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It’s that time of year. Roses abound, Cupid’s bow is drawn, and hundreds of pounds of chocolates will be consumed.

But nothing says love more like heart health, am I right?

Thankfully, there is a great resource for all things health related in Gale’s Health and Wellness Resource Center (which we will call HWRC – because who doesn’t love more acronyms?). With information on diseases, drugs, diagnostics, therapies and more, this database is a one-stop-shop for your health-related questions.

Searching for information in the HWRC is straight forward. There is a basic search bar at the top, which can automatically propagate suggested search topics.

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There is also an advanced search feature that lets your search get wild! You can search by subject guide, publication, or even use the topic finder to break down different subject areas into further categories. This feature is exceptionally helpful if your knowledge of a specific health topic is limited – offering other search areas you may want to explore.

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Furthermore, results include reference materials, academic journals, videos/pictures, audio, and news/magazine articles – with easy to use filters to limit results to relevant information.

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Go ahead and find out what’s more to love about the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center! <3

 

 

Richelle – Sewickley Public Library

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Heart This Resource <3

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It’s that time of year. Roses abound, Cupid’s bow is drawn, and hundreds of pounds of chocolates will be consumed.

But nothing says love more like heart health, am I right?

Thankfully, there is a great resource for all things health related in Gale’s Health and Wellness Resource Center (which we will call HWRC – because who doesn’t love more acronyms?). With information on diseases, drugs, diagnostics, therapies and more, this database is a one-stop-shop for your health-related questions.

Searching for information in the HWRC is straight forward. There is a basic search bar at the top, which can automatically propagate suggested search topics.

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There is also an advanced search feature that lets your search get wild! You can search by subject guide, publication, or even use the topic finder to break down different subject areas into further categories. This feature is exceptionally helpful if your knowledge of a specific health topic is limited – offering other search areas you may want to explore.

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Furthermore, results include reference materials, academic journals, videos/pictures, audio, and news/magazine articles – with easy to use filters to limit results to relevant information.

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Go ahead and find out what’s more to love about the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center! <3

 

 

Richelle – Sewickley Public Library

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PowerSearch & The Economist

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One of the state resources is PowerSearch, which enables one-stop searching of many Gale databases.  It shows results from magazines, news sources, academic journals, and more.

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While searching for slightly varied terms can yield wildly different results, it is nice to be able to start in one place.  Don’t hesitate to tweak your search terms repeatedly.

One publication that is indexed is The Economist.  While it’s certainly not a graphic-friendly browsing experience, it is one way to read articles, now that RB Digital is going away as a County resource.  Currently, neither Flipster or OverDrive offer The Economist.

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Articles from The Economist can also be found in Gale’s General OneFile and Infotrac Newsstand.

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In any of these Gale databases, on the main screen, under the search box is a button for Publication Search.  (Alternately, you can choose the Advanced Search icon, then choose the Publication Search tab).  Within Publication Search, you can click the link to show a list of All publications in that database or just type your targeted name in the search box.  With just a few more clicks, you will be at a list of issues, then a list of articles.

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Christy, Carnegie Library of McKeesport

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Chilton Library

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Is your car under a recall?  Chilton Library is a great resource to see if a car has a recall.  Searching is particularly convenient because you do not need to know your VIN number.  You just select the make, model, and year of the car, and then click on the “select” button.

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It may not be perfect, but my current car (a Honda) is a lot less problematic than the old Saturn.  And thanks to Chilton Library, I can see the only Honda recall involves the Takada airbags, and luckily those have already been replaced.

Kate Straccia, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main

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Digging into Database Content

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Most of us are generally familiar with how a database works, how to perform a simple search and download an article. But do you know which sources of information make up those results pages?

All of that information is readily available for you to discover, if you have the time.  Having an idea of some of the most common magazines, reference sources, and journals make up the database content might make answering patron questions easier.  Having that information will allow you to recommend more appropriate resources to assist in research.

MasterFile Premier title sources can be downloaded as Excel or HTML files from here: https://www.ebsco.com/products/research-databases/masterfile-premier . Included in the information is data on the start and stop date of full text data, web publishing delay information (embargo), and PDF availability.  This can be helpful, especially for patrons doing research with a specific publication target date.

