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Resource Types


In general, the books in the Intersect Digital Library are made up of two broad types of objects: the source text of the book and a collection of resources that assist readers comprehend the text. The different types of Resources are described below. Most books contain only some of the resource types.

Translational Resources translate keys into some other form of expression. Examples include rewriting the key into different or simpler language (this includes defining the key), voicing or sounding the key, or translating the key into another language such as Spanish or American Sign Language (ASL). In general, translational resources substitute for the key.

Illustrative Resources include all resources providing examples, comparisons, illustrations, and visualizations. Illustrative resources are often, but not exclusively, multimedia objects.

Secondary Resources contain information related to, but not strictly necessary for comprehension of the source text. This will include sidebars; enrichment material, historical references, and references to other parts of the text.

Summarizing Resources provide readers with overviews, summaries, outlines, or abbreviations of the basic text. These can be used to illustrate the global structures of the text, to allow readers to easily distinguish between basic concepts and supporting details, and/or to illustrate relationships.

Instructional Resources are activities or guidance for readers designed to engage them in actively manipulating the words, concepts and information from the text. These resources can range from simple reminders to sophisticated tutoring systems. Examples include directions and reminders; comprehension monitoring questions; practice in skills; and instructional presentations (i.e. CAI); mentoring.

Collaborative Resources support collaboration among readers, enabling them to read the same document simultaneously and communicate with each other about their reading. Most often this involves communication via a network.

Notational Resources provide the reader with writing, drawing or other tools so that they can take notes while they read and study the text.

General Resources. Most of the resources described above are designed to be context specific. That is, they are linked directly to the words and concepts of a specific body of text. General Purpose resources are not. They comprise the generalized information sources such as databases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, reference lists, etc. that might support any number of documents

Structural Resources allow readers to view, navigate and manipulate the text and its resources.

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Opal Whiteley | American History Sourcebook | On the Run | Your Genes, Your Choices | Web de Anza

Romeo & Juliet | Short Stories of Edgar Allen Poe | Eugene Wetlands Fieldguide

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