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 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.
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 Engineering
Engineering remains an exciting field and still one of the most highly paid careers you can choose. Comments from people in the industry, current statistics and forecasts, and realistic descriptions provide a useful look at engineering jobs including standard careers such as electrical and mechanical, as well as new and emerging careers such as biomedical.
Careers in the US Army
This book explores the many and varied career opportunities the US Army offers, the requirements recruits must meet to qualify for each job, and descriptions of the training and working conditions they will experience. The main mission of soldiers is to safeguard the nation’s freedom. But doing that today requires soldiers not only to wield weapons but to perform many high-tech tasks from flying military drones to capturing and translating enemy communications and even navigating a fleet of boats that is a key part of Army transportation.
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.
Nonfiction titles that are relevant, convenient, and accessible research and learning tools for sixth to twelfth grade students. Focused on digital issues.
How Serious a Threat Are Online Predators?
Experts disagree on just how likely it is for individuals to be victimized by sexual or financial predators online. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full color illustrations this title examines What Are the Origins of the Online Predator Problem? Who Is Most at Risk from Online Predators? Are Internet Dangers Exaggerated? Can the Legal System Stop Online Predators? Can Prevention Efforts Protect Online Users from Predators?
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?
Thinking Critically: Online Privacy
Online privacy is one of the most hotly debated subjects in American society. Through a narrative driven pro/con format - supported by relevant facts, quotes, anecdotes, and full color illustrations - this title examines issues related to online privacy. Topics include: Do The Benefits of Commercial Data Mining Outweigh the Risks to Privacy? Should Online Privacy Be Sacrificed for National Security? Do the Benefits of Electronic Health Records Outweigh Risks to Privacy? Are Stronger Protections Needed for Online Privacy?
Teens and Sexting
Teenagers who share sexually explicit photographs of themselves with one another via cell phone can face embarrassment, bullying, loss of reputation, or even prosecution for sending or receiving child pornography if the images fall into the wrong hands. So why do so many teens see nothing wrong with sexting? Teens and Sexting explores the real life choices that teens face as they develop an understanding of risks and consequences and of right and wrong.
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?
Nonfiction titles that are relevant, convenient, and accessible research and learning tools for sixth to twelfth grade students. Focused on history.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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).
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.
Mental Illness Research
Mental Illness research has the potential to help millions of people worldwide suffering from debilitating mental disorders. This knowledge drives the research toward a fuller understanding of mental illness and the development of effective treatments and therapies. This title examines the science behind mental illness research in the following chapters: What is Mental Illness?; Looking Deep Inside the Brain; The Search for Genetic Links; Developing Treatments and Therapies for Mental Illness; and The Future of Mental Illness Research.
Stem Cell Research
Stem cells can be employed to replace damaged and diseased cells, curing many diseases. As scientists pursue research into stem cells, they have unlocked many secrets about how cells form and how they affect the body. This title examines the science behind stem cell research in the following chapters: What Are Stem Cells? The Mysteries of Embryonic Stem Cells, Rebuilding Damaged Bodies with Adult Stem Cells, Therapeutic Cloning: Altering the DNA of Stem Cells, New Advancements, New Challenges.
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.
Are Video Games Harmful?
Studies indicate that some 74 percent of teens and half of all adults play video games at least once a week. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full-color illustrations this title examines What Are the Origins of Today's Video Game Controversies? Do Violent Video Games Promote Real-Life Violence? Do Video Games Lead to Addiction and Social Isolation? Do Young Gamers Risk Their Health and Well-Being? Should Video Games Be Regulated?
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.
Prophecies and Soothsayers
Since time immemorial prophets and soothsayers have attempted to predict earthshaking events and imminent disasters. Prophecies and Soothsayers takes a fascinating look at the work of ancient astrologers, Biblical prophets, modern-day psychics, and failed prophecies throughout the ages.
Vampires: Do They Exist?
While many people assume that vampires are merely the topic of popular movies and novels, it is also true that many believe they exist in real life, too. This book examines the legends about the various forms vampires take, how they feed on the living, and the dangers of encountering them. Also included are narratives documenting encounters (both ancient and recent) with vampires, and centuries-old Church warnings about the best method of avoiding them.
The monster known as Frankenstein has been haunting humankind's nightmares for nearly 200 years. This book takes readers on a journey through this creature's horrifying history. From his literary birth in 1818 to his reanimation in countless movies, plays, TV shows, novelizations, and various pop-culture phenomena, author Mary Shelley's creation has proved his continuing ability to appall and entertain the public. In the process, he has earned a spot on any list of history's most notorious monsters.
Are Extraterrestrials a Threat to Humankind?
What would be the impact for Earth if or when humankind encounters extraterrestrial life? Whether that alien life is microscopic or sentient, discovered through human exploration or by an alien communication or through the sudden appearance of spaceships above out world, would Earth and humanity be in danger? This title explores opinions about the possible effects of alien contact held by those scientists and thinkers who are actively involved in the search for extraterrestrial life or are seriously considering how Earth should react if contact is ever made.
Vampires in the Movies
Vampire movies have a long and rich history, from what was probably the first one (in 1896), through the classics of the early-twentieth century (Nosferatu, Bela Lugosi's version of Dracula), and on to the present-day mania for Twilight and other modern takes. In between there have been hundreds of versions and variations, including American Sign Language vampires, comedies, space vampires, and much more. This book explores the lore of vampire films, why they remain perennially popular with audiences, and themes that run through the history of these cinematic bloodsuckers.