Educators: Here’s a Fun Way to Encourage Critical Thinking and Research Skills!

Posted on 9/28/15

By Traci J. Cothran

Looking for a great way to engage students, where they can research a topic of their choice and present their findings in a format (including digital!) that fits their skillset?  The National History Day competition does just that, by providing students with a broad annual theme within which they’ll select their own subject; encouraging them to research, use, and document primary sources related to their chosen subject; then presenting their findings by creating an exhibit, paper, performance, website or documentary.

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In Other News: Race

three hands from different race people clasping hands

A look at a current news item through the lens of different titles available on GVRL to find research inspiration.

By Michelle Eickmeyer

A fair skinned woman with a weave claims to be black. A white kid with twisted views killed nine innocent blacks while attending a Bible study. The president said the n-word. A lot of people are talking about a flag. The last two weeks have been filled with conversations of race and what it means in America.

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Happy National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day!

By Melissa Rayner

April 30 is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, a cause that is near and dear to this writer’s heart. To celebrate, you’ll find many people extolling the virtues of opening your home to an animal in need, and many others sharing personal stories of how rescue pets have improved their lives.

I’d like to take a different approach.

Today, I’d like to take a moment to thank the hard-working volunteers who help make this day possible by giving of their time and money to help take care of animals in need. While humans’ fascination with animals dates back pretty much to our origins, formal animal shelters (as we know them today) are a far newer construction.

We went to the archives to highlight some of the top reasons to recognize shelter staff and volunteers in honor of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.

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We’re Putting Gale Artemis: Primary Sources Front and Center

The next time you’re browsing your favorite essential primary source collection from Gale, be on the lookout for something new–and pretty exciting, if we do say so ourselves.

On the far right of the menu bar, you’ll now see an orange item that reads “Artemis Primary Sources.” Click on it to expand for an explanation of our new Gale Artemis cross-search experience and to try your search using the new interface. 

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ECCO Just Got Bigger… Well, Sort of.

Are you a fan of our essential primary source database, Eighteenth Century Collections Online?

Well, next time you log on to ECCO, be sure to check out the orange and white banner in the header. Clicking on it will make your ECCO experience even bigger and better, because ECCO is now cross-searchable with six of our other most treasured collections as part of the powerful new research platform, Gale Artemis:  Primary Sources.

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Gale Artemis: Primary Sources Just Quadrupled in Size!

We just launched several collections onto Gale Artemis: Primary Sources, our groundbreaking research platform. All of these collections are now cross-searchable and feature many new tools and functionality that the older standalone collections do not.

The following list of collections are now available on Gale Artemis: Primary Sources:

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New from Gale! NCCO: Science, Technology, & Medicine, Part II

Relive the development of modern science with new offerings from NCCO!

With over three million new pages of scientific content, NCCO:  Science, Technology, and Medicine: 1780-1925, Part II represents a significant expansion to Gale’s nineteenth century resource family. The collection, which offers students and scholars a rare window into the development of modern science and its methods, is presented in four major parts:

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The Three C’s of Digital Imaging

By Ray Bankoski

At Gale, part of Cengage Learning, we preserve history through the digitization of millions of pages each year. Using our extensive experience, we’ve developed what we like to call the three C’s of digital imaging, a guide to the industry’s best practices.

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To take primary sources from their original paper format into easily accessible digital files, we employ two types of scanners. The number of each is carefully determined based on the type of material included in project.

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