The Curious Case of Puerto Rico: Neither a U.S. State nor an Independent Country

| By Mark Mikula | As we pay tribute to the many Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation this Hispanic Heritage Month, let’s reflect on commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which has, throughout its history, held a unique position in its relationship to the United States. Puerto Rico was “discovered” in 1493 … Read more

School Library Connection Reviews: UXL Ignition Science: Collaborative Projects

UXL Ignition Science: Collaborative Projects addresses the changing landscape of how students assimilate content. This collection stands apart in the world of science education with nearly 70 projects that include step-by-step instructions, budget, and timetable estimations, expected outputs, and measures for evaluating success. Later this year, School Library Connection (SLC) will publish their review of UXL Ignition Science in … Read more

Understanding Suicide Awareness & Prevention Through Gale Resources

| By Tracie Moy | Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and suicide rates have increased by more than 25% in the last two decades1. Acknowledging for every suicide there are 25 attempts that aren’t fatal, you realize the extent of our current mental health crisis. Suicide awareness and … Read more

Start the School Year Strong

Raise your hand if you’re ready for the school year! With a new school year comes new lesson plans, new challenges—and more opportunities to empower success. At Gale, we’re here to help you start—and finish—the year strong. Take eBooks for example, to help you overcome the barriers to successfully implementing eBook programs, we’ve highlighted three … Read more

Don’t Keep Your Patrons Waiting

New editions of eBook titles you may already own are coming soon! Empower and support your users in all their learning endeavors and interests by providing access to the most current, essential, and relevant content as soon as it’s available. New editions of titles include: Gale Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, 2nd ed. Publishing Sep. 2018 … Read more

American Reference Books Annual Reviews: Genetics, 2nd Edition

Genetics, 2nd Edition provides a thorough presentation of genetics in the 21st century, including foundational concepts, key scientific and historical themes, ethical issues, and advances in the science. Selected eBook entries contain animated videos created by the Stated Clearly team of artists and scientists, plus Associated Press videos that highlight genetics topics within the context of … Read more

Gale Researches: Immigration and Migration

| By Traci Cothran | Immigration issues are in the news daily, and the constant barrage of information – and disinformation – is mind-boggling.  How to make sense of it?  KNOWLEDGE! I flipped through Gale’s new eBook on GVRL, Immigration and Migration: In Context, to see what I could learn, and “Push-Pull Factors of Migration” … Read more

Cloning Pets: Good, Bad, or Scary?

Earlier this year the story surfaced that singing legend Barbra Streisand had cloned her beloved dog, Samantha, who had died at the age of 14. As the result of cloning Streisand’s Coton de Tulear, three puppies were created, two of which Streisand kept.  Ethical issues arose surrounding the question of whether pets should be cloned … Read more

The “Granddaddy of Guides”

Gale Directory of Databases offers comprehensive coverage of the electronic database industry, profiling more than 14,000 databases and more than 3,000 producers, online services, and vendors/distributors in an easy-to-use format. This month, Booklist published a fantastic, witty article by Mike Bemis, a former reference librarian at Washington County Public Library in Minnesota, where he questions: “why search the … Read more