NECC 2008: Research Tools

Follett Software unveiled a brand-new online searching interface, called Destiny Quest, at the conference. This highly graphic, engaging search interface gives students an easier way to research, manage, organize, and interpret the immense amount of information available in a school district’s library collection or the internet. The new interface includes listings for the 10 most frequently checked out items on the topic in question, the latest arrivals on the topic, and more. Students can scroll over a title for more information, and they can drag and drop titles into a "My List" area to save or request them. Designed for the digital native, Destiny Quest is available with Follett’s Destiny Library Manager 8.5 software, which also includes 65 free eBooks and tools to help districts turn surplus textbooks into cash, Follett said.
ProQuest demonstrated a number of online reference solutions for schools, including eLibrary Science, a comprehensive reference and multimedia science resource for high school students. eBooks and videos keep students informed and interested, helping them understand classroom lessons. ProQuest’s eLibrary Curriculum Edition gives students access to millions of academic articles, videos, pictures, and web sites, ensuring consistent differentiated learning, the company said.

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