Volume 2, Issue 3
Check Your Calendars!!
One Book South Dakota
SD Public Library Survey
February 1- March 31, 2010
Prairie Bud & Pasque voting deadline
March 15, 2010
PLA National Conference
March 23-27, 2010
YARP voting deadline
March 31, 2010
School Library Month
April 1-30, 2010
SD School Library Survey
April 1- May 31, 2010
National Library Week
April 11-17, 2010
National Library Workers Day
April 13, 2010
Featured e-Resources of the Month
SIRS Discoverer, SIRS Issues Researcher, and ProQuest offer full-text online articles on a wide range of topics for research projects
Continuing Education Alert
Highlighting March Online Learning Opportunities
Featured eResources of the Month
At research time, electronic resources provide support
Papers, projects, and presentations are coming due. Where can students turn to find reliable, age-appropriate research sources? The South Dakota State Library offers full-text online newspaper and periodical articles on a wide range of topics for kindergarteners through adults.
SIRS Discover presents K-9 students with articles from Weekly Reader, Biography for Beginners, Cricket, and many more. Each article indicates two reading levels to help students find the best articles for them. Articles include activities and pictures that can be printed or e-mailed. Discover WebFind allows students to find authentic, appropriate Web sites on their topic.
SIRS Issues Researcher’s 300 Leading Issues helps students in grades 6-12 find their way through current, controversial issues by providing full-text newspaper and magazine articles and Web sites in a balanced format. SIRS Issues Researcher has added Read Out Loud capability to its articles and has made them downloadable to MP3 players. Other new tools include an Issues Timeline, Statistics, Global Impact, step-by-step Research Guides, an online Notes Organizer, and an interactive iThink-21st Century Skills Tutor to help students formulate their thinking.
ProQuest helps high school students and adults find newspaper and periodical information on scholarly and popular topics. Select “Full text only” and view complete articles in pdf or html. “Set alert” allows users to run ProQuest searches automatically and e-mails users when something new on their topic has been included. “Cite this” lets users copy and paste citations into their bibliographies.
Free, direct access is available from the South Dakota State Library Web site library.sd.gov within libraries and schools in South Dakota, and 24/7 access is available to citizens from home with a library barcode and password. Under “Online Resources,” click on “For Library and School Users” for the alphabetical list of electronic resource titles.
Note: Librarians are welcome to submit this article to their local newspapers if they like.