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 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 Information Technology
Some of the most well paying and in-demand careers in the United States are in the field of Information Technology. Comments from people in the industry, current statistics and forecasts, and realistic descriptions provide a useful look at information technology jobs ranging from social media specialists to software developers to Wi-Fi network engineers.
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 the Military
The United States’ military is the nation’s largest employer. With five different branches and more than 2,000 occupational specialties, the military has a place for every type of individual. Comments from military personnel, current statistics and forecasts, and realistic descriptions provide readers with a look at military careers ranging from pilots to food specialists to medics.
Nonfiction titles that are relevant, convenient, and accessible research and learning tools for sixth to twelfth grade students. Focused on digital issues.
Is Social Networking Beneficial to Society?
Social networking sites are an essential part of everyday life. But whether they are good for relationships and society as a whole is debatable. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full color illustrations this title examines What Are the Origins of the Social Networking Debate? Is Social Networking Changing the Nature of Relationships? How Has Social Networking Impacted Political and International Events? How Does Social Networking Affect Education and the Workplace? Does Social Networking Pose a Threat to Privacy?
How Do Cell Phones Affect Health?
Cell phones have become indispensable for many people, but some experts say that heavy cell phone use is harmful to physical, social, and psychological wellbeing. This book examines various topics related to the ways in which cell phones can impact health, including whether cell phones can cause cancer or interfere with medical devices and how texting while driving can threaten lives.
Experts say computer hackers that illegally broke into business and government technology systems in America accessed 3.7 million documents in one year, and the Internet crime complaint center run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation has received 25,000 complaints per month. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full color illustrations this title examines How Serious is the Threat from Hacking? Does Hacking Threaten National Security? Can Hacking be Justified? Can Hackers be Stopped?
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?
Thinking Critically: Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying, or the harassment of teenagers and others through texts, email, and social media, is a growing issue both in schools and in society. Through narrative driven pro/con format - supported by facts, quotes, anecdotes, and full color illustrations - this title examines issues related to cyberbullying. Topics include How Much of a Problem Is Cyberbullying? How Does Cyberbullying Compare to Ordinary Bullying? Should Schools Respond to Off Campus Cyberbullying? What Role Should Law Enforcement Play in Cyberbullying?
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.
December 7, 1941 was, in the words of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, "a day which will live in infamy." On that date the Japanese Imperial Navy launched a surprise attack on the American military bases at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
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.
The Digital Age
The computer and its ability to create online networks has profoundly transformed science, industry, business, and society itself. Mobile devices that are always connected, engrossing social networks and games, "smart" cars and homes--we are immersed in a digital world that is empowering and sometimes threatening. Our rapidly changing technological landscape raises issues of access, privacy, and security--while challenging our understanding of what it means to be human.
The Abolition of Slavery
Slavery, its abolition, and its legacy have divided the United States from the nation's beginning. The issue brought out the best and the worst in Americans, but it took a Civil War for the practice to be brought to an end. Even then, the battle for black freedom and equality continued, and it continues to the present day.
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).
Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered?
All states have outlawed drinking by teenagers yet studies show that more than half of high school seniors have consumed alcohol while younger teenagers drink as well. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full-color illustrations this title examines What Are the Origins of the Drinking Age Controversy? Are Teenagers Mature Enough to Drink? Can a Lower Drinking Age Reduce Binge Drinking? Can Other Countries Serve as a Model? Do U.S. Lawmakers Favor a Lower Drinking Age?
The Internet provides new opportunities for instant access to information and services. Using the anonymity of the Internet, online predators have become skilled at using technology to exploit people for sexual, financial, or other malicious purposes.
Studies show that obesity rates of school-aged children have tripled in the last 30 years. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full-color illustrations this title examines What Are the Origins of Childhood Obesity? How Serious Is Childhood Obesity? What Are the Causes of Childhood Obesity? Can Childhood Obesity Be Reversed? Can Childhood Obesity Be Prevented?
Natural Disaster Research
Natural hazard research has tremendous potential to help communities save lives and protect property threatened by earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and many other natural phenomena. This knowledge drives the research toward a fuller understanding of natural disasters and the development of warning systems and mitigation strategies. This title examines the science behind natural disaster research in the following chapters: Why Study Disasters?; What Are Natural Disasters?; Reading the Earth and Its Movement; Wind and Weather; Mapping and Modeling; and New Directions in Disaster Research.
DNA Evidence and Investigation
DNA is a powerful law enforcement tool that is used to solve a wide variety of crimes. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full-color illustrations this title examines, How Conclusive Is DNA Evidence in Solving Crimes? How Effective Is DNA Testing for Correcting Justice System Errors? Should Prisoners Have a Right to DNA Testing? and Do Law Enforcement DNA Databases Threaten Civil Liberties?
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.
Among the most famous figures in British history, King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table were the embodiment of valor, chivalry, and wisdom. But, did such a person as Arthur ever exist? And, if he did exist, was he anything similar to how he has been portrayed?
Huge lizard--like creatures that fly and breathe fire--dragons have terrified and fascinated people for centuries. Stories of dragons have been told in almost every culture around the world. From ancient myths to modern films, no real or imaginary animal has sparked the human imagination as much as the dragon.
Are witches real or merely the imaginings of hysterical minds and irrational folklore? Witches have been a source of fear and fascination for thousands of years. This title traces the subject of witches from ancient times through today, and also explores the massive witch hunts that ended in the executions of thousands of alleged witches.
From Ancient Greece to contemporary culture, the mythical Cyclops has long fascinated readers. Ugly and one-eyed, the Cyclops is known the world over as a primitive and ferocious creature who consumes human flesh and terrorizes whole communities. Today, writers and filmmakers continue to use the classic image of the Cyclops in everything from comic books to big budget Hollywood movies. Although visions of the monster have changed over time, the Cyclops remains one of the best known and most feared creatures of all time.
From clanking and wailing in an abandoned house and strange lights on a Civil War battlefield to eerie voices heard on a tape recorder left on in a cemetery at night, there are thousands of haunted places. Why do some spirits of the dead remain on earth and what can be done about them?