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Andre S.

Dvila MEDT 7474 Fall 2013 Literature Sources Reference Logs

NoveList K-8 - powered by EBSCOhost. (2013). Retrieved from sessionmgr13&vid=8&hid=20

Novelist K-8 is a database of fiction literature sources that was created for younger readers (the Plus version has nonfiction reading recommendations too). Within GALILEO, this EBSCOhost database is quite

impressive. Readers' interests and reading levels can be matched accordingly for a "good fit". Librarians and book experts, teachers, and other experts from around the country make recommendations of which students, teachers, and parents can review for each age range. Graphic novels are even included. Lists of books by topic or unit of study are available as well as ready-to-go materials that fit Common Core Standards. Finding the top 10, best of, favorites, award winners, and more, this one-stop shop includes reviews from professionals such as Booklist, Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal. Readers from Goodreads and Chilifresh are also included in the reviews. The awards list is inclusive of Caldecott & Newberry Medals, ALA Notable books, and Parents Choice Awards. Basic Search options include A-Z searching by genre or series. Advance Search options include Lexile range, Dewey Decimal Number, Number of pages, Date of publication, Grade level, Age range as well as information about the Author (Gender, Nationality, and Cultural identity). Once signed in, a user can create folders of information for later use.

This resource seems indispensible for the K-5 community of educators who love to come across pre-selected literature lists, annotated and reviewed for use in their lessons. Media specialists won't have to reinvent the wheel each time a new topic arises. With CCGPS abuzz perhaps upgrading to a Novelist K-8 Plus, it would make sense to invest in the non-fiction titles that the standards require. It's so good that the non-fiction niche

is more popular due to the push for CCGPS. I am quite certain that the regular NoveList database is just as exciting, but not geared towards the younger children. Therefore, both adults and students alike can look up literature reference sources online to save time (with this instant online access) and money (the normal gas one would spend on driving to the library). Trustworthy sources and current topics are part of the vast array of literature resources offered with the NoveList group of databases. My favorite section as a teacher and future media specialist is the NoveList Resources area. The links are appropriate and the wealth of information provided in the form of lesson guides, etc. is absolutely excellent. Have fun! Grades: K - 8. Subject(s): English Language Arts. Overall rating: 10.

Literary Reference Center - powered by EBSCOhost. (2013). Retrieved from sessionmgr10&vid=1&hid=20

In reviewing the Literary Reference Center through GALILEO via EBSCOhost, I first noticed the variety of browsing options on the left side of the screen. Most studied Authors, Most Studied Works, All Authors, All Works, and Full-Text Classics are the five main browsing searches. On the top tabs, a Publications link also will assist with finding A-Z resources or Subject & Description resources. The Reference Shelf is just below this area, listing Encyclopedia of Literature, Dictionary, Citation Help, Research Guide, Literary Glossary, and Curriculum Standards. Featured Work and Featured Author are two main areas on the home screen that welcome interest as well as teh Book Highlight secion near the top. Content Spotlight is a deeper look at at literary themes in detail. The database can be translated into one of 27 languages, as all of EBSCO products seem to have that feature. The database offers full-text entries from books and journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. Plot summaries, essays fo literary criticism, book reviews, author interviews, classic and contemporary short stories, classic and contemporary poems, and author biographies are included in this database that was created for "public libraries, secondary schools, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research". Grades: 9th - adult. Subject(s): English Language Arts. Overall rating: 10.

