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PebbleGo Next Databases Now Included in UDLib/SEARCH!

We have acquired 5 new PebbleGo Next databases for the UDLib/SEARCH program!  These databases have content for grades 3-5.  The new PebbleGo Next databases are available on both the UDLib/SEARCH All Databases Page and the UDLib/SEARCH Elementary School Page.  UDLib/SEARCH now provides access to PebbleGo databases with content for grades K-2 and PebbleGo Next databases for grades 3-5.  Below you will find a description of the new PebbleGo Next databases.

PebbleGo Next American Indian History
Contains articles for each American Indian Tribal Nation.

PebbleGo Next Biographies
Provides information about historical figures in categories such as advocates and history-makers, explorers, inventors, athletes, world leaders, and more.

PebbleGo Next Science
Covers life, physical, and earth & space sciences, along with engineering, and technology.  Contains a critical thinking activity and research report template for every article.

Pebble Go Next Social Studies
Includes curriculum-connected content that enhances understanding in the areas of community, world cultures, economics, landforms, technology, and more.

PebbleGo Next States
Features articles for all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Upcoming UDLib/SEARCH Gale Webinar Series: Focus on Summer Learning

Support Summer Reading with Gale In Context
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Time: 2:00-2:30
Description: The 2021 summer reading theme, Tails and Tales, offers a wealth of ideas for inspiring reading with your Gale In Context resources! In this webinar, we’ll explore finding unique content to support this year’s theme and other reader interests. As you prepare your programs, learn how your Gale In Context resources can trigger ideas, provide additional routes to reading, and how to share content with your summer readers.
Register at: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/3116195460463/WN_nqqatIHFQLqGKA0XiAKDtg

15 Minutes to Mastery: Prevent Learning Loss with your Gale In Context Resources
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Time: 2:00-2:15
Description: Inspire and engage students over the summer so that they’re motivated, confident, and ready to tackle any learning challenge in the year ahead! With just a couple of clicks, you can use your Gale In Context resources to share trusted topic overviews, short videos, articles from top publications, and more to spark learners’ interest and encourage summer exploration of quality sources. In this webinar, we’ll explore how to quickly find information on trending topics, send it to students,
Register at: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/2116195463603/WN_TrNJoo7lRdyCCl1xgA_URQ

15 Minutes to Mastery: Summer Science Projects with Gale In Context: Science and Gale In Context: Middle School
Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time: 2:00-2:15
Engage kids with fun, educational science experiments this summer! Your access to Gale In Context: Science and Gale In Context: Middle School provides hands-on educational activities and real-world application of science whenever curiosity strikes. In this 15 minute session for librarians, educators and parents, we’ll explore how to find hundreds of experiments to support student learning
Register at: https://cengage.zoom.us/webinar/register/6816195469691/WN_vVehSfZPTe2G4p2jXSVcUA

Upcoming UDLib/SEARCH Encyclopedia Webinar Series

For continued support of online teaching and learning, we invite you to participate in 4 Britannica and World Book webinars in the coming weeks.  Registration is free, and certification of attendance is available upon request.  Please join us, and learn more about how the UDLib/SEARCH databases enhance online and hybrid education.

Title: Teacher Resources in World Book Online
Date: Tuesday, April 20 – 4:30EST
Description:  World Book is not just about the kids, there are plenty of resources here for teachers too!  With graphic organizers, lesson plans, and an entire site devoted to distance-learning our teacher tools are designed to help save you time.
Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4836623421885889803

Title: Britannica School Basics – Public Webinar
Date: Tuesday, Apr 27 – 5:00 PM EST (Note: The registration page may say 4pm Central Time Zone)
Description: Learn how to best use Britannica School to support hybrid learning and incorporate digital content into your classroom or Library.  Attendees will learn about special features, including informational text, expanded video and media content, and creating standards-aligned lesson plans with the lesson plan builder.
Register at: https://britannica.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oK0gKlDATQW9zIn8RsNKeQ