Let’s take a look at how our patrons are using specific resources. In 2017 these magazines/journals are included in the most downloaded in Allegheny County:

  • Consumer Reports
  • American Record Guide
  • Knight-Ridder Business Newsfeed
  • Library Journal
  • Consumer Reports Buying Guide
  • USA Today
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Talent Development
  • New Yorker
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Time

You can find title lists for other resources as well.  To find title lists for Gale products like US History inContext, Literature Resource Center, or Opposing Viewpoints inContext scroll to the bottom of the page after you are inside the product and click on “About…”.  On the about page you will find title lists available.

Dustin/ Lynne, Sewickley Public Library

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Promoting Collections with NoveList Plus

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Summer Reading programs are fast approaching!  I know all of us are anticipating displays and activities that highlight our collections and encourage our library patrons to discover great titles, both fiction and nonfiction.

NovelList Plus is a fabulous resource for staff and public alike.  Although it is perfect for developing reading lists and printing out those long lists of books in series, as well as finding read-alikes, it’s a great website to encourage library users to discover new titles for themselves.

NovelList Plus has some ready-made flyers and bookmarks that can be adapted quite easily.  Let your patrons in on this great resource!

You can go to http://support.ebscohost.com/promotion/ to look for flyers such as these to encourage your patrons to explore NovelList Plus for themselves.

Lynne Schneider
Sewickley

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Database & eResource Trainings

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The Digital Resources Committee will be sponsoring four Electronic Resource trainings throughout 2017. These trainings will look at both database and downloadable resources, and will offer tips on how and when to use these resources. The first training is scheduled for Monday, March 6th at Northland Public Library and will include a webinar component. A list of all of the training dates and locations will be sent out to einlibs soon, as well as being posted on here on the Virtual Lexicon.

We hope that many people will be able to attend one of these trainings throughout the year. In the meantime, take a look at our eArticles and eResouces pages to review all of the great resources we offer!

–Hilary Lewis Lackner, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Novelist Plus is Here

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Allegheny County public library users now have access to Novelist Plus and Novelist Plus K-8.  Novelist Plus has the same interface as users are accustomed to but it now includes Nonfiction and Audio-book titles and authors not previously available.

Novelist Plus is a more powerful way to find Title, Author, or Series readalikes. There are about 70,000 of them!  It’s great for readers advisory by helping to find titles that appeal to a reader’s favorite things they like to read about.

Many people don’t know that Novelist Plus can also be used to find topical reading lists, book group discussion guides, curriculum guides, and more.

If you haven’t had a chance, give Novelist Plus a try and start telling you patrons what it has to offer.  And you can boost usage at your library by using some of Ebsco’s Novelist promotional materials.

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Dustin, SewickleyPL

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Tackling the Issues

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It’s a presidential election year, which means hot topic political issues are being discussed and debated.  Not just by the candidates but also our library users young and old.

This might be a good opportunity to tell people about Opposing Viewpoints in Context to get up to speed on both sides of the important issues.  Opposing Viewpoints presents viewpoints from all sides of issues like: minimum wage, national security, global warming, racism, and many more.

They make the information easy to find by organizing it by topic and featuring timely, well written viewpoints, biographies, and statistics.

Have an informed opinion and go beyond commenting on a candidate’s hair and outfit!

Dustin Shilling, Sewickley

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Ancestry Library Edition

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Ancestry Library Edition is a wonderful resource offered for free by the library.  By offering patrons access to 7,000 databases and billions of records, it can help support research into local history and genealogy.   Ancestry Library is available to patrons only at the library.  That is good thing because it compels people to come to the library to see all the other wonderful things we offer.

Ancestry is easy for patrons to use.   It has an intuitive search interface, detailed search indexes and helpful tools.  Patrons can search through records such as:

  • Birth, Marriage, Death and Military Records
  • Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills
  • Stories, Memories, Histories and Pictures
  • City, School, and Church Directors and Histories
  • Newspapers, Maps, Atlases and Gazettes

ProQuest has some YouTube training videos.  They are nice and short, so you can share them with your patrons.  Here is the link:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-aFAdxOSTDcpY0OQQoffKmX2AEjpUYUP

Instead of paying for an Ancestry subscription, our library edition is a great alternative for patrons.

Lisa DeLucia, Upper St. Clair Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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