Gale Virtual Reference Library. (2013). Retrieved from The range of subjects of which to search in Gale Virtual Reference Library is as follows: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Information and Publishing, Law, Library Science, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies' Nation and World, Religion, Science, Social Science, Technology, and Travel. The medium of access are thousands of full-text reference eBooks. 24/7 instant access allows patrons to a "state-of-the-art" trusted virtual library of reference tools. Shelf space is saved and searches can be completed using an individual work or an entire collection. As the titles are online, multiple users can enter through their OPAC or directly from the Table of Contents or Index pages. Options for Print, E-mail, or Download articles are included features as well as "on-demand content translation into 11 languages". There is a A-Z title list and a Dictionary. Search results can be filtered by Library Type ( Academic, Government & Special, K-12, or Public), Subject Area, Publisher, Distributed Partner, and/or Author Name. I have not been able to see a print copy yet of "Gale Reference", although it must be large and expensive for the wealth of information it holds. It seems that a large range of users would benefit from the literature resources compiled, although from the screens I viewed it looked beyond an elementary level, although it mentioned K-12 in its filters. Grades: K - adult. Subject(s): All. Overall rating: 10.

Little, M. R., & Bloom, H. (2010). Bloom's how to write about Robert Frost. Retrieved from _AN?sid=2132917f-1baa-426f-8f88-12e07d58495b@sessionmgr13&vid=1&format=EB&rid=1 This e-book that was available on EBSCOhost comes in full-text through GALILEO. It comes from Bloom's How To Write about Literature series which "is designed to inspire students to write fine essays on great writers and their works." The introduction is filled words from Harold Bloom as he lists the challenges and the rewards of writing about the particular volume's subject author. Then, chapter one provides step-by-step instructions on how to write a good essay. Chapter two is an overview of any issues involved in writing about the subject author and then Bloom lists many suggestions for paper topics, with strategies noted for each topic. The following chapters discuss the author's major works. This book does not answer questions, rather it poses questions. A writer's skill and imagination are necessary for the writing process that would begin after reading this literature reference. Author studies that tale place in high school would benefit from this type of reference. Now that I am familiar with Bloom's repertoire of references sources, I will always refer patrons to his helpful materials. I am glad that the online version is so easy to use, however, the print copy would be so very convenient as well. Grades: 9th - adult. Subject(s): Author studies. Overall rating: 10.

Literature Online Reference Edition. (2013). Retrieved from

This ProQuest database of reference materials on literature is quite inclusive. "Literature Online Reference Edition can accelerate research, enrich literary study, enhance teaching and complement any library collection. Every page has a Quick Search option, space for customization with library branding, Enhanced Search options, and browsable content list. Between sessions, a user can archive work easily. For a Search on Authors, the user can retrieve all resources on a single author or a list of authors by nationality, ethnicity, movement or period within the Advanced Search options or by browsing the Author Index. One-click "bookmarking allows direct access to frequently-used pages using durable URLs which can be pasted into e-mails, web pages, and course reading lists." E-mails will include OpenURL links back to the texts themselves or the citations can be downloaded into a variety of popular citation software. An academic expert wrote the information for the biographies, covering the author's life, works, and critical reception. Links to Biographies can be found by searching in Reference or clicking the link on the Author's Page. Users can take advantage of My Archive to come back to the information later or to save a citation for it. Even the full text of the biography can be sent via e-mail.Journal articles and bibliographic records can be found within the Criticism Search. The Subject field can look up a given author or topic. This can also be combined with a keyword search to retrieve material that discusses particular works or themes. "Alternatively, you can use the Author/Reviewer field to search for works by a specific scholar or critic. You can also restrict your search to full-text only, or by type of publication. Once on the Criticism results screen, the user can read about current criticism from full-text journals, or complete bibliographies of critical reception going back to the 1920s. Users can create a marked list and add records to it or save the search to their archive. On the Search: Reference screen you can search among four categories: a library of authoritative print reference works, Literature Online biographies for over 2,500 authors, KnowledgeNotes Student Guides, and Literature Online bibliographies. The asterisk can be used as a truncation device. The list of results for a Reference Search includes definitions of literary terms and surveys of literary periods and genres. "Hit-highlighting allows you to jump straight to your search term." Finally, librarians have access to

the administrative pages if needed. Grades: 9th - adult. Subject(s): Author studies/ELA. Overall rating: 10.