Title: World Book Online – Support Tools for Elementary School
Date: Monday, May 3 – 4:30EST
Description:  Join us for a hands-on look at how to incorporate World Book Online into lessons for Elementary students.  Compare and contrast with World of Animals, try out our educational games, or dive into learning with hands-on activities & science projects.  Bring books to life with eBooks read-aloud and built-in activities!
Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9212339951341465867

Title: Support Parents through World Book Online (DE)
Date: Wednesday, May 12 – 4:30EST
Description: Are parents looking for educational resources or activities to use while kids are home? World Book has you covered! We’ll cover promotion of games, activities, and other disguised learning tools to break up the day and support learning at home.  We have ready-made material for you to share via email, tuck in a take home folder, and more!
Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6802365494396031755

Available through November 30, 2020: K-12 EBSCO Research Databases

UDLib/SEARCH is pleased to provide access to a large suite of EBSCO databases and ebooks covering a variety of topics at levels K-12 through November 30, 2020!  In addition to providing articles, images, videos, and lesson plans, these databases include eBooks at the elementary, middle,  and high school level. 

Topics covered in the EBSCO trial include arts and literature, business and government, geography, health, history, science, math, and current events.  These databases can be accessed on the UDLib/SEARCH Trial Databases Page.

Databases in the EBSCO Trial:

Explora Primary Schools, Middle Schools, and Secondary Schools
The Explora products include newspapers, eBooks, literary criticism, poetry, and education resources.  this platform contains unique access to some of the top educational titles, such as TimeThe AtlanticCongressional Digest, and much more.

NoveList K-8 Plus
NoveList K-8 Plus provides read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.

NoveList Plus
NoveList Plus contains expert read-alike recommendations to help users find their next great read.  Book reviews and reading lists are also included.

Literary Reference Center Plus
Literary Reference Center Plus covers all genres and time frames. It includes thousands of full-text poems, short stories, synopses, critical essays, literary journals, reference books and author biographies, plus lesson plans and literary study guides. It gives students a complete foundation of literary reference works.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
Poetry & Short Story Reference Center is a rich full-text database of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, plus thousands of short stories, biographies, essays, lesson plans and learning guides. It also includes high-quality videos and audio recordings from the Academy of American Poets.

History Reference Center
History Reference Center includes content from peer-reviewed journals, reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, biographies, primary source documents, images, 83+ hours of historical video, and more.

Points of View Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center includes content from leading political magazines, newspapers, radio and television news transcripts, primary source documents, and more.

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center includes content from science periodicals, science reference books and encyclopedias, biographies of scientists, more than 2,000 science videos, as well as science lesson plans.

Now Available: Trial Access to Capstone Interactive and PebbleGo Next!

We are excited to announce that Capstone has provided access to Capstone Interactive and PebbleGo Next until November 30, 2020!  These products are available on the UDLib/SEARCH Trial Databases Page and on the UDLib/SEARCH Elementary School Databases Page.

Capstone Interactive is a collection of more than 3,000 ebooks.  There is no limit to the number of students who can access these ebooks at one time.  The collection includes fiction and nonfiction books covering all subjects and all grade levels.  The heaviest concentration of titles is for elementary school.  Middle school coverage is moderate, and there is a small segment of content for reluctant high school readers.  Books can be read offline using an iTunes app.  

PebbleGo Next provides biographies, science content, social studies resources, state studies, and American Indian historical content at the 3rd – 5th grade reading level.  These databases engage upper elementary students with subject matter created for and correlated to state & national curriculum standards.

To access PebbleGo Next, click the tab to the right of the PebbleGo tab.




 

UDLib/SEARCH October Webinar Series: Britannica Supporting Online Teaching for Educators and Parents

Please join us by registering for the upcoming UDLib/SEARCH October Webinar Series featuring ways that Britannica can be used for teaching and learning.  Registration is free!

