[kids-lib] Which Gale Databases Should I Use When? => Gale K12 Database Comparisons & Relationships

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Mon Oct 8 16:29:07 PDT 2012

Please pardon the cross-posting.

With our Gale statewide contract, we have access to a lot of databases. On one hand, that's great because of all the sources and information we can access. On the other hand, it can be a bit confusing to know what to use when. In an effort to help clear up some of that confusion, I created two documents a few years ago and updated them last month.

The one called "comparisons" highlights the databases that are specifically designed for a K12 audience and a few others that, while not designed for K12, can be helpful for many middle and high schoolers. As a simple starting point, if you work with students in grades K-5, I recommend starting with Kids InfoBits. If you teach middle and high schoolers, start with Student Resources in Context.

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The "relationships" chart shows how some of the K12 databases are related - how they build upon each other.

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You can locate the documents at the very bottom of both educator Find Information pages: http://secondary.educator.oslis.org/find-information and http://elementary.educator.oslis.org/find-information.

A version of this message is available in the OSLIST archive on OSLIS: http://oslis.org/oslissupport/announcements/2012/october-8-2012.

As always, if you have questions about OSLIS or the databases, please ask.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

October is Information Literacy Month! Learn more here<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/resources/InformationLiteracyMonth.aspx>.


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