July 2017 Newsletter for Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Colleges

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Welcome to our July 2017 Newsletter for Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Colleges

Why our customers love JCS...

Following our 2017 customer survey we have put together a new page to share some of the feedback we received about the JCS service.

"I am very happy with the services you provide. Have always found you efficient and helpful. Funding is an issue in our sector so knowing services provide value for money, have relevant content and save teaching staff time are key factors in initial purchase and continuing to subscribe." Librarian, Sixth Form College.

"Your team never fail to provide timely assistance and useful information. Thank you for your good work!" School Librarian, Academy.

See more testimonials on our new feedback page.

We are always delighted to hear what you think to help us maintain the high standard expected of the JCS service so please do get in contact if you would like to share your thoughts.

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New products

Questia School

Top independent research resource – QUESTIA SCHOOL – now available via JCS!

Perfect for supporting students with essential research skills and essay writing, Questia School takes students step by step from the beginning to the end of their project or essay.

These innovative tools guide students through the whole research process:

  • Research tutorials for writing a research paper: allow teachers and librarians to gauge what level their students' research skills are at before they begin a project.
  • Topic idea generator: helps students to choose and refine essay topics.
  • Outline writer: supports students writing the outline of their essay from scratch, they can use a template or the interactive guide to walk them through the process.
  • Librarian selected topic pages: break down the over 9 million articles available into manageable subject related resource lists for students to explore.
  • Citation tool: students can cite an entire article or page of a book, or a specific passage for both sources in Questia and externally.
  • Bibliography generator: automatically creates a bibliography from Questia and other external sources that can then be exported into an editable Microsoft Word document.

And with over 91,000 books, 10 million articles, 744 academic journals, 268 magazines and 46 newspapers, all hand-selected by experienced librarians – students develop their digital literacy and research skills in a safe and trusted environment.

To see for yourself how Questia School can support your students, request a free trial through your My JCS or here.

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Help us spread the news!

Q-files is a specially designed digital encyclopedia for children aged 8 to 13, ideal for supporting classwork, homework and developing essential research skills.

Emily Funnell of Gallions Primary School, Newham says: "Just wanted to say this is such a fantastic website! I am a teacher and I trust your site with my class and they thoroughly enjoy using your site for their research."

Directly aligned with Key Stages 2 and 3, Q-files is ideal for supporting classwork, homework and developing essential research skills. It contains more than 1,400 pages of in depth and authoritative content and over 10,000 images arranged into nine major subject headings: Science, Technology, Life, Earth, Prehistory, Space, History, Geography, and Culture.

Each page in Q-files has been written by specialist children's writers and has been submitted to the detailed scrutiny of the Q-files team of consultants to ensure the highest standards of accuracy and reliability. With access to this trusted content, students will start to develop good research habits and skills in a safe learning environment.

Please do help us spread the message about this excellent resource - let your local primary schools know and your prep department, if you have one! Request a free trial here.

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Product updates

Artstor Digital Archive

New images added to Artstor!

10,000 additional photographs and cartoons from Condé Nast. Condé Nast is an industry-leading print, digital, and video media company whose assets include some of the most iconic titles in publishing. The collection provides an exceptional resource for Photography, supporting research in Fashion and Design, History, Social History, and Literature. Highlights include:

  • Images from the Condé Nast Archive of Photography.
  • Selections from the Fairchild Photo Service.
  • Signature cartoons from The New Yorker.
  • Striking and innovative images from Vogue photographers Clifford Coffin and Louise Dahl-Wolfe.
  • Food stills by Romulo Yanes.

More than 35,000 additional images in photojournalism from Magnum Photos. The new release spans the globe from Alaska to the Amazon and Oman to the Arctic Circle supporting research in History, Literature, the Environment and Sustainability, Human Geography, and Identity Studies. Highlights include:

  • Black and white shots of daily life in Europe.
  • Middle Eastern tensions and traditions observed by Abbas.
  • Elegant stages portraits from Marilyn to Einstein.
  • Images of both ordinary people and luminaries.
  • A vibrant sequence in India.
  • Photographs from geopolitical hotspots like Fukushima, Donetsk, and Aleppo.

1,500+ additional photographs from Panos Pictures. The Panos archive is one of the most comprehensive and compelling chronicles of our developing planet. The photographs are of contemporary global issues documenting some of the most significant events and forces of the last decade:

  • The refugee crisis as it plays out in camps in Greece, Kurdistan, and Myanmar.
  • The effects of Ebola.
  • The worldwide implications of climate change and drought.

