World Book Changes Coming July 1

world book advanced newWorld Book is getting a brand-new look! View Inside the New World Book Online Article Page. This 30-minute in-depth look will give you a look inside to see what’s new, what’s changed, and why the improvement will be beneficial to you and your students and patrons.

Currently World Book Kids already has the new look, so you can check it out live there.

In addition, World Book is a State Database and we now have two new World Book databases: World Book Student and World Book Advanced.

Hot Topic – How to Use the Library Databases: World Book Online also has a short video of the new look as well as links to the World Book Video &Tutorial pages which describes the new features.

Transparent Language Online is Now Available

free-screen-wotdTransparent Language Online is now available to your patrons. To learn more about this new service visit the Hot Topic – How to Use the Library Databases – Transparent Language Online.

If your patron already has a library Zinio Magazine account, they can use the same email address and password to access their Transparent Language Online account.

NOTE: LIBRARY COMPUTERS WILL ASK FOR A BARCODE. Once you enter a barcode and PIN, bookmark the page you land on and use the bookmark link so you don’t have to enter a barcode.


Transparent Languages is Coming Soon!

can't drive the car speak the languageTransparent Languages will be added next week ( Tuesday or Wednesday) to replace Rocket Languages.

Here’s why we selected this product to replace Rocket Languages.

Features: 95+ Languages (and growing!)  From Afrikans to Zulu
Extensive English Collection: Materials for speakers of 25+ languages including an intermediate-level immersion course
Features all aspects of language learning and Core Skill-Building Activities:               Listening, speaking, reading, and writing
Speaking Practice: Compare your pronunciation to that of a native speaker
Typing Activities, learn to write in a new language
Flexible Learning Path: Follow a plan or blaze your own trail.
Insight and Review: Quickly and easily see how much you’ve learned and easily review the material.
The Welcome Lesson: Using game dynamics, a quick, basic lesson to learn a few key words and how to use the program.
Improved Speed: The latest HTML/JavaScript framework makes it ultra-fast.
Intuitive Interface: Designed to be used on any PC or tablet, the service optimizes itself for the size of your screen
Free app for mobile devices is also available see Transparent Languages Mobile for additional information.

New Databases

hobbies__crafts_reference_center_336x280_try_it_nowWith some State monies we were able to add the following databases.

  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
  • Legal Information Reference Center
  • MasterFile Premier (contains Consumer Reports)
  • Small business Reference Center
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Added to Artemis you will also find

  • LitFinder
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography

Both of these titles are also individually linked on Databases A-Z.

All databases have also been added to various Hot Topics.

For Olympic information see the Hot Topic – Sports – Winter Olympics 2014.

New Literature Databases

LITF DLBCWe have just added two new literature databases which can be found on the Databases A-Z Search by Topic – Literature & Poetry page and under their name on the Databases A-Z pages. the databases are:

Dictionary of Literary Biography – provides more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. This literature resource includes the DLB main series, the DLB Documentary Series, and the DLB Yearbook Series – all delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals.

LitFinder – If looking for a literary work this is the place to start. It contains 140,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and 1,250 full-text plays. LitFinder is also now available in Artemis Literary Sources.

Want to learn how to use these new databases and Artemis Literary Sources? Attend one of the sessions below on January 16th at Windmill Library in the Virtual Library Training Lab.

Session 1: 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Session 2: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

These are hands-on training session and everyone is welcome to attend including patrons.  Since space is limited please RSVP by email to with your name and which session you wish to attend.

Science, Social Studies and National Geographic

cool inventions may 2013We just added Science Power and Social Studies Power from World Book and National Geographic Kids to our list of databases. Search widgets can also be found on Databases A-Z as well as select Hot Topic pages.

The World Book additions are great for teachers as well students. Be sure to point them out to your Home Schooling groups and private schools.

National Geographic Kids, contains magazines and ebooks. This resource will be a great to get kids reading during Club Read this summer.

