Thursday, October 27, 2011

Byki Online about to get even better!

Many of our patrons have used Byki Online to help them learn a foreign language. Starting on November 19, Byki Online will become Transparent Language Online, which includes the entire collection of Byki material currently offered, as well as a whole suite of new features, including the new Essentials courses, a fully-guided learning experience that is sure to get your learning off on the right foot.

Starting November 19, you will still log in to Byki the way you always have, but you will be offered the option to either continue using “Classic” Byki or start using the new/enhanced Transparent Language Online service. All of the items you have learned in Byki will transition over to the new system.

Transparent Language Online is packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing, and vocabulary building lessons for over 80 languages. Featuring top-of-the-line coursework combined with extensive social media resources, Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system available to library patrons.

Don't have internet access at home or prefer not being "online?" Try our Transparent Language interactive language instruction series via USB flash drive. Simply plug the flash drive into your computer, download the Transparent Language software and you're ready to go. No data plan necessary!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Microsoft Academic

Microsoft Academic Search (MAS) is a free academic search engine covering scientific disciplines (MAS dubs them "domains") including engineering, computer science and economics. The database provides full-text access to academic publications, authors, conferences and journals, with the goal of connecting millions of scholars, students, librarians, and other users. The service is in beta, but definitely worth a look by students and researchers.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

World Book E-Book Collection

Paper due tomorrow on Homer's The Iliad? Access hundreds of fiction and non-fiction "classic" e-books, including the works of Homer, with selections in nine (9) languages via the World Book Online Reference Center.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The library catalog - now on your smartphone

Fauquier County Public Library is pleased to announce an alternative interface of the library's online catalog for patrons using advanced handheld devices such as the Apple iPhone™, BlackBerry® Storm™, Palm® Pre™, and Google's Android™ OS phones. If you're a smartphone user and visit the library's online catalog, you will be automatically redirected to the library's mobile catalog, optimized to help you quickly find the items you're looking for, check your account and access the library's hours of operation.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

e-Resource of the Month: eLibrary®

eLibrary®—the user-friendly general reference tool—delivers one of the largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content designed to support every range of user, including elementary students, college-prep and college-level researchers, and professional educators.

eLibrary’s interface and features make research easy. Researchers will find the answers they need from more than 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts, plus thousands of maps, pictures, weblinks, and audio/video files.

Titles cover a wide range of subjects including business, education, general interest, health, language arts, sciences, social sciences, and many other curriculum-specific subject areas.

Every magazine, journal, newspaper, book, and transcript is provided in 100 percent full-text—saving valuable search time and reducing the frustration of abstract-only results. Plus, the variety of multimedia content supplements and enhances text-only information.

Access to this database requires a Fauquier County Public Library card number. If you do not have a library card, apply for one online and gain instant access to this database.

Like all the library's premium online resources/databases, you can find this at http://library.fauquiercounty.gov, under Find Information... Search for Articles and More. eLibrary is listed under Magazines, Journals & Newspapers.