SIRS, acquired by ProQuest in 2003, continues as a major product brand for
SIRS Issues Researcher is a general reference database
containing thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific,
health, historic, economic, political and global issues. Articles and graphics
are carefully selected from 1,500 domestic and international publications
according to strict criteria with regard to content and age appropriateness.
Articles are indexed according to Library of Congress subject headings.
Database features include World Almanac excerpts, Maps of the World and a
Directory of Publications. Special online features include Today's News,
Spotlight of the Month and more. Researcher is updated daily online, and is
available on CD-ROM, which is updated three times a year.
SIRS Decades delivers thousands of relevant primary and
secondary source documents organized around the decades of the 20th century. It
gives students a direct glimpse into the past, while providing the context
needed to understand the modern implications of historical events. The
collections feature more than 5,000 hand-selected primary and secondary source
documents highlighting key events, movements, people, and places in 20th century
America. Coverage includes original documents, letters, editorial cartoons,
websites, photographs, maps, ads, speeches, and published articles-some
available for the first time in digital format. Every topic within SIRS Decades
includes key elements that help students better understand the topic and the
sources selected to illustrate it.
SIRS Government Reporter delivers thousands of
full-text documents and graphics concerning a wide variety of topics: health,
science, economics, environment, politics, foreign affairs, business and
industry. Articles and graphics are carefully selected according to strict
criteria with regard to content and age appropriateness. Additional content
provides current and historic government documents; landmark and recent U.S.
Supreme Court decisions; information about U.S. Justices, U.S. Presidents,
elected leaders, federal departments and agencies. National Archives Documents
and Country Profiles are also included. Government Reporter is available
online, which is updated daily, and on CD-ROM, which is updated twice a year.
SIRS Renaissance provides dynamic information on Architecture & Design,
Culture, Literature, Multimedia, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy & Religion
and Visual Arts. Full-text articles are selected from more than 1,000 domestic
and international publications. Many articles are accompanied by full-color
images, including art reproductions, photographs and illustrations. Additional
database features include Award Recipients, Biographies, Glossary of the Arts,
Literary Corner, Recommended References and Spotlight of the Month. Editor's
Top Pick highlights a weekly graphic and article. Renaissance is available
online and on CD-ROM.
SIRS WebSelect is an online
database of carefully selected, reliable and credible Internet resources on
vital issues and topics. SIRS continuously updates WebSelect to include new
sites originating from around the globe and continuously monitors each site to
ensure quality and accessibility. Topics are derived from SIRS' award-winning
reference databases and assigned based on site content and mission. SIRS'
sophisticated software notes changes to Web sites throughout the day. Editors
then immediately re-evaluate the sites and remove those sites that no longer
meet SIRS' established standards.
SIRS Discoverer with WebFind is an award-winning, general reference
database for children in grades 1-9 which promotes research, reading, writing
and computer skills. Full-text articles and images are carefully selected from
1,600 domestic and international publications. Articles are assigned reading
levels based on age-appropriateness, educational content, interest and
readability. Additional content includes an Encyclopedia, The World Almanac®
for Kids, Biographies of U.S. Presidents and Country Facts. Updated daily, the
online version includes Current Events, Maps of the World, Spotlight of the
Month and more. Elementary and Middle School Edition Student Workbooks and
Educator's Guide. Available in CD-ROM and online versions.
SIRS Knowledge Source Complete (SKS)
includes the following SIRS databases that can be searched individually or in
combination: SIRS Issues Researcher, SIRS Government Reporter, SIRS
Renaissance, SIRS Decades, SIRS Discoverer with WebFind, and SIRS WebSelect.