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Gale Group is now offering a variety of free promotional and
educational resources available through
Website includes student activities, biographies, helpful links,
and related literature to compliment your Black History Month
Most of the resources provided by Gale are derived from their extensive Biography Resource Center: African Americans database. This resource includes more than 30,000 biographies on over 24,000 notable African Americans who have had an impact on society and are frequently researched. Drawn from the Biography Resource Center, the database includes 60 volumes of six respected Gale reference sources such as Contemporary Black Biography, Notable Black American Women, Who's Who Among African Americans, and other titles. Biography Resource Center: African Americans also includes more than 42,000 full-text articles from nearly 300 magazines, as well as nearly 2,000 images.
Designed to provide easy access to biographies on prominent African Americans associated with the arts, business, current events, entertainment, government, history, literature, multicultural studies, politics, science, and sports, Biography Resource Center: African Americans gives researchers a comprehensive set of in-depth narrative biographies providing overviews of the subjects' lives and accomplishments and thousands of thumbnail biographies. Covered are contemporary and historic figures such as Harriet Tubman, Tiger Woods, Rosa Parks, Usher, and Condoleezza Rice. Magazine articles bring coverage of the African Americans up-to-date, and "Recent Update" windows display summaries of recent news events associated with particularly active individuals. Approximately 250 vetted Web links point to additional information.A widget has been placed on INSPIRE for instant access to the Biography Resource Center: African Americans database. Instructions for individual libraries to install this widget on their homepage are available at http://access.gale.com/widgets/.
his Gale resource is among several academic
databases available for free to all Indiana residents through
INSPIRE. INSPIRE is a service of the Indiana State Library and
is supported by the Indiana General Assembly through Build
Indiana Funds, The Institute of Museum and Library Services
under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act,
and in partnership with the Academic Libraries of Indiana.
The mini grants range from $100 to $500. The Celebrate Urban Birds program encourages groups that work with traditionally underserved communities to apply. The deadline to apply for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's mini grants is Feb. 15, 2009.The Celebrate Urban Birds website includes great urban bird resources, public programming ideas, and an online application.
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