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April 2009, Volume 1, Issue 4

Worlds Connect @ Your Library

Featured E-Resources of the Month

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Worlds Connect @ Your Library

by Jane Healy & Julie Erickson

This year, National Library Week, April 12-18, celebrates “Worlds Connect @ Your Library.” Connect to other worlds from the library or home using South Dakota State Library electronic resources.

SIRS Discoverer (Grades K-9)
Read full-text articles about other countries by clicking on “Countries” in the Subject Tree. Find information about every country by clicking on “Country Facts” under Database Features.

SIRS Researcher (Grades 6-12)
Read full-text articles about global issues by clicking on the Topic Browse tab and then clicking on “Global Issues.”

ProQuest (Grade 9-adult)
Read full-text articles about countries and global issues from U.S. and international popular, news, and scholarly journals. Type terms in “Basic Search” box or search individual publications by clicking the Publications tab and searching for the desired publication.

Aberdeen American News, America’s News Magazines, Argus Leader, Newsbank’s America’s Newspapers, Newsbank Special Reports
Provided by Newsbank, these resources offer access to full-text current events around the state and the world.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Get an historical perspective on the world by typing terms in the “Basic Search” box or by searching specific full-text reference books, including the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa, World War I Reference Library, World War II Reference Library, and more.

Let Adventure Guides and other travel resources take you to areas around the world in NetLibrary’s full-text online books. Virtually visit places from Canada to New Zealand by typing search terms in the “Basic Search” box.

World Book
All World Book resources offer clickable drill-down maps, which lead to state or province level in North America and country level elsewhere. World Book Kids calls them “Maps,” while World Book Student and World Book Advanced call them “Atlas.” The “Explore” sections in World Book Student and World Book Advanced also lead to the same maps.

Find encyclopedia information about geographic areas by typing the term in the search box. Hear national anthems and country folksongs by clicking on the audio buttons within the articles.

Get pictures related to places by clicking on “Pictures” and entering a search term in World Book Kids, by clicking on “Media” and entering a search term in World Book Student, or by clicking on “Images” and entering a search term in World Book Advanced.

World Book Student and World Book Advanced provide age-appropriate national and world news headlines from PBS or Reuters.

Experience French and Spanish languages in World Book L’encyclopédie Découverte (French) and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (Spanish).

Get Connected
Direct access to all the resources mentioned is available from the South Dakota State Library Web site ( within libraries in South Dakota, and 24/7 access is available to citizens from home with a library barcode and password. Click on “For Library and School Users” for the electronic resources list.

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