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South Dakota State Library Services: SIRS

A list of services provided by the South Dakota State Library.

About SIRS

SIRS Discover and Issues Researcher are to assist primarily  K-12 students within a wide variety of subjects.     SIRS Discoverer       SIRS Issues Researcher


Primary Audience and Categories

Discoverer is primarily for elementary and middle school students. Issues researcher is primarily for middle and high school students. Other groups may also find these resources helpful.

More About SIRS Discoverer and Issues Researcher

SIRS Discoverer provides selected full-text articles that support grades K-8. Every article has a summary and a reading level. SIRS Discoverer's special features include biographies, over 3000 maps, country studies and an encyclopedia.

SIRS Issues Researcher provides selected full-text articles that support grades 7-12. “Leading Issues” provides over 300 topics including abortion, gun control, and capital punishment. Each Leading Issue has the topic overview, reviews the pro/con viewpoints and provides a guide for critical thinking to guide the student through the critical thinking process.

For More Information


Please Contact

David Bradford
Digital Resources Coordinator
605-295-3174 or 605-773-3131, Option 5, 3

Alissa Adams
School Library Technology Coordinator
605-295-3152 or 605-773-3131, Option 5, 3

Nina Mentzel
Metadata Librarian
605-773-6391 or 605-280-6911