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SIRS Discoverer

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SIRS Discoverer

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This information last checked: 09/06/2019



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SIRS® Discoverer® is a multidisciplinary database specifically designed for upper elementary and middle school learners, researchers, and educators covering curriculum areas such as, history, health, language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology. All newspaper, magazine, and reference book content is 100% full text, editorially-selected and indexed from over 2,200 reliable, high-quality global sources.  

Target Audience: Grades 4-8  Content Connections:  All


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Content & Features

Collection includes age-appropriate newspaper and magazine articles, vetted educational Websites, and reference materials such as the Compton’s by Britannica encyclopedia and DK Eyewitness books. Trusted periodical titles include Ranger RickHighlights for ChildrenMonkeyshinesNew MoonPopSci for Kids and many others. 

  • Title List
  • Documents are full-text, standards-aligned, and Lexile measured.  
  • Subject browse including Famous People, Countries/States/Provinces, Controversial Issues, Animals
  • Trending Topics and Editor's Picks

SIRS Discoverer features easy access to the most-used content and features, logical subject tree hierarchy, age-appropriate search and filter capabilities, as well as streamlined results and article pages to help young learners connect with and comprehend content. User-friendly advanced search features enable young learners, and the educators who support them, to find exactly what they need by limiting any search by source type and offering the ability to filter by Lexile range. 


Learning Supports & Tools

  • Advanced Search available.
  • Filter/Sort search results. 
  • Article Text to Speech, including MP3 downloading.
  • Citations - Select "Cite" from the sidebar to copy a pre-formatted MLA or APA style citation.  
  • Integration with Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and Google Classroom.
  • Language Translation.
  • Lexile Scores appear beside titles in search results as well as at the top of the article.


Tutorials & Guides


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Select image above for Overview Module. See also accompanying handout.


Educator Resources

  • Inside SIRS Discoverer, select the Educators Resources link on tip toolbar on the right for Blog, Newsletters, training Webinars, LibGuide, Standards Correlations, etc.
  • Direct Linking: To obtain a direct link to a specific article or resource, o  copy the URL from the browser bar. Users may need to authenticate by going to BCPS One > Digital Content and clicking on the SIRS Discoverer icon before opening the direct link. 


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