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Current news and perspectives of arts & humanities
Authors, artists, awards & glossary featured
100% full-text, standards-aligned, & lexiled

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Overview

SIRS® Renaissance®—Current Perspectives on the Arts & Humanities—is a reference database that provides dynamic information on the following topics: architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion, and visual arts. Full-text articles are selected from more than 1,500 domestic and international publications. Many articles are accompanied by full-color images, including art reproductions, photographs, and illustrations.

Articles and images in SIRS Renaissance are carefully selected according to strict SIRS criteria for content reliability, relevance, and age appropriateness. Users can easily retrieve information by subject heading, topic browse, and keyword searches. The articles are indexed according to Library of Congress-derived subject headings to ensure the best results can be printed, saved, and emailed.

State and National Standards Correlations, including Common Core Standards, help educators locate standards-aligned articles and other resources, which saves teachers time in the lesson-planning process, and ensures that library resources are correlated directly to learning benchmarks.

Lexile Reading Levels are also integrated into the product. Lexile scores match reader ability and text difficulty, allowing individualized monitoring of student progress.

SIRS Renaissance was custom-made to enhance schools’ arts and humanities curriculum, offering full-text articles from newspapers, journals, magazines, and websites. The resource is visually stunning, since many of the articles are accompanied by colorful images, including art reproductions, photographs, and illustrations.

Renaissance is updated daily. All content has been carefully selected according to strict SIRS criteria for reliability, relevance, and age-appropriateness.

Among the unique features that enhance arts and humanities research include: 

  • Editor’s Top Pick features articles and images selected weekly by the SIRS Editorial team for their exceptional interest and research value.
  • Literary Corner links to key resources and articles for the study of authors, literary periods, and genres.
  • Award Recipients lists major award winners in all of Renaissance’s eight major  categories
  • Glossary of the Arts provides extensive explanations of terminology, ideas, and people associated with the arts and humanities.
  • Notable People contains full-text articles and profiles of notable people in each category.
  • Recommended References provides suggestions for further readings in all of Renaissance’s eight major categories.
  • Spotlight on.. presents a sampling of articles to encourage research and awareness of a monthly topic, chosen for its timeliness and high interest.
  • Humanities and Education Humanities and Education: A Vital Union offers quotations from artists, educators and business professionals on the value of arts in education.

  • Content Type: Full text, Text+Graphics

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