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 the US Air Force
The US Air Force 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 Air Force jobs ranging from Pilot, to Psychologist to Pararescue.
Careers in Health Care
Careers in health care are among the hottest, most in-demand occupations in the United States today. Comments from people in the industry, current statistics and forecasts, and realistic descriptions provide a useful look at health care jobs ranging from home health aides to registered nurses to physical therapists.
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 the US Marine Corps
The US Marine Corps 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 Marine Corps jobs ranging from combat engineers to avionics technicians to military police.
Careers in Education
The American education system is one of our nation’s top employers. Comments from people in the industry, current statistics and forecasts, and realistic descriptions provide a useful look at education jobs ranging from special education teachers to library media specialists.
Nonfiction titles that are relevant, convenient, and accessible research and learning tools for sixth to twelfth grade students. Focused on digital issues.
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?
Cell Phones and Teens
Cell phones provide today's teens with indispensable links to the world around them. Cell phones have also become an obsession for some and a danger for others. This book examines topics ranging from healthy social development to sexting.
How Robotics Is Changing Society
Virtual assistants such as Siri can keep us informed and help us manage our daily life. Robots work in factories, deliver packages, and clean our floors. Someday "sociable robots" may care for the elderly or disabled and even provide companionship to lonely people. However even as this technology offers new capabilities and greater convenience, it threatens our jobs and perhaps even our identity as human beings.
Online Privacy and Hacking
Governments, businesses, and individuals all rely on secure online communication and information but increasing news reports about online breaches due to hackers can shake users' confidence in the online world. How hackers operate, what kinds of sites and information are most vulnerable to hacking, and the tools being developed to prevent hacking are all discussed in this book.
Thinking Critically: Social Networking
Research shows that social networking is the most popular online activity worldwide. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full color illustrations this title examines Does Social Networking Benefit Society? Does Social Networking Have a Positive Impact on the Individual? Is Social Networking a Threat to Privacy? and Does Social Networking Threaten Teen Safety?
Nonfiction titles that are relevant, convenient, and accessible research and learning tools for sixth to twelfth grade students. Focused on history.
The Constitution and the Founding of a New Nation
In the years following the War for Independence, the United States of America was in danger of collapsing because the new nation lacked a solid system of governance and framework of laws. The delegates who met in Philadelphia in 1787 to write the US Constitution were charged with the awesome task of establishing a democracy that would survive the ages. The document they produced has stood the test of time and has also served as a model for emerging democracies across the globe.
The Great Depression
The Great Depression of the 1930s was the worst financial disaster ever to strike the United States. This book explains the events, economic practices, and social attitudes that helped bring about the Stock Market Crash of October 29, 1929, it describes in vivid detail what life was like for Americans, during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl Days, and it also outlines the legacy of the Great Depression--how it affected those who lived through it and those generations that have followed.
The Late Middle Ages
The Late Middle Ages began at the dawn of a millennium, marked by the start in 1096 of religious wars called the Crusades. The era ended roughly in the mid-1400s, ushering in the next major era in European history: the Renaissance.
The World Trade Center
New York City's World Trade Center, which included the buildings known as the Twin Towers, was one of the city's most familiar structures. But its legacy rests on one of the modern world's greatest tragedies: the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Six million human beings, murdered in the name of racial purity. Adolf Hitler and those beneath him in Nazi Germany--from 1933 to 1945--did not believe Jews and others they deemed inferior had a right to live. The Holocaust is the grisly story of how six million Jews, along with millions of other innocent people, were systematically brutalized and butchered by the Nazis.
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).
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?
The Obama administration has given high priority to development of alternative energy sources. Biofuels are increasingly being used as an alternative to fossil fuels and, as a result, global biofuel production tripled from 2000 to 2007. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full-color illustrations this title examines Can Biofuels Reduce Dependence on Fossil Fuels? How Do Biofuels Affect the Environment? Does Biofuel Production Threaten the World Food Supply? What Is the Future of Biofuels?
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?
Advances in medicine and biology help to improve the lives of many people, yet with new technology comes new ethical questions about what is right and wrong. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full-color illustrations this title examines Can Genetic Testing and Manipulation Be Done Ethically? Is the Use of Human Embryos in Stem Cell Research Ethical? Is Assisted Reproductive Technology Ethical? Should Doctors Be Allowed to Help Patients Die?
Online Information and Research
Surveys show that half the Internet users in America spend at least part of each day searching for information online. Search has become such an important part of people's lives that many can’t imagine what life would be like without access to Google. Not all information found on the Internet is accurate or objective, though, meaning that Internet browsers must find ways to assess the quality of the information they find online.
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.
Doors fly open by themselves, dishes fall from shelves, stones fall from the sky: these are obvious signs that a poltergeist may be near. For centuries, these mischievous and often malevolent spirits have terrorized people, who often find no protection from their evil. This book provides a history of poltergeist hauntings, highlights some well-known cases and examines what may truly be behind this dark and eerie paranormal phenomenon.
From haunted mansions, airplanes, and lighthouses, to the "sightings" of relatives who died long ago, many people are convinced that ghosts are real and walk among us. Using real-life stories, this book examines some of the most interesting ghosts and hauntings, how ghost hunters go about their work, and scientific theories that attempt to explain paranormal phenomena.
Ancient pyramids found throughout the world, especially Egypt and Mesoamerica, have mystified people for centuries. This title explores the controversial theories related to why they were built, who built them, and where did these ancient peoples acquire the necessary technology to construct such mysterious and enormous structures.
From helping a stranded motorist who turns out to be billionaire Donald Trump that results in a hefty cash reward, to a story about cow eyeballs in fast food hamburgers, people love to hear and repeat such stories. Known as urban legends, these tales are almost always false, but once told, each one takes on a life of its own. This book tells about the funniest, scariest, grossest, and most intriguing urban legends ever.
The Curse of King Tut
Shortly after the ancient tomb of Egypt’s King Tutankhamun was opened in 1922, the English lord who had financed the discovery died. In subsequent years, others connected with the tomb also died, some under mysterious circumstances. This title examines the so-called curse of King Tut and attempts to answer numerous pivotal questions.