Thomson Gale, part of The Thomson Corporation, has announced new enhancements and additional entries to several of the company's online databases. Thomson Gale has also announced a free Web site designed to help families and students explore Black History Month.
Contemporary Authors online offers students and library patrons access to biographical and bibliographical data on modern authors. In 2004, more than 3,000 new entries and more than 1,100 full-entry updates were added to Contemporary Authors online. In addition, more than 5,000 updates on the most active authors were added to the database, including author-provided updates, expanded entries, bibliographies, awards, and recent update information. Authors whose new or updated entries are now available in Contemporary Authors online include: Isaac Asimov - science fiction writer; Rudolph W. Giuliani - Former New York City mayor and author of Leadership; Toni Morrison - Nobel Prize-winning author of Beloved; Chris Rock - Comedian and screenwriter; and Stephen Sondheim - Composer and lyricist for Broadway hits, including West Side Story and Gypsy.
"Tsunamis" has been added to the Science Resource Center homepage topic list. Customers who click on the "Tsunamis" link will find: Seven reference articles with information on the science behind tsunamis, to help students understand the causes of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster. Fifty-five magazine articles with information and analysis of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster, from Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report. Academic journal articles with tsunami-related research and analysis (note that due to the nature of academic journals, articles on the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami haven't been published yet). Images from past tsunami disasters and two Web site links so students can conduct additional research using authoritative Web sites. A new spotlight article highlighting tsunamis is also featured on the Science Resource Center home page. Plate Tectonics and Cholera articles are being prepared for upcoming spotlight features on this page.
Kids InfoBits now includes PDF images of magazine articles when they are available. More than 75 full-text, age-appropriate magazines are included to help meet the research needs of K-5 students.
February is Black History Month and Thomson Gale has also announced a free Web site with history, biographies, literature, and activities that are designed to help families and students celebrate the month. Created from the multicultural reference works of Thomson, the Black History Month Resource Center is intended for pleasure reading as well as for classroom assignments and other research. A day-by-day downloadable calendar also highlights important events in African American history. In addition, each week throughout February, one entrant who has taken the site's weekly quiz will win Thomson Gale references for their library. The quiz tests knowledge of significant people and events in history.