Established in 2006, ReferencePoint Press is an independent educational publishing house focused on high-quality series nonfiction for grades 5-12 learners and researchers. ReferencePoint titles include pedagogical features that support grades 5–12 Common Core State Standards such as source notes, primary sources, multiple points of view, statistical illustrations and maps. Focuses on core curriculum areas essential to classroom success, including current issues, social studies, history and health/science.
Nonfiction titles that are relevant, convenient, and accessible research and learning tools for sixth to twelfth grade students. Focused on careers.
Careers in Sales and Marketing
Marketing and sales encompasses a large career field with diverse job activities. Comments from people in the industry, current statistics and forecasts, and realistic descriptions provide a useful look at marketing and sales jobs ranging from advertising account executives to internet marketing specialists.
Careers in Architecture and Construction
Architecture and construction are among the fastest-growing job sectors in the United States. Comments from people in the industry, current statistics and forecasts, and realistic descriptions provide a useful look at architecture and construction jobs ranging from electricians to landscape architects to surveyors.
Careers in Sports and Fitness
Careers in sports and fitness are among the most exciting and fastest-growing occupations in the United States today. Comments from people in the industry, current statistics and forecasts, and realistic descriptions provide a useful look at sports and fitness jobs ranging from athletic trainers to recreation therapists, to sports medicine physicians.
Careers in the US Coast Guard
The US Coast Guard offers a wide array of career opportunities. Comments from men and women who have served in the military, current statistics and forecasts, and realistic descriptions provide a useful look at Coast Guard jobs ranging from boatswain's mates to health service technicians to operations specialists.
Careers in Biotechnology
The field of biotechnology continues to grow as technology continues to become a large part of the medical and environmental field. Comments from people in the industry, current statistics and forecasts, and realistic descriptions provide a useful look at biotechnology fields including jobs in biochemistry, epidemiology, and microbiology and biofuels.
Nonfiction titles that are relevant, convenient, and accessible research and learning tools for sixth to twelfth grade students. Focused on digital issues.
Is Online Addiction a Serious Problem?
Some experts estimate that 5 to 10 percent of Internet users suffer from some form of online addiction to varying degrees, while others believe that excessive Internet use should not be called an addiction. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full color illustrations this title examines what are the origins of online addiction concerns? Are online addictions real addictions? Are addictions to online shopping and social networking serious problems? Are addictions to gaming and gambling serious problems? How can people recover from online addictions?
Cell Phones and Distracted Driving
Cell phones, while providing an easy means to communication, have been cited as the cause of thousands of deadly driving accidents throughout the United States. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full color illustrations, this title examines The Distractions of Driving, The Science of Distraction, Cell Phones and the Law, Have Laws Reduced Cell Phone Distraction? Other Efforts to Reduce Cell Phone Use by Drivers.
Online Social Networking
Because of sites such as Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Linkedin, and others, the popularity of online social networking has literally exploded in recent years. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full color illustrations, this title examines What Is Online Social Networking? What Are the Dangers Associated with Online Social Networking? Is Online Social Networking Addictive? and Should Online Social Networks Be More Tightly Regulated?
Identity theft is one of the most common crimes in the world today, in large part because it's so easy to do. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes and full color illustrations, this title examines What are the roots of the identity theft problem? How serious a problem is identity theft? Are businesses and current laws adequately protecting against identity theft? Can identity theft be prevented? How can people reclaim their identities if they become victims?
How Do Video Games Affect Society?
Video games can provide entertainment, mental stimulation, education, and social networks. But for some people they can also encourage addictive and/or aggressive behaviors that hurt both individuals and society. This book examines topics related to the physical and social costs and benefits of video gaming, quoting numerous experts on these issues.
Nonfiction titles that are relevant, convenient, and accessible research and learning tools for sixth to twelfth grade students. Focused on history.
The Black Death
During the fourteenth century, Europe was attacked by a pestilence known as the Black Death. Highly contagious and usually fatal, the Black Death swept through much of the continent in waves, killing up to a third of the population and dramatically changing the way the survivors lived their lives and thought about the world. The Black Death had an impact on European culture, politics, and society that lasted well beyond the years of the pestilence itself.
The Renaissance produced a remarkable transformation of European society and culture. In education and in government, in wealth and in the visual arts, the Renaissance produced major changes in almost every area of European life - changes which even today continue to affect the way people live, work, and think.
The Civil Rights Movement
The Civil Rights Movement produced a revolutionary change in the U. S. legal and cultural system. Through the perseverance of civil rights leaders and sacrifices of the African-American community, for the first time blacks were able to attend the same schools, use the same public facilities, and enjoy the same freedoms as whites. The Civil Rights Movement set the stage for economic and political equality of all Americans, regardless of their race.
