| By Sydney Fairman |
Recently, School Library Journal published a list of Must-Have Databases for School Research. The list was finalized based on input from School Library Journal reviewers, as well as responses from an August online survey of independent school librarians gathered by Selene Athas, director of libraries at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore. With three databases listed in the article, Gale had the most databases listed out of any of the other listed vendors.
Read what School Library Journal had to say about the three databases below:
This resource aimed at elementary and younger middle school students boasts bright images and content largely taken from the pages of National Geographic Kids magazine and National Geographic print titles. Carousels display videos, photos, books, and magazines. Youngsters will find everything from butterfly videos to info on sharks. Along with animals, five other topics, such as history and the environment, are included. National Geographic Virtual Library, for older students, archives information from National Geographic Society publications from 1888 to the present.
Daily updates combined with an attractive and user-friendly interface make this an excellent starting point for information on global issues. A browsable topic list leads to landing pages with background and curated content (biographies, primary sources), though students can also conduct basic and advanced searches. An interactive map provides topics linked to specific areas. Integration with Google Drive and OneDrive is supported, and citation help is easy to find. Journal, newspaper, and magazine coverage from around the world helps students explore issues from a global perspective.
Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) targets users from high school to graduate school and offers information on careers such as firefighting, nursing, and cosmetology. Drawing on various education products, TERC allows access to SAT, ACT, AP, GRE, and other practice tests, as well as many professional, international school, and high school equivalency exams. Tutorials cover core academic skills (via slide decks and videos), and users will also appreciate short articles on test stress and study skills. A step-by-step résumé builder, career library, and college, graduate school, and scholarship searches are also available.