Tutor.com, EBSCO, and AskRI Class Updates

Upgraded Tutor.com Classroom
Tutor.com is to begin rolling out a new, upgraded classroom through September. The streamlined interface will be powered by HTML5, meaning no plugins, and higher compatibility with any computer or mobile device. Please let us know of any feedback on this or any upgrade or feature of Tutor.com by emailing jeremy@askri.org.

EBSCO’s Consumer Health Complete

AskRI’s EBSCO hub has been expanded to included the Consumer Health Complete database. EBSCO’s Consumer Health Complete is “designed for the everyday consumer of health care information. CHC provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.” This is a great resource to have with the advent of the Affordable Care Act this fall.

Upcoming AskRI Classes

The AskRI class schedule for the fall is now up on OLIS’s website. We’re offering sessions on how librarians can make use of AskRI’s tools and services, as well as special computer education classes. Privacy, new trends in technology, and organization are the subjects we’ll be discussing across the state in the upcoming months. Database specific lectures will be held this fall as well, and will be announced as they are scheduled.

World Book, EBSCO, and Mango Languages updates

First off, World Book Web has updated the interface on their homepage, rearranging their lists into a grid of icons. All of the databases are still there, but the site itself is now easier to navigate from a mobile device and has a more engaging design.

EBSCO’s growing Points of View database has several updates, most notably a new interface, a Guide to Critical Analysis, 61 new topics, and improved navigation. Next week EBSCO is hosting a webinar for educators to learn about these updates, Tuesday, August 13 at 11 am. Register for free here.

Updated Points of View Database Homepage Updated Points of View Database Homepage

Mango Languages is undergoing several major updates this summer. 2 new ESL courses and 12 new foreign language courses are now available, for a total of 17 ESL courses and 60 (!) foreign language courses. The Mango Languages app for Android devices is now formatted for tablets as well, including Galaxy, Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. And Mango Premiere continues to get tons of positive buzz, including a featured spot in the new Language Magazine. They’re also offering up webinars to get a preview of what to expect with Mango Premiere.