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Key Facts

  • Format: Full text, Text+Graphics, Multimedia
  • Media: Electronic/Online
  • Coverage Dates: 1981-Current
  • Sources Covered: 130+

Overview

eLibrary® Elementary tailors all the media types and search functionality of eLibrary for the young reader. Students use the colorful, graphical search interface to find the answers they need from more than 130 magazines, newspapers, books, transcripts, maps, images, weblinks, and audio/video titles, all selected as appropriate for elementary school studies. For a Content List, go to the product detail.

The wealth of resources support student inquiry whether it's fact checking, homework help, or personal interest. Every magazine, journal, newspaper, book, and transcript is provided in 100 percent full-text-saving valuable search time and reducing the frustration of abstract-only results. Plus, the variety of multimedia content supplements and enhances text-only information, assists beginning readers, and supports multiple learning styles.

Find quality information from eight different media types:

  • Magazines. Provide more than 40 full-text titles that cover children's and general interest publications. Popular titles include Children's Playmate Magazine, Cobblestone, Ranger Rick, Time for Kids, and Sports Illustrated for Kids.
  • Newspapers. Track trends and follow current events with eight full-text titles including the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, and USA TODAY.
  • Books. Place information and topics in context using more than 40 full-text reference books such as the Columbia Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Britannica Intermediate Ed.,Webster's New World Dictionary and Thesaurus, and The World Almanac.
  • Maps. Find over 5,000 topological, historical, thematic, and interactive maps from sources like Maps.com and MapQuest.com.
  • Pictures. Explore more than 400,000 photos and images-both current and historical-of art and architecture, animals and plants, people and places, and more.
  • TV & Radio Transcripts. Get the final word on broadcast programs with over 30,000 transcripts from popular TV and radio programs like CBS Evening News and CNN.
  • Audio/Video. Use more than 14,000 streaming audio and video files to bring events and processes to life. Clips include historical footage, current news programs, animations of how things work, and more.
  • Weblinks. Search the web more effectively using more than 100,000 editor screened and selected websites indexed by topics appropriate to K-6 study.

Accessing eLibrary Elementary

The colorful, graphical K-6 interface is designed specifically to engage and guide younger students. Users can select from natural language, Boolean, topic, or publication search. Older students can also use advanced search fields to further target relevant information. Results can be sorted by relevance, date, file size, reading level/Lexile, publication, or source. And, users can print, save, or email any result-making it simple to use and share information.

Additional features make research easier:

  • BookCart & QuizCart—Build persistent links to eLibrary Elementary content to create reading lists, topic pages, lesson plans, multiple-choice quizzes, and more. Using a simple point-and-click template, libraries can quickly add links to publications, articles, multimedia files, and websites.
  • Reference search. Begin the research process by querying a subset of reference works including encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries, and almanacs that help users find basic subject information, definitions, biographies, timelines, and more.
  • Highlight & lookup. Locate definitions and related information in a single click by highlighting a word or phrase, then selecting the appropriate search type.
  • Local administration. Adapt eLibrary to your library's needs. Add local library holdings, configure media types, block articles/publications, customize search screens, and more.

A monthly K-12 email newsletter is also available for this title. Stay up-to-date and get fresh classroom and library learning ideas all year long!

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