Richter: Database makes research easier for grade school students
One of the databases available through your local library is geared toward elementary and middle school students.
SIRS Discoverer is a helpful database for elementary and middle school students to find reliable information on the Internet for their research papers, projects or PowerPoint Presentations. It contains articles and images from more than 1,600 newspapers, magazines and government documents. The articles on this database are appropriate for children.
There are many great features to SIRS Discoverer including different activities, country facts, pictures and more. Students can browse by subjects or search by keywords.
Each month, the database features a Spotlight of the Month where it features articles on one topic. This month's spotlight is in honor of Women's History Month.
One of my favorite features on this site is the current events page. In elementary school, I would scour the newspaper and try and find an interesting article to write about for current event assignments. This page allows you to browse recent news articles and search by topic.
There is also an online encyclopedia where students can look up reliable information.
There are a number of resources for teachers on this site as well including lessons around the Spotlight of the Month.
This is just one great database we have available for elementary and middle school students. Visit your library's website to see what other children's resources are available.
Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library and you can email Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org.