The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 24, 2009

Review: Library's online resources receive upgrades

If you visited the online resources pages of the library Web site this month, you probably noticed some changes. For example, instead of Academic Search Elite, you now have access to Academic OneFile and MasterFILE Premier has been replaced with General OneFile. In fact, most of the databases we received from Ebscohost have been replaced.

Joplin Public Library is part of MOREnet (Missouri Research and Education Network). Through our affiliation with MOREnet we get high speed Internet access, technical support, and access to research and periodical databases.

For many years Ebsco Publishing provided these research and periodical databases. However, this year the evaluation committee awarded the contract to Gale Cengage Learning. The library already provides access to several Gale databases for you, such as Biography Resource Center, Gale LegalForms, Litfinder and Price It. With these and the MOREnet supplied databases, you will have access to 30 Gale Cengage Learning products.

Like Ebscohost, the Gale databases provide access to indexing and full-text articles from magazines, newspapers, and reference books. Plus you will get new resources in health and business. Many of the resources are cross searchable, meaning you can choose several databases and search them all with one action.

Searching is easy with a prominently displayed search box and helpful information on each homepage. When you display an article or abstract you can print, e-mail or download (as a text file or a MP3 file). You can also cite the article in MLA or APA style, look up words in the dictionary, translate the article into one of 11 different languages or have it read aloud to you.

You can open an account to create and keep lists, searches, search alerts and RSS feeds. There is a tutorial you can view which explains the advantages to creating an account and everything it can do for you. For your account, just open one of the following databases, click on Login at the top right of the screen then choose “Click here to set up an account.”

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