Mummification and Death Rituals of Ancient Egypt
The ancient Egyptians believed in life after death, but only if the physical body could be preserved. This led to the practice of mummification, enabling the deceased to journey through the underworld until they reached the place of judgment.
Early Middle Ages
The ancient Greeks introduced democracy, the theater, science and philosophy to the civilized world but life on the Mediterranean peninsula could also be cruel and violent. Many of the country's estimated 2,000 city-states were constantly at war, particularly the two largest: Athens and Sparta. These longtime enemies eventually fought a conflict that would last 27 years, weakening the entire country and making Greece ripe for conquest by invaders.
Nonfiction titles that are relevant, convenient, and accessible research and learning tools for sixth to twelfth grade students. Focused on science (including controversial research topics).
Is Stem Cell Research Necessary?
The Obama administration has repealed restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research, which has been characterized as both a miraculous development that could cure cancer and other diseases and as an immoral technology that threatens the very essence of what it means to be human. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full-color illustrations this title examines What Are the Origins of the Stem Cell Controversy? What Benefits Could Stem Cell Research Offer? Is Stem Cell Research Moral? Are There Effective Alternatives to Embryonic Stem Cell Research? Should the Government Support Stem Cell Research?
Disease prevention is the prime motivation behind the development of vaccines, and as one disease is conquered, researchers strive to add to their knowledge and utilize new technologies to control and eradicate diseases for which, heretofore, vaccines have been elusive. This effort drives the research toward a fuller understanding of the human immune system and the nature of pathogenic microorganisms, as well as the development of new vaccines. This title examines the science behind vaccine research in the following chapters: What Are Vaccines? Vaccines and Viruses; Vaccines and Bacteria; Safe, Effective, and Approved; Innovative Vaccines for the Future.
How Serious a Threat Is Climate Change?
Experts predict global warming could cause devastating storms and floods, reduce production of food, wipe out forests and species of animals and force millions of people to flee their homelands. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full-color illustrations this title examines What Are the Origins of the Climate Change Controversy? How Reliable Is the Science of Climate Change? What Are the Potential Economic Impacts of Climate Change? What Are the Potential Environmental Impacts of Climate Change? How Has the World Responded to Climate Change?
Is the World Prepared for a Deadly Influenza Pandemic?
In response to the recent pandemic of the H1N1 influenza virus, public health experts around the world are assessing national and global readiness for a truly deadly influenza pandemic outbreak. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full-color illustrations this title examines What Is the History of Influenza Pandemics? Can Predictions of Future Pandemics Help the World Prepare? Is the Global Pandemic Response System Adequate? Can Vaccines Prevent a Pandemic? How Effective Are Social Containment Measures?
The Obama administration has given high priority to development of alternative energy sources. People have relied on the power of the wind for thousands of years, and today wind power is becoming an important source of energy for generating electricity. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full-color illustrations, this title examines, Can Wind Power Supply the World's Energy Needs? Can Wind Power Reduce Dependence on Fossil Fuels? How Does Wind Power Affect the Environment? What is the Future of Wind Power?
Nonfiction titles that are relevant, convenient, and accessible research and learning tools for sixth to twelfth grade students. Focused on urban legends, myths, and unsolved mysteries.
Aliens in Pop Culture
For centuries, people have wondered about life on other planets but most aliens did not start showing up in literature and other forms of pop culture until the late 19th century. Since then, aliens have become familiar characters in books, films and video games. Given their overwhelming popularity, visitors from other worlds are sure to be featured in pop culture for many years to come.
The Bermuda Triangle
Numerous ships and aircraft have disappeared in the area known as the Bermuda Triangle and no one knows exactly why. This book examines the details of the many disappearances as well as some of the theories -- both otherworldly and down-to-earth -- for the strange events that have taken place in the Bermuda Triangle.
Vampires in Literature
Vampires have haunted humankind's nightmares for thousands of years but it was only about 200 years ago that they first appeared in works of literature. The undead have been a staple of fiction ever since and are likely to continue their hold on the reading public's imagination for years to come.
Mindless, relentless, half alive and half dead, ravenous for human flesh - zombies have terrified and fascinated people (or at least their imaginations) for centuries. Vicious and often fatal attacks on humans by these "walking dead" have been reported since ancient times. Today, reports of zombie attacks - not all of them entirely serious - suggest that zombies are still among us, rising from near death and stalking the earth.
From Halloween to the silver screen, vampires have become a prominent feature of modern culture. However, legends of scary bloodsuckers date back thousands of years. Vampires explores the spooky world of vampire myths, Transylvanian tales, and real vampire people who would send a shiver down the spine of Count Dracula himself.