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Volume 17, Issue 7 • July/August 2000
New, Updated Topics Added to SIRS CD-ROM and Online Databases

SIRS Mandarin, Inc. has announced that a wide variety of new and updated topics have recently been added to SIRS Mandarin CD-ROM/online reference databases SIRS Researcher, SIRS Government Reporter, SIRS Renaissance, and SIRS Discoverer. Selected for their relevancy and quality, topic articles include news of interest as well as the most recent developments in social issues, government, science, culture, and the arts and humanities.

SIRS Researcher, a general-reference database for students and adults, has added a large selection of current and updated topics such as the 2000 Presidential Campaign, Microsoft Antitrust Case, Asia’s Nuclear Safety, Kennewick Man, Urban Sprawl, World Population: 6 Billion, and Cyber Squatting. According to the company, the topics provide a wealth of full-text articles and graphics exploring social, scientific, health, historic, economic, business, political, and global issues. Spanning a 10-year period, articles are selected from more than 1,500 domestic and international sources.

Census 2000, Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Bald Eagle Recovery, Chandra X-Ray Observatory, Welfare Reform, and the Mars Polar Lander Mission are a few of the many new and updated topics included in SIRS Government Reporter. Users can explore the SIRS Government Reporter main database for full-text articles and graphics or search the additional content databases: U.S. Supreme Court Decisions, Historic Documents, National Archives Documents, and Federal Directories.

SIRS Renaissance, a reference database with current perspectives on the arts and humanities, offers thousands of articles and colorful graphics reflecting a wide range of topics such as Art Forgeries and Scandals, Ernest Hemingway at 100, Harry Potter: A New Look at Children’s Literature, Women Playwrights, Visual Culture: Emerging Technologies, and Korean Cinema. More than 700 domestic and international newspapers and magazines provide SIRS Renaissance users with interesting insights on culture, art, music, and more.

Elian Gonzalez: Boy Without a Country, Antarctica’s Icebergs, the Confederate Flag Controversy in South Carolina, 20th Century in Review, and Prayer in Schools are some of the topics included in the SIRS Discoverer general-reference database for kids in grades 1–9. SIRS Discoverer articles are classified as easy, moderate, or challenging according to their educational content, interest, and level of readability. With SIRS Discoverer, children can quickly and intuitively locate articles that are suitable for their age group.

SIRS Mandarin, Inc. is a provider of CD-ROM and online reference databases, PC-based client/server library automation systems, and network hardware systems to more than 40,000 libraries worldwide.

Source: SIRS Mandarin, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 800/232-7477;

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