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 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 Navy
The US Navy 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 Navy jobs ranging from information systems technicians to culinary specialists to aviators.
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 Finance
The finance industry provides many different opportunities to help individuals and businesses handle their money matters. Comments from people in the industry, current statistics and forecasts, and realistic descriptions provide a useful look at finance jobs ranging from bank tellers to accountants to personal financial planners.
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.
How Is Online Pornography Affecting Society?
Experts estimate that there are now more than 2.5 million websites devoted to pornography on the Internet. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full color illustrations this title examines What Are the Origins of the Online Pornography Controversy? How Addictive Is Online Pornography? Is Online Pornography Harmful to Young People? How Does Online Pornography Affect Relationships? What Should Be Done About Online Pornography?
How Is the Internet Eroding Privacy Rights?
In an increasingly digital world, protecting privacy online is getting more and more difficult. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full color illustrations this title examines the origins of the internet privacy controversy, the effect of social media on privacy, how data collection undermines privacy on the internet, how hackers are using the internet to violate privacy, and what can be done to limit privacy violation on the internet.
How Does Cell Phone Use Impact Teenagers?
Experts are concerned about the way habitual cell phone use has altered teenagers' lives. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full color illustrations this title examines What Are the Origins of Concerns About Cell Phone Use? Can Cell Phone Use Harm Teens Physically? Can Cell Phone Use Harm Teens Psychologically? How Serious a Problem Is Texting While Driving? How Serious a Problem is Sexting?
How Does Violent Media Affect Youth?
The horror of mass shootings leads, inevitably, to renewed debate over the causes of such violence particularly in the context of youth. Studies on the effects of violent media on young people have had mixed results. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full color illustrations this title examines: What Are the Origins of the Media Violence Debate? Does Violent Media Cause Violent Behavior? Are Violent Video Games Harming Youth? What Is the Impact of Sexual Violence in the Media? How Should the Problem of Media Violence Be Addressed?
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 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.
For thousands of years the pyramids, temples, monuments, and manuscripts of ancient Egypt have inspired humanity. Ancient Egypt explores the history of that timeless culture and its influence on modern philosophy, religion, art, medicine, astrology, and architecture.
The Parthenon of Ancient Greece
In the fifth century B.C., the Greek city-state of Athens erected the Parthenon, a majestic temple honoring Athena, goddess of war and wisdom. This structure is considered the most perfect structure ever created.
The Pyramids of Giza
The pyramids on the Giza Plateau are some of the oldest and largest man-made structures on Earth. Who built them, why they were built, and how were they built? Today, many of the pyramids' mysteries have been solved, but how a civilization without the wheel or large beasts was able to accomplish such engineering masterpieces is still a matter of debate.
Life Along the Ancient Nile
From mummies to mammoth pyramids, Egypt has exerted a continual fascination throughout its long history. Step back in time and see how the Egyptians lived thousands of years ago. The bounty of the Nile River gave them one of highest standards of living in the ancient world.
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).
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?
People throughout the world rely on coal for generating electricity and for powering factories that make products such as steel, cement, and paper--yet because it is such a dirty fuel, as well as a finite resource, coal is highly controversial. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full-color illustrations, this title examines How Dependent Is the World on Coal Power? Does Coal Burning Threaten the Environment? What Are the Environmental Effects of Coal Mining? and What Is the Future of Coal Power?
Climate Change Research
Climate change is of grave concern today--among scientists, lawmakers, and the public. Researchers are trying to determine whether climate change fueled by global warming is a threat to life on earth, and if it is, what humanity can do about it. This title examines the science behind climate change research in the following chapters: What is Climate Change?; Reading Climate Change in the Earth; Temperature and Precipitation; Climate Models; and Climate Technology of the Future.
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.
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.
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?
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 Loch Ness Monster
The cold murky waters of Scotland’s Loch Ness have been hiding mysterious monsters for nearly 2,000 years. This book delves into the fables, facts, and fallacies surrounding the Loch Ness monster and takes the reader on a fascinating journey to the heart of the Nessie legend.
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.
In 2010, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking proposed that it was highly likely that space aliens were real. Hawking is not alone in this belief--polls consistently show that one-third of the population believes extraterrestrials have visited Earth. Aliens covers this subject in riveting detail with new information concerning close encounters, alien characteristics, abductions, and extraterrestrial conspiracies.