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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Using Subscription Databases to Locate Geography Information

Many of the common subscription databases have easy to locate geographical information.

Academic Search Premier:

In the advanced search mode, you can search via subject terms or geographic terms. You can also mouse over the "More" link at the top of the screen and then select "Indexes."

Geographical images can be searched by using the "More" link and then selecting "Image Collection" or "Image Quick View Collection." Under Image Collection, you can limit the results to maps, photos of places, or flags. These images come from EBSCO's image collection. Under Image Quick View Collection, you can limit the results to maps. These images come from articles.

Encyclopedia Brittanica (Elementary/Middle School/High School Editions):

All three editions contain a searchable world atlas and a "compare countries" feature.

All three editions also feature "Discover America," "Discover Canada," "Discover Mexico," and "World" sections where you can click on a state, province, or continent to learn more.

To search for geographical video clips, click on the "social studies" topic and select "geography". All video clips are downloadable on MP4s.

The Elementary edition has a geography explorer feature, which provides interactive activities for kids such as locating continents on a map.

Kids Info Bits:

To browse, select "geography" from the main page.

If you search a geographical term, you can click on the maps/flags/seals tab to locate that type of information.

In the advanced search mode, you can limit search results to country/state/province overview or to photos, maps and flags.

Kids Search:

For browsing, select "geography" on the main page.

You can search for maps or flags by doing an image search and then limiting the results to maps and flags.

In the detailed search mode, you can limit results to county/state/province reports or to photos, maps and flags.

Student Research Center:

Can search by topic = Social studies, then select the geography subtopic.

Can limit search results to country reports, state/province reports, and photos/maps/flags.

Student Resources in Context:

To browse, click on "topics," then click on "geography." The results show an alphabetical listing of states and countries, each which links to additional information. These results are broken into reference, magazines, and Academic Journals.

In the search bar on the upper right hand corner, you can limit the search to images by clicking on "Images" and entering your search term(s).

In the advanced search mode under document types, there are numerous ways to geographically limit your results. Examples, include flag, geographic overview, map, and country seal.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don't Have Time to Read? Think Again

Someone on the YALSA-bk listserv posted a list of tips for making time to read that I just had to share. The original source of the list came from a Bureau of Education and Research conference for teachers by Deborah Hipes.

Read more than one book at a time
Keep a book in your purse or school bag
Leave a book wherever you might sit down
Read while standing in line
Keep a book in every bathroom. Read 2 pages
Read at lunch
Read while fixing your hair
Set grading goals: grade to your goal; then treat yourself to a few minutes of your current favorite book. Repeat until that big paper stack is finished.
Never ride in a car, plane, train, bus without a book
Subscribe to audible.com or other inexpensive sources for downloading books. Then listen on your iPod while walking, exercising or commuting.
Check out books on tape from your public library and “read” in the car.
Find a reading spouse or friend & take a reading vacation
Keep a book in the car and read while waiting to pick up kids from events
Take a book to the movies and read during previews
Keep a book by the computer to read during boot up time
Read during a pedicure or hair appointment
Take to doctor or dentist appointments and read in the waiting room and also while waiting in the exam room
Read to someone else: your students, children or elderly relatives
Read instead of watching TV
Read during TV commercials
Schedule time to read
Read on the treadmill at the gym.
Read during a bubble bath.
Read books online. There are many free at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/
Read before bedtime
Read while your kids are watching TV
Read instead of eating that snack you don’t really need
Set aside a part of your conference period for professional reading
Get up early and read before work
Join a bookclub
Take your kids to the library and read while they select their books
Go on a date with a friend to the bookstore and read there

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Novelist Plus Now Has a Mobile Interface

Good news for those using mobile apps. The Novelist Plus database now has a mobile interface. Here is the notice from Novelist:

Dear NoveList Plus Customer,

NoveList is pleased to announce that you can now access your favorite Readers’ Advisory tool "on the go," using NoveList Plus Mobile. This mobile version is designed for the smaller screens of mobile devices, and offers the most important NoveList Plus features and functionality right in the palm of your hand. Users can search for titles, authors, and series. Results will also include NoveList content, such as reviews, additional recommendations, lists, and articles (when available). NoveList Plus Mobile is included with your library’s NoveList Plus subscription.

You can also set up links to your catalog and your local collection in NoveList Plus Mobile. The functionality is similar to the basic functionality of EBSCOhost Mobile.

To get started with NoveList Plus Mobile, and for additional information, click here.
We welcome your feedback on this new service! Contact us at NoveList@ebscohost.com with questions and comments.

Best regards,

The NoveList Team