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Junior Reference Collection Sample Searches

Junior Reference Collection is the ideal curriculum-based database for middle school students. Students have quick access to accurate information on your school's most-studied subjects: science, literature, arts, biographies and general reference among others. Junior Reference Collection adheres to national standards while providing access from the classroom, library media center or home 24 hours a day.

Search 1:

A teacher needs to find science experiments for a science lesson.

Solution:

  1. Open Junior Reference Collection and choose Basic Search from the Search Types toolbar.
  2. Type in Science Experiments in the search box and choose Subject as your search type.
  3. Click the Search button.
  4. Results retrieved include numerous science experiments on such topics as nutrition, optics, electricity, the Greenhouse Effect, and more.

Search 2:

A student needs to find detailed information on Iraq for a countries report.

Solution:

  1. Open Junior Reference Collection and choose Basic Search from the Search Types tool bar.
  2. Choose Iraq from the popular topics picklist.
  3. Results retrieved include a wealth of reference, primary source and multimedia content, including detailed information on the history, culture, and demographics of Iraq along with a country map, flag and seal.

Search 3:

The students in a literature class have been told to find information on an author of their choice; they have been instructed to locate various types of content, including a biography, critical essays, and an overview of the author’s work.

Solution:

  1. Open Junior Reference Collection and select Topic Trees from the search modes bar at the top of the page.
  2. Click on the Literature button and then click on Authors.
  3. Browse the extensive list of widely studied authors and choose an author of your choice (for example, Yoshiko Uchida) to retrieve overviews of works, biographies, plot summaries, and literary criticism and book reviews.

Search 4:

A student needs to find a biography on John F. Kennedy as well as information on the 1960s for a class assignment.

Solution:

  1. Open Junior Reference Collection and choose Basic Search from the Search Types toolbar.
  2. Type in John. F. Kennedy in the search box and choose Subject as your search type.
  3. Click the Search button.
  4. Results include biographies on Kennedy, information about his administration, event overviews, and much more.
  5. Now, in the Quick Search box on the upper left of the results page, type in 1960s.
  6. Results include overviews of art in the 1960s, the media in the 1960s, science and technology in the 1960s and much more.

Search 5:

A student needs to incorporate photographs and illustrations into a class project on Native Americans.

Solution:

  1. Open Junior Reference Collection and choose Basic Search from the Search Types toolbar.
  2. Type in Native Americans in the search box and choose Subject as your search type.
  3. Check Multimedia as a content type.
  4. Click the Search button.
  5. Results retrieved include more than 70 images on Native Americans. Students can get additional images by clicking on the Google image search button (configurable) from the Multimedia tab.

Search 6:

A teacher needs to find content correlated to the national social studies curriculum standards, particularly in the area of the American Revolution.

Solution:

  1. Open Junior Reference Collection and choose Curriculum Standards from the Search Types toolbar.
  2. Click on Curriculum Standards for Social Studies under the National Standards heading on the Curriculum Standards Browse page.
  3. Choose Curriculum Standards for Social Studies—Middle School.
  4. Click on U.S. History, and then Era 3: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
  5. Find documents on such subjects as the American Revolution, the U.S. Constitution, and more.
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