[library-media] SIRS E-mail Bulletin #13: Spotlights of the Month for SIRS Databases

Paula Zsiray paula.zsiray@cache.k12.ut.us
Mon, 31 Mar 2003 10:57:33 -0700


SIRS E-MAIL BULLETIN #13
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SIRS SPOTLIGHTS OF THE MONTH
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-- Researcher & SKS WebSelect: World Habitat Awareness
-- Renaissance: Blues Music & America
-- Government Reporter: School Violence=20
-- Discoverer & Discoverer WebFind: The American Civil War
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SIRS RESEARCHER SPOTLIGHT
WORLD HABITAT AWARENESS MONTH
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World Habitat Awareness Month attempts to focus the world's attention on =
the

numerous threats against the many delicate ecosystems around the globe.
Global=20
warming, extinction of animal and plant species, urban sprawl, rising =
ocean=20
temperatures, population growth and pollution are some of the critical
problems which=20
concern environmentalists. SIRS Researcher provides articles covering =
these
critical=20
subjects. Articles include "After 13 Years, Valdez's Oil Damage =
Lingers,"
"Population- Is There a Rational Solution?" "World Losing 1,000 Species =
a
Year," "Dying Seas"=20
and "America's Endangered Wetlands."=20

SIRS RENAISSANCE SPOTLIGHT
BLUES MUSIC & AMERICA
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In the 19th-century South, a distinctly American musical genre was =
born-the
blues. An=20
outgrowth of African spirituals and work songs recited by slaves while =
they
toiled on=20
the plantations, the blues contained poignant and melancholic lyrics. =
For
more than a=20
century, the genre has been kept alive by such gifted musicians as =
Robert
Johnson,=20
Muddy Waters, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, =
Bonnie=20
Raitt, Koko Taylor and Keb Mo. The SIRS RENAISSANCE APRIL SPOTLIGHT=20
OF THE MONTH, BLUES MUSIC & AMERICA, celebrates blues artists and their=20
invaluable contributions to American culture and music in such articles =
as
"Buddy=20
Guy," "Traveling the Blues Highway," "Hoochie Coochie Men," "Eric =
Clapton:
21st=20
Century Blues Man," "Robert Johnson, Magnet for Myths," "Happier Blues,"
"Blues=20
History at a Glance" and "Bonnie Raitt: Devoted to the Blues."=20

SIRS GOVERNMENT REPORTER SPOTLIGHT
SCHOOL VIOLENCE
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SIRS Government Reporter spotlights school violence in the United =
States.
The=20
comprehensive articles selected provide statistical indicators, as well =
as
laws and=20
prevention efforts for addressing this issue. Read about how law =
enforcement

agencies, school educators, parents and others are working together to =
make
our=20
country's learning institutions safer for our youth. Featured articles
include: "Attorney=20
General Directs Closing of NICS Loophole to Keep Guns Out of the Hands =
of=20
Prohibited Aliens and Announces New Prosecutors to Promote School =
Safety,"=20
"Education Department and Secret Service Release Threat Assessment Guide =
for

Schools," "Addressing School-Related Crime and Disorder" and "Addressing
School=20
Violence."=20

SIRS DISCOVERER SPOTLIGHT
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
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The American Civil War is the subject of the SIRS DISCOVERER SPOTLIGHT =
OF=20
THE MONTH. While there were many crises that contributed to the conflict
between=20
the commercial-based northern states and the agriculture-based southern
states, today=20
we remember the American Civil War (1861-1865) as a war fought over one =
key=20
issue: slavery. The deadliest war in American history, 620,000 people =
lost
their lives,=20
countless more were wounded, and the overall cost of property damages =
ran
into=20
billions of dollars. However, the war earned the freedom of over three
million slaves.=20
Learn more about the history of the American Civil War in such SIRS
Discoverer=20
articles as "The Underground Railroad," "A Nation Divided: 1861-1865,"
"Women in=20
the Civil War," "Appomattox: The Rebels Surrender" and "Juneteenth."=20

SKS WEBSELECT SPOTLIGHT
WORLD HABITAT AWARENESS MONTH
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Since 1970, the United States has celebrated Earth Day on April 22. SKS=20
WebSelect's Spotlight on World Habitat Awareness Month recognizes the
importance=20
of protecting and conserving the earth's resources, including rain =
forests,
oceans and=20
other natural habitats. Learn more about ecology and environmentalism, =
read
about=20
conservationists and sample some of the best world habitat awareness =
sites
on the=20
Web at:

Ecosystems: Earth on Edge at http://www.pbs.org/earthonedge/index.html,
Ecology Hall of Fame Home Page at =
http://www.ecotopia.org/ehof/index.html,
World Resources Institute Home Page at http://www.wri.org/index.html,
WWF: The Conservation Organization Home Page at http://www.panda.org/ =
and
Sierra Club Home Page at http://www.sierraclub.org/.

DISCOVERER WEBFIND SPOTLIGHT=20
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
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The American Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars of the nineteenth
century and=20
the worst conflict to occur on American soil. Americans fought to decide =
the
fate of=20
the nation, as well as that of several million captive Africans. The =
war's
preceding=20
events, its horrific violence, and its difficult aftermath changed the
United States=20
forever. This month, Discoverer WebFind features the best Web sites
available for=20
students who wish to explore the people, places and events that define =
the
Civil War=20
era. Learn more at:

African-American Soldiers During the Civil War at=20
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/timeline/civilwar/aasoldrs/s=
old
iers.html=20
The Civil War at
http://www.pbs.org/civilwar/,
The Emancipation Proclamation at=20
http://www.archives.gov/exhibit_hall/featured_documents/emancipation_proc=
lam
ation/i
ndex.html
and Ulysses S. Grant at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/grant/index.html.

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SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH topics are selected mainly from CHASE'S=20
CALENDAR OF EVENTS. Articles are also accessible within the main =
database
and=20
remain in the SIRS SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH ARCHIVE for one year. For=20
more information about SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH on SIRS RESEARCHER,=20
SIRS GOVERNMENT REPORTER, SIRS RENAISSANCE, SKS WEBSELECT,=20
SIRS DISCOVERER or DISCOVERER WEBFIND, contact SIRS Customer=20
Service at 1-800-232-7477 (press "1"), via e-mail at custserve@sirs.com =
or
visit=20
www.sirs.com.