Thursday, November 1, 2012

e-Resource of the Month: Literati

The library recently added Credo’s Literati to its arsenal of electronic resources for adults and students. Designed as a gateway to the library’s resources, Literati includes reference e-books, journals, and scholarly articles. Here is what some critics are saying about  Literati:
The beautifully simple search page will be a welcome sight to a generation that has grown up on Google … The ability to perform cross reference searching across a large reference collection is liberating and powerful.— Library Journal
In an age in which Wikipedia is king and students are loathe to pick up a reference book, Credo’s [Literati] Topic Pages is an attractive solution for steering students toward trusted information.— Choice Magazine
Literati is a great place for students to get started on their research. Not only does the service provide in-depth, high quality information on a given topic, it provides related entries in magazines, newspapers and the library's own catalog, ensuring researchers are exposed to all the library has to offer.
  • Educational e-content (encyclopedias, atlases, reference books, dictionaries) for K-12 through adult
  • Topic Pages which organize/present materials (reference e-books, magazine articles, etc.) by subjects including Art, Biographies, Philosophy, Technology and more!
  • The Mind Map feature for narrowing and broadening topics -- it helps students to visualize their topic and identify associated keywords - great for brainstorming
  • Subject-specific tutorials and videos that improve information literacy - topics include Genealogy Research and Applying for Jobs Online
  • Links to related items in the library catalog which you can place holds on/check out
  • Live Homework Help (staffed by teachers) for students in grades 3-12 for writing, reading and math. Live help is available from 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 am - 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Teachers and students collaborate in the virutal classroom via an interactive whiteboard!
  • Fun applications such as the Crossword Solver (enter '?' for the letter you are missing in your word)
You can access Literati through the library's online catalog and on the Articles & Databases page (under Encyclopedia & Reference).

Or, go to and enter in your 10-digit Fauquier County Public Library card number.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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