Session Title: Britannica School for Virtual Learning 
Date: October 6, 2020
Time: 4:30 PM EST
Registration Link: https://britannica.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__3Wl7rzLSXu4QuRgYoTYTg 

Session Description:
Learn about Britannica School and how you can use it to support virtual learning. Attendees will:

  • Integrate rich Social Studies and Science content vital to instruction in a given grade range;
  • Explore built-in support tools to reach diverse learners including; read-aloud articles, language translation, text excerpts; and
  • Receive access to digital resources specifically created to support connection and continuity as you transition classroom lessons to virtual and student-driven experiences.

 

Session Title: Britannica Basics for Elementary Educators
Date: October 13, 2020
Time:  4:30 PM EST 
Registration Link: https://britannica.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MXbL55p4RDCLlx742w-UZQ 

Session Description: 
Discover Britannica School and interactive content to support your Elementary curriculum standards. Attendees will:

  • Explore Britannica content to meet curriculum needs (K-5 standards);
  • Create a My Britannica account to collect, organize, and share favorite content sets; and
  • Build digital content sets for the school year within Britannica School.

 

Session Title: Britannica Basics for Secondary Educators
Date: October 21, 2020
Time: 4:30 PM EST  
Registration Link: https://britannica.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M4YiVUI8QMaDnAPqKnqSEA 

Session Description:
Discover Britannica School and interactive content to support your Elementary curriculum standards. Attendees will:

  • Explore Britannica content to meet curriculum needs (Grade 6-12 standards);
  • Create a My Britannica account to collect, organize, and share favorite content sets; and
  • Build digital content sets for the school year within Britannica School.

 

Session Title: Britannica School for Parents:  Not your Mother’s Encyclopedia!
Date: October 28, 2020 
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Registration Link: https://britannica.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ipJglwAuRJ-p0AoeD2JSag

Session Description:
This webinar is designed especially for parents.  Learn about all the ways your child can explore their interests, get homework help, and conduct research from a reliable source with Britannica School.  Attendees will learn about special features, including:

  • How to search and browse article, image, and video content in any area of interest
  • Student support tools including reading level options, a read-aloud, and automatic translations
  • Activities and games to engage kids in all subject areas.

Summer Reading Content – Now Available: Trial Access to 4 Capstone Databases!

This summer it will be very important to keep students engaged with online learning.  We are excited to announce that Capstone has extended access to 4 databases until July 31!  PebbleGo Next, PebbleGo Read More, PebbleGo Health and Capstone Interactive can be accessed on the UDLib/SEARCH Trial Databases Page.

PebbleGo Next provides biographies, science content , social studies resources, state studies, and American Indian historical content at the 3rd – 5th grade reading level.  These databases engage upper elementary students with subject matter created for and correlated to state & national curriculum standards.

PebbleGo Read More provides 750 ebooks at the K – 2nd grade reading level.  These ebooks are found within the “Read More” tab in every article in PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Science.

PebbleGo Health focuses not only on physical health but also on social emotional learning for readers at the K – 3rd grade reading level.  Simply sign in to PebbleGo via the UDLib/SEARCH Elementary School Databases Page or the UDLib/SEARCH All Databases Page, and you will see PebbleGo Health alongside all of the other PebbleGo modules.  

Capstone Interactive is a collection of more than 3,000 ebooks.  The books include fiction and nonfiction.  They cover all subjects and all grade levels.  The heaviest concentration of titles is for elementary school.  Middle school coverage is moderate, and there is a small segment of content for reluctant high school readers.  Books can be read offline using an iTunes app.  

Now Available through UDLib/SEARCH: Complimentary Access to Additional World Book Databases!

World Book has provided complimentary access to the products below until May 31, 2020. These products are accessible by opening any World Book database on the UDLib/SEARCH site and scrolling down to the section for “World Book Products” at the bottom of the screen.

Activity Corner
Contains thousands of cross-curricular, low-cost, fun yet educational projects for the classroom, after school programs, and library programing. Activity Corner enables users to browse, save, and create activities for all ages.

World Book’s Dramatic Learning
Turns texts into plays, skits, and monologues and provides teaching tools to apply these materials in the classroom. It helps students become more fluent readers, understand core concepts, and internalize content. Dramatic Learning includes mini-inquiry projects, self-assessment tools, and teaching tools to facilitate instruction.

