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Teens Online

The Internet has become an increasingly important feature of the learning environment for teenagers. Research by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that teens use the Internet as an essential study aid outside of the classroom and that the Internet increasingly has a place inside the classroom. Here are some of the study's findings: 94 percent of students ages 12-17 who have Internet access say they use the Internet for school research and 78 percent say they believe the Internet helps them with schoolwork. A total of 71 percent of online teens say that they used the Internet as the dominant source for their most recent major school project or report. Other findings: 41 percent of online teens say they use e-mail and instant messaging to contact teachers or classmates about schoolwork, 34 percent of online teens have downloaded an online study aid, and 18 percent of online teens say they know of someone who has used the Internet to cheat on a paper or test. Pew Internet & American Life Project, 202/296-0019 or http://www.pewinternet.org/.

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New Facts on File Databases

Ancient History: An On-line Encyclopedia provides a complete look at ancient Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Mesoamerica in one database with fully hyperlinked subject and timeline entries, biographies, maps, charts, and more. Based on 10 of Facts On File's most comprehensive print products, the online encyclopedia spans the period from the early Hominids 3-5 million years ago to flourishing cultures in 600 C.E. Literature & Language: An On-line Encyclopedia presents thousands of author biographies, as well as information on literary movements from the Literary A to Z series and reference works such as the Dictionary of British Literary Characters, the Banned Books set, and Bibliography of American Fiction. Information on techniques and terms is included, as is the full-text of reference titles such as The Facts On File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, Shakespeare's Language, and the Medieval Wordbook. Facts On File, 800/322-8755 or http://www.factsonfile.com/.

Literature Resource Center 3.0

The Gale Group has released online a new edition of its Literature Resource Center. The new edition includes a redesigned interface; biographical, bibliographical, and contextual information from the Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases; and full-text criticism from the Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC) Select database. Also included are more than 285,000 full-text journal articles from more than 133 literary journals; 38,000 critical essays; 4,329 work overviews, plot summaries, and explications: more than 5,000 links to authoritative related Web sites; more than 122,000 author biographies; 2,500 author portraits; and Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature with 10,000 definitions of literary terms. The Literature Resource Center is available fully integrated with the MLA Bibliography. The Gale Group, 800/877-GALE or http://www.gale.com/.

Lucas Educational Foundation Teacher Programs

The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) has released a new series documenting the importance of comprehensive teacher preparation programs. …

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