Gale Interactive: Science.
Sept. 2016. Gale [ gale.com/interactivescience].
This unique database offers 151 interactive 3-D digital models that support standard
high-school science curriculum. Content
is divided into three categories, “Biology,”
“Chemistry,” and “Earth Science,” and then
further subdivided (“Human Anatomy,” “
Elements,” “Geology,” etc.). Users can browse
these sections or search by Common Core
Literacy State Standard, Next Generation Science Standard, or traditional keyword search.
Topics range from dinosaurs to butterflies to
planets to a step-by-step dissection of a fetal
pig. Chemistry models offer exercises and
quizzes, such as balancing equations, building
atoms and molecules, and working with an
interactive periodic table.
Each model includes an optional activity—a series of slides with read-only,
paragraph-length captions explaining each
3-D view. The slides feature crisp, high-
quality visual content, and users can zoom
in and out, go forward or back, or emphasize
individual aspects at will. Activities average
around 10 slides and include check-for-un-
derstanding quizzes. Users can share links
to activities or individual slides via Twitter,
e-mail, Google Classroom, and more. Mod-
els also include sidebars that list vocabulary
words and reprinted encyclopedia articles
from Gale publications. Sidebar material can
be read aloud, translated, copied, printed,
e-mailed, or downloaded. Schools fortunate
enough to have 3-D printers can download
STL files for 60 make-it-yourself projects,
ranging from a tapeworm to a turbine en-
gine to human body parts. Full citations are
included for all material. This interactive
tool will be helpful in conveying abstract
concepts and spicing up presentations.
Equally effective in face-to-face, virtual, or
flipped classrooms, this is an engaging and
recommended addition for high-school col-
lections. —Kathleen McBroom
Sept. 2016. Gale [ solutions.cengage.com/researcher].
Research projects are a critical component
of teaching analytical-thinking skills to students at the high-school and undergraduate
level. Fortunately, for both teachers and students, there are a good number of resources
that help minimize the legwork in that
process. This database from Gale offers an
array of topics, effective search and browse
options, and a streamlined overall blueprint.
Libraries can purchase the different topic
modules separately or in groups. Disciplines
available for comprehensive or individual
licensing include American and British literature, U.S. and world history, Western
civilization, American government and politics, criminal justice, psychology, economics,
and political science. (The full list of available modules can be viewed at solutions.
The U.S. history module, for example,
includes ample content in a variety of formats, including journal articles and videos.
A sample search within this module included clicking on a “Jeffersonian Era” card that
revealed a basic overview of the period; pertinent articles on the topic, including the
Louisiana Purchase, Marbury v. Madison, and
John Marshall; and videos, including an A&E
network video on the Lewis and Clark expedition and an Intelecom production entitled
The Early Years of Jefferson’s Presidency. Each
article is judiciously chosen and includes a
bibliography, citations, and accessibility features, such as a text reader. It is worth noting
that each topic in the database has been edited
by a subject-matter expert, an aspect that adds
greatly to overall effectiveness. Librarians can
customize the database experience by adding
links to relevant outside resources, both Gale
and non-Gale. This is a strong database that
offers librarians a range of purchase options.
History of Mass Tourism.
Sept. 2016. Adam Matthew [ masstourism.amdigital.co.uk/].
This resource is a multi-archive collection
that explores the evolution of European and
American working-class tourism from the
mid-nineteenth to late twentieth centuries.
Sources include the collections of the Thomas
Cook Archives, the Newberry Library, and
the National Archives, UK. Users can explore
personal travel journals, industry leaflets,
maps, government documents, brochures,
and other ephemera as well as a collection of
promotional tourism films.
Site navigation, collection overviews, and
search tips are gathered under the Introduction tab. The collections can be searched by
keyword or by selecting the Documents or
Galleries tab at the top of the page. Results
may be browsed alphabetically or filtered by
type, source collection, region, or theme.
Each theme has an explanatory page that
includes a shortcut to an alphabetical list of
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