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July 2009, Volume 1, Issue 7

Check your Fall Calendars!

Banned Books Week
Sept. 26- Oct. 3

Festival of Books
Oct. 2-4 in Deadwood

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 7-9 in Aberdeen

Teen Read Week
Oct. 18-24

Web 2.0 tricks and tools featured in the electronic resources

Featured e-Resources of the Month

Featured e-Resources of the Month

Web 2.0 tricks and tools featured in the electronic resources

The South Dakota State Library Summer School Web 2.0 Challenge is underway! How will you use what you learn? Several State Library electronic resources have 2.0 features.

Wouldn’t you like to have the journal you read every month automatically e-mailed to you as soon as it’s available? Wouldn’t your cutting edge patron love receiving automatic alerts when a new article of interest is released?


That service is a feature of Proquest, a full-text article resource that adds new content daily. Journal Alerts will send update messages to your e-mail account. RSS (Real Simple Syndication) will send update messages to your feed reader (Google Reader or Bloglines, for example.) As soon as new content is added for your topic of interest, Proquest will notify you. Look for the headings “Set Up Alert” and “Create RSS Feed” after you have done a journal, keyword, or subject search. Instructions on how to do this are available here.

SIRS Researcher also adds content daily and provides RSS feeds for its 300 Leading Issues. Put the RSS feed for your topic of interest in your feed reader and receive updates as they are added.

World Book

One 2.0 feature is user-created content. World Book Advanced, Student, and Discover all offer the ability to create accounts to store research. Advanced and Discover’s “My Research” or Student’s “My Backpack” lets users add Web sites and books to their research lists, keeping all their research in one spot.

World Book Advanced, Student, and Discover offer another interactive tool, Timelines. Users may edit already created timelines about Political Leaders, World History, Arts and Literature, and Science, or they may create their own.

All the resources mentioned have direct access available from the South Dakota State Library Web site within libraries in South Dakota. 24/7 access is available to citizens from home with a library barcode and password. Click on “For Library and School Users” to see the electronic resources list.

databases, electronic resources, Web 2.0

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