Rocket Language Learning

RL_WEB300x250Rocket Languages is an award winning interactive online language learning system.  Cardholders at Nevada public libraries can learn conversational language skills at their own pace. Languages offered include Spanish, Arabic, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and American Sign Language.  This subscription has been made available with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funds through the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Nevada State Library and Archives.

How Rocket Languages Works

  • Click here to go to Rocket Languages
  • Create an account by entering your information in the New Users section on the left. This includes your full library barcode number, without any spaces.
  • Once you have created an account, the next time you log in as a Returning User. Rocket Languages will remember where you left off so you can continue your lessons.
  • Frequently Asked Questions are available after you log-in by clicking on the Help and Support link near the top right hand side of the screen.

Zinio eMagazines Now Available!

LY5052_Zinio_WebBannerUsers can now download eMagazines from the Library. There are 200 titles to choose from and it works very much like Freegal – download and keep. Direct users to our new Hot Topic – Zinio eMagazines.

I’m also providing a single page handout to get users started which you can download: Zinio Quick Start Guide.


UlrichsWeb Now Available

UlrichsWeb has returned!  If you need to know how to use it please refer to the following:

There are videos, recorded presentations, and documentation available in the Support Center and throughout the Ulrichsweb interface:

Ulrichsweb Getting Started Guide:

Ulrichsweb Videos:

Recorded Ulrichsweb training sessions:

New Databases for 2012-2013

Thanks you to all librarians who took our surveys. Based on your input we have done some swapping of databases and added a couple of new ones.  Please take a look at the following databases, try them out and recommend them to your patrons.

PowerSpeak Languages replaces Auralog

Chilton’s replaces Auto Repair

Nevada Legal Forms (returns)


Early World of Learning (just in time for summer reading)

LegalTrac (no cost) (law journals)

Health Reference Center Academic (no cost) (Nursing journals)

Novelist PK-8 (just in time for summer reading!)

Watch The Librarian’s Brain for more in-depth look at each of these databases in the coming weeks.





Grolier Online is Back!

The State Library added Grolier Online to the group of state databases.  Currently, Gene has only linked under Databases A-Z (letters F-H).  Jon is working with him to get it on the Search by Topic page and Homework Help website.

There are two databases under Grolier Online – New Book of Knowledge and Multimedia Encyclopedia.

The database has a new look to it so be sure to check it out.  Under the Librarians/Educators tab there is a video overview which I recommend you view.


ProQuest Digital Microfilm Newspapers

The ProQuest Digital Microfilm Newspapers is now available on Databases A-Z and on Topic Search under Newspapers and Current Events.

It currently contains the following newspapers :

  • The Las Vegas Review Journal – starting with the year 2009 to the present but runs about 6 months behind.
  • The LA Times – starting with year 2008 to the present but runs about 3 months behind.
  • The New York Times – starting with year 2008 to the present but runs about 2 months behind.

To use :

  1. Select the Confirm Authenication link
  2. Click Select and select a newspaper title
  3. Select a Year
  4. Select a Month
  5. Select a Day – usually it will start loading the newspaper at this point, if not then
  6. Select a Page

Once the paper loads, use the thumbnails at the bottom of the screen to scroll  through the paper.  When you find a page you want to view click on it.  It will appear in the large window.  Hint: To enlarge, click the “Fill Window icon on the tool bar (see below).

Note: as of today(December 14, 2010, it has been noted this database fails using FireFox 3.6.13, when you try to select a thumbnail.  We are investigating the issue with Proquest.

EBSCO Mobile-Test

EBSCO has created a mobile website which they will be launching shortly.  We have a sneak peak at for a short 7-10 day BETA period.  They would like feedback on performance, overall functionality, and cosmetic issues as displayed on your individual SmartPhone/PDA.

To access the BETA version of EBSCOhost Mobile, go to the following URL on your SmartPhone/PDA web browser and select a database(s) to begin:

Please leave your comments here and I will forward them to EBSCO.

Thank You .