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After taking a look at the “teaser” video, I am extremely excited about major changes coming to SIRS Researcher, which we here access through GALILEO. The new version will be known as SIRS Issues Researcher, and highlights of the sleeker and more robust version include:

  • Essential research questions
  • A more comprehensive look at an issue, including its historical origins and impact on today’s society
  • More emphasis on the “whys” instead of the “whats” of an issue
  • More emphasis on the global impact of an issue
  • More international information sources
  • More multimedia, primary sources, and statistical data [charts, graphs]
  • More search enhancements
  • Topic/subject/keyword clouds and maps
  • Social bookmarking options (YES!)
  • Notetaking organizers
  • Citation generators
  • New critical thinking modules to help you as students better analyze the issue
  • More global and diverse perspectives
  • An audio read aloud option
  • Print and nonprint sources
  • Article translation into 10 languages
  • Correlation to state and national learning standards

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These changes should be in place when we return to school in August!  In the meantime, check out these great “sneak peek” resources!