Thursday, October 1, 2009

October e-Resource: eLibrary®

eLibrary® provides students and researchers access to more than 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts--plus thousands of maps, pictures, educator-approved websites from Homework Central®, and top-quality multimedia (audio/video) files.

The easy-to-use search allows users to sort their results by relevance, date, Lexile or reading level, publication, and source. Parents, homeschoolers and educators can find content that's directly linked to state and national teaching standards.

The one-of-a-kind “Book Cart” feature allows teachers and parents to create reading lists, subject and topic pages, standards-linked lessons and activities, community interest pages, and even pre- or post-assessments.

Teachers and parents will also appreciate the Educator’s Tools section, which includes “teachable moments,” lesson plans, posters, flyers and videos. However, it appears that the content for this area has not been updated since April 2009, so be aware that it's probably more appropriate for finding information/lessons by topic (you can browse by topic) versus lessons tackling current events. Otherwise, you CAN get the latest teachable moments newsletter (which I'm told will eventually be loaded onto the eLibrary subscription site) from the ProQuest K-12 Web site. I would suggest that teachers should sign up for their newsletters anyway, just so you're aware of the newest content and features.

To access this all-in-one e-resource, visit your local library or log in from your home computer via the link on the library's Web site ( Find Information > Search for Articles & More > Magazines and Newspapers > eLibrary (via Find It Virginia).

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