A Fresh Perspective on Alternative Medicine

| By Deirdre Hiam | Oils. Supplements. Cannabis. Everyone has come across some form of alternative medicine during their lives. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, 5th edition identifies many types of alternative medicine being practiced today, including reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, chelation therapy, kinesiology, yoga, chiropractic, Feldenkrais, polarity therapy, detoxification, naturopathy, Chinese medicine, biofeedback, Ayurveda, … Read more

Gale Has You Covered on the Facts about E-cigarettes and Vaping

| By Sheila Dow | Between 2017 and 2018, there was a dramatic increase among teen use of vaping devices in just a single year, with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting “any vaping” in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017, according to the findings by Monitoring the Future (MTF).1 … Read more

Booklist Deems The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets Suitable for Many Institutions

| By Gale Staff | The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets, 3rd Edition presents detailed, yet easy-to-read information on 300+ topics covering diet and nutrition. Entries include special and popular diets, dietary treatments, nutrition basics, and health-related concerns. Diet entries focus on the development and history of a diet; its basic principles; key figures that influenced … Read more

Product Update: Testing and Education Reference Center

| By Kristin Fust, Product Manager | Several new features have been added to Testing and Education Reference Center! The most notable are those released in the test-taking experience. These enhancements are currently available for preview within select exams, including the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, and Advanced … Read more

American Reference Books Annual Praises Three GVRL eBook Titles

How your users research is just as important as what they research. While other eBook platforms direct users to title-level results, Gale eBooks on GVRL is designed to cross-search all of your eBooks to pinpoint relevant material. The result? They spend less time looking for credible information, and more time diving into it. Earlier this month, American Reference … Read more

Nevertheless, She Persisted – Celebrating Women’s History Month Honorees

| By Deb Kirby | A couple of days after Senator Elizabeth Warren’s attempted silencing on the floor of the U.S. Senate during Attorney Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearings, I ordered a tee shirt featuring the now famous phrase, Nevertheless, She Persisted. That evening as my husband and I waited in the noisy lobby of Ann … Read more

Boosting STEM Achievement Through Visual-Spatial Learning

If you have ever taken a basic chemistry course, you probably remember making molecular models out of marshmallows and tooth-picks or whatever comparable substitute was lying around the science lab. This kind of molecular modeling is not only a great excuse to eat marshmallows in class; it also enhances spatial literacy, an essential part of … Read more

Tending the Academic Garden with CLiC

Posted on February 9, 2016

By Megan McCarthy

I love to garden, and over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at it. However, that wasn’t always the case. When I first started, every spring I’d run to Lowes, and pick out all the blooming plants I thought looked pretty. I’d bring them home, and plant them in my yard. Then, every year, I would watch in horror as they would wither and die. What was I doing wrong?  Well, as it turned out, almost everything. I finally consulted with a gardening expert, and found that plants had to be grown according to their needs. Some needed shade, some sun. Some needed dry soil, and others needed water. Most liked to be planted when they weren’t in bloom, probably the reason I was killing so many. I learned some important lessons, but the most valuable lesson I learned was, when you are in trouble, ask an expert.

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What’s your learning style?

Posted on February 4, 2016

Everyone has unique qualities, from hair and eye color to personal interests to ways of problem solving. I approach making cookies by searching for a perfect recipe, laying out all the ingredients before starting, and following the instructions step by step. Another baker might use the first recipe found online, locate each ingredient when needed, and regard a recipe merely as a guide. Still another baker might look up a segment from the Food Network online and follow along, while someone else may prefer to work in the kitchen with a more experienced baker who provides support through the process.

The method for making cookies doesn’t really matter, as long the result is yummy. Students learning in the classroom are no different. There are three generally recognized styles of learning. Visual learners process by reading and watching, while auditory learners prefer listening and reciting. Tactile, also known as kinesthetic, learners gain knowledge by doing or touching. Many learners thrive with one learning style, while some prefer using a combination of two or three styles. CLiC (Classroom in Context) can help teachers better address the learning styles of their students and ensure their success.

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Public Libraries Across the U.S. Find Reinvention and Value through Innovative Education Program

By Kristina Massari

Public libraries across the country are finding innovative ways to deliver value to their communities, including presenting high school diplomas to adult residents through Career Online High School, an accredited high school completion and career certificate program. Career Online High School is now available at more than a dozen libraries from coast to coast, with several launching this month, and has graduated its first library students.

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