Wednesday, October 22, 2008

November eResource - Bloom's Literary Reference Online

Have a paper due on Henry James? Look no further than Bloom's Literary Reference Online. With more than 15,000 entries on births, deaths, publications, and events in world literature from the ancient era to the present day, this online database includes...
  • Biographies of thousands of authors from around the world, browsable by nationality, type of writing, or time periods ranging from ancient to modern

  • Overviews, synopses, analyses, and literary criticism of thousands of works—from novels to poetry to plays—browsable by genre and time period or alphabetically

  • In-depth, full-text entries on literary movements, literary groups, magazines and newspapers, and historical events that help place literature in context, as well as definitions of literary terms

  • A dictionary of more than 34,000 entries with concise, informative definitions, many with pronunciation, etymology, and syllable breaks of the word

  • Information on more than 42,000 major and minor literary characters, including where they first appeared, what part they played in the plot, and how they are related to other literary characters

  • Essays on how to write about literature, including essays by Harold Bloom on popularly assigned authors

  • Harold Bloom's Western Canon: Professor Bloom's selections of the major works of Western literature through the present day

Bloom's also includesvideo segments covering a range of topics—from biographies of writers to critical analysis of plays to literary genres.

To access this resource for free, simply go to the library's Web site, click on Find Information > Search for Articles and More. Under Literature and eBooks, you'll see a link to the Bloom's log in page. You'll need your Fauquier County Public Library card in order to continue. If you don't have a card, apply for one online.

Monday, October 20, 2008

More News You Can Use

Back in December, 2007, I introduced readers to America's Newspapers from Newsbank, a subscription-based online resource available for free to Fauquier County Public Library card holders and users.

Since then, there have been a number of improvements made to this news resource, including the addition of over 900 regional newspapers, including the Culpeper Star-Exponent and the Winchester Star (previously we just had access to five papers -the Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Enquirer, Washington Post, Washington Times and Richmond Times-Dispatch), as well as video news segments from sources like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report and the NBA and NHL.
To access America's Newspapers from Newsbank from home, visit the library's Web site (listed under Find Information > Search for Articles & More) and enter your 10-digit library card.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

College Entrance Exam Resources

The next ACT test date is October 25. The next date for the SAT and Subject Tests is November 1. Are you ready?

Your Fauquier County Public Library card allows you to access Peterson's online practice tests and test prep e-books for free. You'll also want to take advantage of the books and other materials available for checkout. For details, see the For the College Bound section on the library's Web site.

On the Web, the College Board has an official SAT Preparation Center with links to test prep questions, an official practice test and more. Be aware that they also use the site to try and sell you test prep workbooks and guides.

The ACT student site also has free test prep, including test taking tips and test descriptions. You may also want to check out their student blog and hear from real students about their experiences preparing for and taking the exam.

For the 2008-2009 schedule of test dates, registration deadlines and fees, see the College Board (SAT) and the ACT web sites.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

October e-Resource: World Book Online

Have a paper due? Teachers want students to cite actual reference materials, including the trusted World Book Encyclopedia ("research" via Google or "the Internet" just isn't going to cut it). The good news is that there's no need to drive to the library and pore through a multi-volume encyclopedia set. Instead, search all the articles from the regular 22-volume World Book print set, along with more than 12,000 pictures and maps, 10,000 sound files and 100 videos and animations from the comfort of your home computer using World Book Online. The site also includes special features like the Virginia Resource Guide and Today in History. For younger students, there is the World Book Kids version, which features student activities and teacher guides, sound clips and a student-friendly search engine. For Spanish-speakers, World Book Online also offers World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.

To access any of the World Book Online resources, go to the library's Web site, look under Find Information and click on Search for Articles and More. The World Book resources are listed under Encyclopedias and Reference. You will need to enter your 10-digit library card number in order to access from home/outside of the library.