Research in Context Database Now Available


The Cabra Library is now able to offer students and staff access to another excellent collection of reference information. It is called Research in Context Database and it offers comprehensive detailed  information on just about every topic you could think of. You can access an incredible wealth of information on most topics and view or download these eBooks for later use in much the same way as the Gale Virtual Reference Database GVRL database. For a comprehensive set of guides on using this new research tool click here.

The Research in Context Database covers the following broad subject areas: Click here for the full list.

You will need a username and password to access the site, please ask your Homeroom Teacher for this. Access this resource and many others from the “Link Favourites” on the right hand side of our Access-It Library Catalogue.

For an overview and tips & tricks on using GVRL check out the video tutorials below:

How Much Media Do Kids and Teens Consume Each Day?


So, how much screen time is too much? Exactly what are the youngsters watching, doing and how often?

Common Sense Media has released the results of their research into the screen and media usage patterns of kids, tweens and teens.

Tweens, Teens, and Screens: What Our New Research Uncovers

By taking a “census” of kids’ media use, Common Sense’s new study quantifies screen use, identifies unique types of users, and uncovers patterns that could spark improvements in content, access, and learning.
Key Findings Include:
  • It’s not your imagination — media use is off the charts.
  • There is a wide diversity in screen media use.
  • Low-income kids lack access. 
  • Boys’ and girls’ media preferences are very different.
  • Social media use is big — but maybe not super fun. 
  • Everyone can be a maker, but not many are.

Read the whole report here.

 

 

New updates to Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre


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New updates to:
Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre

There are more than 150 topics in your Australia / New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre subscription, helping you to critically analyse multiple sides of a current / controversial issue, and develop persuasive essay writing skills.

This quarterly update includes the following new topics:

  • Australian Jihadists in Iraq
  • Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginals
  • Corporate Tax Rate
  • Drug Use
  • Education & Aboriginals
  • Effect of Mobile Devices on Personal Relationships
  • FIFO Workers in the Mining Industry
  • Journalist Peter Greste Jailed in Egypt
  • Nuclear Cooperation between Australia & India

All topics contain four essays written by subject experts from Australia or New Zealand, with a balance of materials from all viewpoints, overviews, arguments, and opposing ideas.

For more info on Points of View go here. For ‘How To’ Tutorials on ‘Points of View’ and other EBSCO Research Databases click here.

You will need a username and password to access the site, please ask your Homeroom Teacher for this or one of the friendly Cabra Library staff.

Website of the Week: What Happened In My Birth Year.com


This week’s Website of the Week is What Happened In My Birth Year.com. This site is  a fun way to find out what was happening in the year of your birth.  It was created by Philipp Lenssen.  You can  Check out more of Philipp Lenssen’s web projects here. Just type in the year of your birth or any other year you want to find out about and this simple site will start scrolling out all the facts, figures, people and things that made that year and that decade special.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Now Available


The Cabra Library is now able to offer students and staff access to another excellent collection of reference information. It is called Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) and it offers comprehensive detailed  information on just about every topic you could think of. You can access an incredible wealth of information on most topics and view or download these eBooks for later use, keyword searching…

GVRL is arranged into the following broad subject areas:

You will need a username and password to access the site, please ask your Homeroom Teacher for this. Access this resource and many others from the “Link Favourites” on the right hand side of our Access-It Library Catalogue.

For an overview and tips & tricks on using GVRL check out the video tutorials below:

Today is Safer Internet Day for 2015


SID 2015 banner

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.

This year’s theme is “Let’s create a better internet together”.

Check out the links below for more Cyber-safety tips and tricks.

Cyber Safety Resources from Common Sense Media

Cyber-Ethics from iKeepSafe

Issues Magazine Now with Online Access


Issues Mag now searchable online

We are pleased to announce that our continuing subscription to Issues Magazine now includes online access to all back issues. By logging into their site with the usual username and password you will be able to search back issues by keyword and read the entire article. So what is Issues magazine all about?

“Issues magazine will keep you ahead of public debate on contemporary scientific issues.  Each quarterly edition explores a specific scientific topic, with key experts and stakeholders given the opportunity to argue their position in the debate.

In each convenient compendium Issues publishes extensive background infor­mation and a diverse range of opinions on topics such as animal welfare, chronic pain, bioethics, complementary medicine, indigenous health, climate change adaptation, mineral resources and population growth, providing an unrivalled reference on the issues of today – and tomorrow.”

This is an excellent source of relevant, current info on controversial science and health topics. Really useful for Science, RE, even English. Check it out today. Access from the Cabra Library Homepage under ‘Links Favourites”.

Website of the Week: Eric Weisstein’s World of Science


Science World from Wolfram Research

This week’s Website of the Week is Eric Weisstein’s World of Science, a Wolfram Web resource by the folks who brought us  Wolfram Alpha. This site is an excellent resource for biographical info on scientists, Astronomy, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

Website of the Week: Essential Books For Kids and Teens


13-17 Year Olds Reding GuideThis week’s Website of the Week is Essential Books For Kids and Teens brought to you by the excellent Common Sense Media Site. This online reading guide provides very short descriptions of tried and tested, popular reads for all ages, abilities and interests. The guide is divided into three age levels; ages 2-6, ages 7-12 and ages 13-17. Stuck for something good to read, then check these suggestions out.

Download the PDF guide below.

Common Sense Media essential_books_guide_13-17

Website of the Week: Information Is Beautiful


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This week’s Website of the Week is Information Is Beautiful. This site features a vast range of Infographics on a myriad of subjects. Check out their Most Popular Infographics here!