Magazine article American Libraries

Sources and Searches: Resources for Media Literacy and Research

Magazine article American Libraries

Sources and Searches: Resources for Media Literacy and Research

Article excerpt

Concern about "fake news" is currently inescapable, but libraries hold the key to providing reliable sources, context, and multiple perspectives. The following new resources offer support to those who are navigating the world of information, providing researchers with primary source documents with a global scope, students with news and news analysis, and academics with a recently developed contextual search engine.

The Day USA

In 2011, British journalist Richard Addis founded a daily online newspaper called The Day to provide news to classrooms across the UK. The objective was to focus on unbiased reporting and curriculum integration. A parallel North American service, called The Day USA, was launched this past February. It is available to US, US international, and Canadian schools. The Day USA is geared to middle and high school students, and a second version of the site, The Day USA Explorer, includes content curated for elementary school students.

The Day USA employs full-time journalists in newsrooms in both London and New York, publishing up to six articles and features per day, along with weekly and special features. Articles focus on high-interest news stories and are independently written and researched-not recycled from other news outlets. Students can vote to "choose the news," determining one story that will be reported on each week. Articles also include discussion points, follow-up activities, and further reading links. Supplemental materials, such as questions, homework, and research activities, can be printed, saved as PDFs, and made accessible via a learning management system.

Additional archived articles that were originally written for the UK version are also available through The Day USA, giving this resource a wide range of material at launch. All articles are searchable by content area, keyword, curriculum concepts, and themes. A "connections" section focuses on links between literature used in the classroom and topics currently in the news, encouraging students to find parallels and apply critical thinking to both forms of media.

The Day USA is available as an educational database through Follett. For Follett customers, The Day USA can be integrated with Destiny and is searchable by Destiny's One Search option. Annual subscriptions are $500 for individual middle and high schools, and $300 for individual elementary schools. …

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