Ideal for Photography as well as research in History, Politics, International Affairs, World Heath, the Environment and Sustainability, and Human Geography.

See the full list of the 280 collections available in Artstor here. Learn more about Artstor on our catalogue page and request a free trial here.

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JSTOR Secondary Schools Collection

Free tools to support students and teachers!

JSTOR, a 'must-have' for schools, also includes many free tools to help students and staff get the most out of the Archive.

Here are some tools that will be really useful for librarians, teachers, and students:

  • Research Basics: Help students develop essential research skills with three, standalone modules with video lessons, interactive activities and quizzes.
  • Exploring Rembrandt: Pick a painting, examine the detail of the high-resolution image from Artstor and see articles about that painting on JSTOR.
  • Understanding Shakespeare: Pick a line in any Shakespeare play and immediately see a list of the articles on JSTOR that quote that line.
  • Lesson Plans: Lesson plans incorporating content from JSTOR into teaching at secondary school level. All of the plans are freely available in PDF format.

If you are yet to trial JSTOR then you can request a trial through My JCS or by completing this short form.

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Literature Resource Center

Top tools for your literature needs!

With over 850,000 articles, critical essays and reviews, more than 135,000 author biographies, 11,000 plus overviews of frequently studied works, 30,000 poems, short stories and plays, and 8,500 interviews, Gale's Literature Resource Center is a one-stop-online-shop for all your literature needs.

Top tools include:

  • Topic Finder: allows students to visually discover the context of their search term and uncover hidden connections.
  • Term Frequency: graphs search results to see trends over time for one or more terms.
  • Citation Tools: easily download and export citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago.
  • Bookmark: teachers can bookmark articles and share the URL with their students and colleagues.

Request a free trial to Literature Resource Center here, and get a price quote using My JCS or by contacting us, we believe you will find it very affordable!

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Churchill Archive/ Churchill Archive for Schools 

Churchill Archive – top secret documents on D-Day and more

Churchill is in the spotlight once again! The recently released film “Churchill” highlights the 96 hours leading up to D-Day - but did you know that fascinating primary source documents from the period are available free to secondary schools worldwide as part of the Churchill Archive?

In addition to over 800K primary source documents, the Churchill Archive offers an expanding range of specially-commissioned educational resources, including a new article entitled “The Century of the 'Special Relationship': Britain and America in the Age of Churchill”.

If your school isn’t one of the 1,900+ that have already registered for access to the Churchill Archive, it only takes a couple of minutes to do so here.

Churchill Archive for Schools – most popular investigations in 2017

Specially designed to support history teaching at secondary level, and to provide an accessible gateway into the complete Churchill Archive, the Churchill Archive for Schools is available free to all without registration.

A wide range of investigations is now available, each of which includes background information, primary sources and downloadable activities.

Why not browse the five most popular investigations in 2017?

  1. What went wrong at Gallipoli in 1915?
  2. Did the Suffragettes help or harm the cause of women’s suffrage?
  3. What was the significance of Pearl Harbor?
  4. Was Britain divided about Indian independence, 1930-47?
  5. Did people agree with Churchill’s stand on appeasement?

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JCS blog 

Reading School eResources Festival

To raise awareness of the range of e-resources available and how students can access them, Reading School’s Learning Resource Centre (LRC) ran an e-resources Festival on 21 June.

10 stallholders (pupil librarians), in charge of promoting their resource, wowed passing students with information about the amazing e-resources the LRC has to offer.

The Festival was just phase one of a larger plan to get everyone in the school to make more use of the e-resources available to them. Find out more about the Festival and how successful it was in promoting Reading School's e-resources here.

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Managing Change...

How does the school librarian respond and adapt to the needs of students in a world dominated and driven by technology and the Internet?

Report of the workshop run at the SLA/YLG Weekend Course – Lightbulb Moments: Powered by Librarians on 23 – 25 June at The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate.

JCS was delighted to be invited by SLA to run two workshops at the joint SLA/YLG Weekend Course one of which was on Managing Change.

For this workshop, we brought together Terri McCargar (Librarian, Latymer Upper School) and Elizabeth Hutchinson (Head of Service, Guernsey School Library Service) who we knew had considerable first-hand experience of managing change amidst the growing use of technology and digital resources.

Find out more about the event and read a summary of Terri and Elizabeth's presentations here.

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Any Questions?

If you have any questions, comments or queries please do get in touch. We love to hear feedback about our newsletter and if you would also like to contribute, please email or tweet us @JCSResources.