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research_bailer_willandwendyBailer, Darice  Will and Wendy Build a Website with Digital Tools
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Norwood

Illustrated by Sean O’Neill. Writing Builders series. Wendy and her best friend Will learn how to design a website for their classroom. The solid information and writing tips are mostly suited to middle graders (though the gimmicky framing story and dull illustrations may put off some of those readers). Concise, helpful step-by-step instructions for building a website conclude the volume. Reading list, websites. Glos.
Subjects: General Knowledge; Computers; Writing; Internet; Moving, Household

research_bodden_analyzeBodden, Valerie  Analyze and Define the Assignment
Middle school, high school     40 pp.     Lerner

Bodden, Valerie  Assess and Select Your Sources
Middle school, high school     40 pp.     Lerner

Bodden, Valerie  Research and Synthesize Your Facts
Middle school, high school      40 pp.     Lerner

Bodden, Valerie  Write and Revise Your Project
Middle school, high school     40 pp.     Lerner

Info Wise series. This useful series covers the orderly stages in working through a research project, with many examples to clarify the process for beginners. From narrowing a topic, forming a thesis, and judging relevant and trustworthy sources to avoiding plagiarism in writing the final report, common student concerns are addressed. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: General Knowledge; Writing; Homework; Libraries; Internet; Advertising; Television

research_martin_libraryfieldtripMartin, Isabel  A Library Field Trip
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Capstone

Pebble Plus: Let’s Take a Field Trip series. A simple, easy-to-read text and large close-up photos offer very basic information about libraries. Topics covered include what people use libraries for and how librarians can help. Each spread features two or three large-type sentences and a colorful photo. The book is slight but an adequate first nonfiction reader. Two Common Core–related questions are appended. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: General Knowledge; Libraries; Books and reading

research_mason_understandingcomputerMason, Paul  Understanding Computer Safety
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Heinemann

Mason, Paul  Understanding Computer Search and Research
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Heinemann

Understanding Computing series. These practical volumes help young users get beyond point-and-click to a deeper understanding of personal computing. The basics of accessing and sorting information (Search) and safe internet behavior such as creating secure passwords and avoiding trolls and cyberbullies (Safety) are covered in simple terms. Case studies, diagrams, photos, screenshots, and fact boxes help make the information accessible. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: General Knowledge; Internet; Computers

research_owings_doyourresearchOwings, Lisa  Do Your Research
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Lerner

Owings, Lisa  Stay Safe Online
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Lerner

Piehl, Janet  Explore the Library
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Lerner

Piehl, Janet  Know the Parts of a Book
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Lerner

Library Smarts series. These books provide useful introductory information for lessons in using the library, its resources, and the basics of research. Each spread includes an upbeat photograph or instructional close-up and one or two corresponding paragraphs, aimed at emerging readers, on the facing page. This well-designed series will be helpful with groups but also works for independent exploration. Glos., ind.
Subjects: General Knowledge; Libraries; Books and reading; Internet; Computers

From the October 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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