Banco de Contenidos aula Planeta
Is the upper-level Spanish language database, intended for high school students through adult learners. Intuitive search options allow easy navigation of the more than 170,000 resources: articles, images, videos, and more. The resource is perfect for use alongside both World Book Student and World Book Advanced as an English/Spanish supplementary resource.

Kids eLearn
A first-of-its-kind Arabic-language reference site developed specifically for primary students, eLearn ignites curiosity through an easy-to-follow layout, hands-on activities, world maps, customizable country resources, educational games, videos, and pictures.

L’Encyclopédie Découverte
A full-featured, beginner-level reference source, Découverte provides users with a database written at basic French reading levels. Seamlessly integrates with World Book Kids for parallel English-language content.

Science Power
Strengthen students’ science knowledge with more than 90 lessons complete with experiments and assessments to gauge students’ capabilities across two levels of science instruction. Ideal for grades 2 through 6, Science Power empowers students to take control of their own learning process.

Social Studies Power
Enhance social studies instruction with more than 100 lessons, activities, and assessments focused on core topics and aligned with most major textbooks. Social Studies Power is intended for grades 3 through 6 and offers two reading levels per lesson for differentiated instruction.

Now Available: Ten New Trial Databases and eBook Collections!

UDLib/SEARCH is pleased to provide access to 10 new EBSCO databases for the remainder of the school year!  These databases include over 800 eBooks at the middle and high school level.  Topics covered include arts and literature, business and government, geography, health, history, science, math, and current events.  These databases can be accessed on the UDLib/SEARCH Trial Databases Page until June 15.

Databases in the EBSCO Trial:

EBSCO eBook Collection
The EBSCO eBook collection contains 660 downloadable eBooks covering a range of topics at the high school level.

Explora Middle Schools
Explora Middle Schools contains content from the 1,200 newspapers in Newspaper Source Plus, as well as content from Middle Search Plus, which includes 160 Middle Search Plus eBooks.

Explora Secondary Schools
Explora Secondary Schools allows users to cross search EBSCO databases and pull together results for eBooks, articles, literary criticism, poetry, and education resources.  this platform contains unique access to some of the top educational titles, such as TimeThe AtlanticCongressional Digest, and much more.

NoveList K-8 Plus
NoveList K-8 Plus provides read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.
NoveList K-8 Plus Features

NoveList Plus
NoveList Plus contains expert read-alike recommendations to help users find their next great read.
NoveList Plus Features

Literary Reference Center Plus
Literary Reference Center Plus covers all genres and time frames. It includes thousands of full-text poems, short stories, synopses, critical essays, literary journals, reference books and author biographies, plus lesson plans and literary study guides. It gives students a complete foundation of literary reference works.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
Poetry & Short Story Reference Center is a rich full-text database of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, plus thousands of short stories, biographies, essays, lesson plans and learning guides. It also includes high-quality videos and audio recordings from the Academy of American Poets.

MLA International Bibliography with Full Text
MLA International Bibliography with Full Text covers scholarship in a broad range of Humanities disciplines related to global literatures and languages.  The database contains millions of citations as well as full text for 1,000 journals.

ERIC
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, it is an essential tool for education researchers of all kinds. 

Education Research Complete
Education Research Complete provides hundreds of full-text education journals.  It covers all levels of education, from early childhood to higher education, plus multilingual education, health education and testing.  

8 Remote Learning Ideas with PebbleGo

Explore 8 Remote Learning Ideas with PebbleGo.  This information is for early readers, and it provides ways to keep students engaged with active learning while they are away from school.  You will find access to PeppbleGo on the UDLib/SEARCH Elementary School Databases page and on the UDLib/SEARCH All Databases Page.    Please contact us is you have any questions or if you need the PebbleGo username and password.

A state-funded collaboration between the Delaware Department of Education and the University of Delaware Library providing online magazines, journals, encyclopedias and training for all Delaware K-12 public schools