploration and to show how topics relate to one another. Drill down from 15 categories of cross- curricular topics. Subjects are divided into sub-topics, or branches, creating a hierarchal subject tree making it simple for users to narrow in on needed information. Browse Subject Tree

11 Navigating the Interface: Browse Hierarchal topic path appears on top left. Subtopics are listed on right. Select the branch to navigate to that level of the tree for material specific to your lesson plan or research needs. Browse Subject Tree

12 Navigating the Interface: Web Collection of dynamically updated websites. Websites are fully integrated in article results. Evaluated for curriculum alignment, research value, high interest, credibility, and age appropriateness. Monitored for content changes by SIRS' sophisticated software. Discoverer WebFind

13 Navigating the Interface: Reference Current Events Dynamically updated with full-text articles and graphics. New content added daily. Editor-selected to encourage research and awareness of current events.

14 Navigating the Interface: Reference Monthly Spotlight covers a unique, curriculum- related topic every month. Events Calendar presents notable birthdays, holidays and anniversaries daily. In the News highlights an important current issue and features a multiple-choice question and ChallengeQuest. Spotlight of the Month

15 Navigating the Interface: Reference World Almanac for Kids The World Almanac ® for Kids provides information on a variety of topics including people, countries, animals, the environment, and history. Search or browse a table of contents. View maps and other related graphics.

16 Navigating the Interface: Reference Encyclopedia Search Comptons by Britannica's 17,440 entries. Research articles and images covering science, math, history, cultures, ideas, the natural world, places, people, and more.

17 Navigating the Interface: Features Highlights a featured article and image selected by the SIRS Discoverer editorial team. Featured content is tied to timely and cross- curricular themes. Top Pick

18 Navigating the Interface: Features Interactive tool to discover science fair topics. Uses everyday materials found in your home. Science curricula area is clearly labeled. Two step process: Explore a topic Choose a project Find Out More links to background reference information. Science Fair Explorer

19 Navigating the Interface: Features Interactive feature to practice key skills for standardized tests. Game-like activities divided by curriculum- based subjects. Connects to quality educational websites. Useful for homework help, classroom activities or as a resource in the library. Skills Discoverer

20 Navigating the Interface: Features Features 22 types of full- text activities including: Debate Craft projects Math exercises Writing activities Activities are labeled (with an a) to make them easy to identify within article results. PDFs, where available, are ideal for classroom printables. Activities

21 Navigating the Interface: Features 1,500+ full-text biographies of famous and notable people, including U.S. Presidents. Multiple reading levels. Labeled (with an p) to make them easily identifiable in results. PDFs and website biographies included, where available. Biographies

22 Navigating the Interface: Features Features 17 categories of fiction. From Historical Fiction to Myths and Fairytales, SIRS Discoverer provides hundreds of articles, and websites, to suit every interest. Labeled (with an f) to make them easily identifiable in results. Fiction

23 Navigating the Interface: Features Articles with information on nearly 200 countries and every U.S. State and Canadian Province. Profiles feature data, history, maps, flags, famous people. Each profile includes a printable graphic organizer to aid in research. Country Facts

24 Navigating the Interface: Features Useful for projects and presentations. Keyword search or browse for pictures using an alphabetical index. 33,000+ high-quality graphics accompany full-text articles. Includes photographs, illustrations, maps, charts, and more. Also available as source type in results list. Pictures

25 Navigating the Interface: Features More than 3,000 detailed, printable maps are available as an online reference almanac. Maps include all 50 United States, the provinces and territories of Canada, as well as nations and regions of the world. Includes U.S. Historical, World Historical, and Outline Maps. Maps of the World

26 Navigating the Interface: Features Includes a collection of materials designed to help librarians and library patrons. Access anywhere in Discoverer from a link provided in the footer of every page, and on the home page. Educators Resources Additional resources and usage boosters available @ Search Widget

27 Analyzing the Results List Source tabs Sort by Details Related terms Reading levels Icons Article/Website Records Title Source Summary Descriptors URL Features of Results List

28 Analyzing the Results List Source Tabs Click on source tabs to narrow results by source type or explore related websites. View content by magazines, newspapers, reference sources, pictures or related websites. Analyzing the Results List

29 Sort By Title, Publication, Lexile or Date. Show or Hide details of records in list. Related Terms Related terms (called see also) appear in subject tree search results to explore similar content.

30 Analyzing the Results List Reading Levels Why use two separate reading levels? SIRS editorially-assigned reading levels take into account subject matter, depth of coverage and Flesch Reading Ease scale. Lexile Scores provide a formalized measurement by which students and teachers can track their reading progress. Lexile Score Table @ AgeSchool Year Typical Lexile Level 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 300- 800 400- 900 500-1000 600-1100 700-1200 800-1300 900-1400 1000-1700 1100-1700 1200-1700 Easy (Grades 1-4) General (All grades) Moderate (Grades 5-7) Challenging (Grades 8+)

31 Analyzing the Results List Icons Results are returned with special icons to indicate content types and features for each record: Reading Level View Subjects View Graphics Activity Fiction Biographical PDF Available

32 Analyzing the Results List Article/Website Records Title links to full-text article or opens website. Article records include Source, Date, Lexile Score, File Size, Summary and Subjects (Descriptors). Website records include Source, Summary and URL. Summaries, written by SIRS Discoverer editors, provide context and relevance.

33 Database Features Full-Text Articles 100% Full-Text Article Reading Levels In-line graphics Email articles and pictures Open available PDF Print for reading or reference Share to Web 2.0 social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter Subjects link to related articles MLA Citation Reviewing the Full-Text Article

34 Find More Information @ Download the latest source lists. Featuring SIRS, eLibrary, CultureGrams and other collections. Additional background information, training materials, posters, custom flyers, videos.

35 SIRS Discoverer Questions? Call our ProQuest representatives at 1.800.521.0600

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