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March 2015, Volume 7, Issue 3

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Read Across America
Mar. 2

World Wildlife Day
Mar. 3

Digging Deeper into Primary Sources
Mar. 6

Daylight Savings Time begins
Mar. 8

Teen Tech Week
Mar. 8-14

Digital Learning Day
Mar. 13

Freedom of Information Day
Mar. 16

D.E.A.R - Drop Everything and Read
Apr. 2015

School Library Month
Apr. 2015

National Library Week
Apr. 12-18

National Library Workers Day
Apr. 14

National Bookmobile Day
Apr. 15

Celebrate Teen Literature Day
Apr. 16

Money Smart Week®
Apr. 18-25

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Heritage Quest and World Book offer new look and functionality

Featured e-Resources of the Month


Heritage Quest and World Book offer new look and functionality

Heritage Quest
When you access Heritage Quest on March 4, you will see a completely new, more modern look! This genealogy e-resource will have a more powerful, intuitive interface.

Heritage Quest new modern look

Heritage Quest has also added richer content to its six collections, including:

  • Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
  • Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more
  • Expanded collection of genealogy and local history books and city directories with an all-new user interface, thumbnail images and hit highlighting
  • Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
  • Freedman's Bank Records with full-page register view
  • Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
  • U.S. Serial Set Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions
  • All-new research aids
  • Interactive census maps

These improvements should make Heritage Quest easier to use and help streamline the research process for genealogists.

World book on tablet

World Book Kids
World Book Kids, for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, has undergone a complete redesign that is PC, mobile, and iPad compatible!

World book on tablet

World Book Kids still contains the same great, age-appropriate information, now presented in a more visually appealing way. The new interface offers new ways to browse, including image-based navigation to enhance exploration. These favorite features are now fully functional on a tablet or iPad: World of Animals, Compare Places, Maps and More, Games, Science Projects and Important People. The Activities feature for hands-on learning has a new look and includes a "For Grownups" section with mini-lesson plans for teachers.

World book on tablet

World Book Kids articles offer enhanced readability, new visual emphasis, organized layout, quick navigation tabs to more information, and predictive search to help students find what they're looking for. Each article still has favorite tools--Lexile readability, download, print, email, double-click dictionary, read-aloud and translate.

World book on tablet

World Book Student and Advanced
World Book will release the new Student and Advanced reference and learning websites on March 20, 2015. The streamlined user interface, approachable article design, and rich feature set of World Book Kids carry through to the forthcoming new World Book Online Student and Advanced websites.

World book on tablet

These and other e-resources are available from Online Resources on the State Library website. They are directly available within the library and on school and academic campuses and available from home with barcode and password. Contact Julie Erickson ( or Jane Healy (, State Library Electronic Services Coordinators, for more information.





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