Non-fiction sources available in our library
Tip: Refer back to the Selection step in the Information Skills Process to make sure you are on track. Always write your notes in your own words.
- What information can I leave out?
- How relevant is the information I have found?
- How credible is the information I have found?
- How will I record the information I need?
Most non-fiction books about Antarctica are located on shelves with the call number 998. Use the 'My Library' link on your portal or click the enquiry icon on any school library computer to search for specific animals such as penguins, whales etc. Or use the key words listed in this pathfinder. Here are some great books to look for-
1. 998 HOO Hooper, M. ( 2000). Antarctic journal: The hidden worlds of Antarctica's Animals. London: Frances Lincoln Ltd.
Although Antarctica is a vast, frozen desert, there is abundant life on and around this harsh and beautiful place. Written and illustrated by two experienced Antarctic expeditioners, this book is their journal and includes information on the Antarctic eco-system. climate change, the food web, maps and a clear index so that you can locate information which is relevant to your task. Information is throughout the book, not in sub-sections or chapters.
2. 998 LOV Loves, J. (1998). Discovering Antarctica: Plants and Animals. South Yarra, Vic.: Macmillan Education Australia.
This is one of four titles in the series which take you on a journey to the coldest and windiest place on the planet. It introduces the extraordinary animals that visit Antarctica and the fascinating yet harsh environment they must survive in. It explains in simple terms how the Antactic food web works, animal adaptations and breeding patterns, and characteristics of common wildlife. The fact file and glossary at the end of the book are very useful as quick reference guides to find the meaning of terms that you are reading aout.
3. 519.9 NOR Norman, M. (2007).The Antarctica book: Living in the freezer. Fitzroy, Vic: Black Dog.
This book examines the coldest place on earth, Antarctica, and the animals that visit there. Each page has detailed information, beautiful colour photos about a particular Antarctic animal and a picture scale that simply demonstrates their size compared to that of a man. From the biggest animal that has ever lived on earth, the blue whale, to one of the tiniest, the tardigrade, or water bear, find out how these and other clever creatures have adapted to survive. Use the key words and other specific task terms as you look through the contents and index pages to locate information.
4. 919.8 REI Reid, G. (2005). Antarctica: Ecosystems. South Yarra, Vic.: Macmillan Education Australia..
This book is one of four in the series which looks at the sustainability of Antarctica and the surrounding area, and how it should be managed. Special features include: large 3-D maps and web links for current information on the topic. It is an informative resource that is very suitable to students who are interested in Antarctica.