Friday, November 30, 2007

eResource of the Month for December: NewsBank

While many newspapers, including the Washington Post and the New York Times, have online editions of their newspapers available for free via the Internet, access often requires registration and the acceptance of targeted online advertising. In addition, in some cases the archives (articles older than say, two weeks) are only available for a fee. Now you can access the following regional and national newspapers, ad-free, including their archives, through America's Newspapers from Newsbank. All you need is your Fauquier County library card number.

Coverage includes:
  • Baltimore Sun — from 9/1990 - current
  • New York Times — from 1/2000 - current (includes the New York Times Book Review and the New York Times Magazine sections)
  • Philadelphia Inquirer — from 1981 - current
  • Richmond Times Dispatch — from 8/19/1985 - current
  • Washington Post — from 1977 - current
  • Washington Times — from 1990 - current
The library's subscription also includes access to America's News Magazines, which covers U.S. and international news, business, lifestyle, entertainment, sports, and science and technology from familiar magazines such as TIME, U.S. News & World Report, People Weekly, Fortune, Popular Science and Sports Illustrated. In many cases, access includes articles from as far back as the early 1990s.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Health Wise

Gain Knowledge...
People frequently consult the library's reference sources for information on specific diseases and illnesses. Along with reference resources and items to check out, the library's Web site, specifically the Adult Services page, lists frequently used Health and Medicine Web sites that you may want to bookmark. If you have a library card, you can log in to the Find It Virginia database and search for articles within the Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module. This module includes an online medical encyclopedia, a drug and herb finder, health news and even a directory of health organizations. Find It Virginia can be accessed from the library's Web site under Find Information > Databases.

Share Knowledge...
I recently came across a very handy tool brought to you by the U.S. Surgeon General, called My Family Health Portrait. The web site allows you to create a personalized family health history report that you can use share with other family members and/or your healthcare professional.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Keep Track of What You've Read

Want to review titles you checked out from the library? You can choose to track your circulation history by subscribing to the library's Reading History feature. In doing so, you agree to allow the library's automated system to maintain a list of items you have checked out since subscribing to the Reading History service.

Please be aware that library staff does not have access to your reading history -- this is a feature only available when you create an online account -- but with an appropriate court order, it may be possible for law enforcement officials to gain access (under the U.S. Patriot Act) to your reading history without your permission. If this concerns you, you may not wish to subscribe to Reading History. For more information on the confidentiality of library patron records, click here.

To subscribe/opt-in to Reading History:

  • Log into your account

  • Click on the Reading History button

  • Click on the Opt In button

From this point forward, all items you check out will be recorded in your account and will display in the order of checkout. You may opt out at any time or remove any or all titles from your reading history. To delete entries, mark the box beside each item and then select Delete Marked. To delete all entries, select Delete All. To opt out, you will be required to delete all entries before selecting Opt Out.

Oxford Reference Online Updated

Oxford Reference Online, "the world's most trusted reference collection,"offers over 175 fully-indexed, cross-searchable dictionary, language reference and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press, including detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the world-renowned Oxford Companions Series. The ORO database is updated at least three times a year with new titles, new editions, and additional features. Recent ORO updates include the Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists, A Dictionary of Law Enforcement, A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation, the Oxford Companion to Irish History and the Oxford Companion to Scottish History. You'll also want to check out ORO's Fact of the Day, which can be delivered to your e-mail inbox every day. Remember that the ORO can be accessed via the library's web site 24/7 -- all you need is your library card number. Don't have a library card? Apply for one online.

Friday, November 2, 2007

New: Online Booklists & Rate Items in the Catalog

You know the library has a great selection of booklists for children (including Accelerated Reader lists), both in paper and on the library's Web site. Did you know that we also have online booklists and bibliographies for adults? If you see a recommended item that you'd like to borrow from the library, simply click on the link and place a hold using your online library account.

Aside from placing holds from home, your online library account also lets you "be the judge" and rate items (1 to 5 stars) in the library's collection. It's really quite simple. For example, if you look at our latest fiction, you'll see each item has a set of 5 stars. Click on the stars and rate the item. If you're logged into your library account, this will happen automatically. If you're not logged in yet, you'll be prompted to log in and can proceed with your starred rating. Since this is a new service, most items aren't rated. We hope that patrons find this feature "empowering" and we increase the number of items rated. So please... start rating!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

eResource of the Month: Literature Resource Center

The Literature Resource Center is a complete literature reference database designed for high school, undergraduate and graduate students as well as the casual user. Rich in biographical, bibliographical and critical content, the Literature Resource Center is the premier Internet resource for information on literary figures from all time periods writing in such genres as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, journalism and more. Features include:
  • Biographical entries on over 124,000 authors
  • More than 10,000 entries on literary figures, works and terms
  • Complete profiles of the 266 most studied authors
  • 11,700 biocritical essays on authors and their works written by academic scholars
  • Over 6,700 timeline events to help place literature in its historical and social context
  • 2,300 author portraits
  • A guide to writing a Modern Language Association-style research paper
To access the Literature Resource Center, or any of our other databases from your home computer, see the library's Web site (library.fauquiercounty.gov) and select Databases from the menu on the left (Hint: It's under "Find Information").