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SIRS Issues Researcher - 2015 CODiE Finalist, 2014 Library Journal Best Databases

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Background and analysis on 345+ leading issues
CODiE award-winning resource for pro/con issues
Supports state, national and international learning standards
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When it comes to helping researchers understand the major issues of the day, SIRS® Issues Researcher makes the grade by offering only the very best article selections from more than 2,000 international sources. Analysis and opinions cover the pros, cons, and everything in between of 345+ social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues. Editorially created content with engaging Essential Questions with answers, and viewpoint articles help build solid foundations for understanding complex global issues. Articles and graphics in SIRS Issues Researcher are carefully selected according to strict SIRS criteria for content reliability, relevance, and age-appropriateness. Titles include: American History, The Christian Science Monitor, Economist, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, Global Viewpoint, Maclean’s, National Geographic, and Newsweek.

Thousands of hand-selected, authoritative newspaper and magazine articles, graphics, charts, maps, primary sources, government documents, websites, multimedia, as well as critical thinking questions, and timelines help broaden student comprehension of each topic. A Research Guide leads students through their assignment step-by-step. Users can easily retrieve information by browse, subject heading, and keyword searches. The articles are indexed according to Library of Congress-derived subject headings to ensure the best results can be printed, saved, emailed and shared.

New state, national, International Baccalaureate, and Common Core standards search helps educators locate standards-aligned articles and other resources, saving teachers time in the lesson planning process, and ensures that library resources are correlated directly to learning benchmarks.

Lexile Reading Levels are integrated with each full-text article. Lexile scores match reader ability and text difficulty, allowing individualized monitoring of student progress.

SIRS Issues Researcher is available online through the SIRS Knowledge Source® portal. SIRS Issues Researcher provides the following features and tools:

  • Trending Leading Issues
  • Daily updating
  • Article Text to Speech
  • Language Translation
  • Citation Generator
  • Integration with Google Drive and Google Classroom
  • Responsive design, optimized for viewing on mobile devices
  • Curriculum Guides
  • Note Organizers
  • Educators’ Resources

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