Say hello to Explora!

Hello, Explora!

By January, Explora will replace Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center. The three new interfaces Schools – Explora for Primary Schools, Explora for Secondary Schools and Explora for Public Schools – use the same great EBSCO databases you’ve come to enjoy, just displayed in a new and improved interface. But why wait? You can stat using Explora on today!

Designed with students and educators in mind, Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework. A far better alternative to websites and search engines, Explora provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books. Available on school computers and from mobile devices, Explora offers all of the following:

  • High-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers, recognized by library professionals, and selected for use in a school environment
  • Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results, including primary source documents, news articles, and Associated Press videos
  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
  • Topic Overviews that provide students with a starting point for research
  • Text-to-speech for HTML articles to assist struggling readers or those learning English
  • Numeric reading-level indicators to help students and teachers find grade-appropriate articles
  • No ads or pop-up windows
  • COPPA compliancy, meaning EBSCO does not ask for or require personal information to use its databases
  • Password-protected personal folders that allow students to save search results in a secure and organized holding area
  • Citation help, including the ability to export citation information to online bibliography generators such as EasyBib and NoodleTools will see you in September!

For the month of August, is taking a summer break. It will return in September – just in time for back to school! The service will be available up through July 31.

New Ask-a-Librarian Hours

There’s been a slight change in the open hours to chat with a librarian on We’re still offering 60 hours a week of reference goodness! The new hours are:
Monday & Wednesday: 8:30am EST – 8:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 8:30am EST – 5:30pm

As always, patrons can email an librarian anytime at:

Welcome Stephanie!

We are excited to announce that Stephanie Knott has joined the reference team! Please join us in welcoming Stephanie as another expert reference librarian answering all of your and your patron’s burning questions!

It’s All About You! (and Lynda)

Need to refresh your skills or learn some new tech stuff? Did you know that AskRI “checks out” Lynda.Com licenses to staff at RI public libraries and schools? Lynda.Com provides self-paced online instructional courses in software, design, business and more. Fill out our Lynda sign-up form to get your two-week license (renewable) today! First come, first served.

Email Stacie at webinar, LearningExpress updates, and new chat hours

Register to attend (or receive the archived video of) our most popular webinar to get a re-fresher on basic techniques for promoting and using in your community and learn about new, creative ways other libraries are using at Back to School Time! This webinar occurs several times throughout July and August. Please register for the date and time that works best for you. 

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We've archived the recent webinars from Mango Languages and EBSCO on Click here to view anytime.

Check out the latest updates from LearningExpress Library!

New Practice Tests 
Eight (8) complete MCAT® practice tests are now available in the College Center to help students prepare for the new MCAT® 2015 test.

New eBooks 
We’ve added a new series that focusses on workplace skills. It includes Mastering Workplace Skills: Math Fundamentals, Mastering Workplace Skills: Grammar Fundamentals, and Mastering Workplace Skills: Writing Fundamentals. There are also new GED® test preparation eBooks in English and Spanish, a new edition ofCalifornia Police Officer Exam, and a new “501” eBook—501 Questions to Master Everyday Grammar and Writing.

New Common Core Resources
Thirteen (13) new practice tests and a new tutorial are the latest additions to the Common Core State Standards resources. They feature technology-enhanced item types and interactivity, and are completely aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

MARC Records
MARC Records are available to help your patrons easily discover LearningExpress resources! Download and update your custom MARC Records today! New files will be available in mid-July. Access them through the “Librarian Resources” link on your LearningExpress Library homepage.

More Coming Soon!
New and revised resources will be added over the next two quarters for the PCAT®, PSAT/NMSQT*, AP*, ACT®, and the new 2016 SAT* test.

New Ask-a-Librarian Chat Hours:

A slight change in reference hours started this week on

Monday & Wednesday: 8:30am – 8:30pm 
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 8:30am - 5:30pm