Get To Know Udemy Webinar – April 22, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

When: Apr 22, 2020 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Get to Know Gale Presents Udemy!

Description: AskRI recently added Gale Presents: Udemy to their collection of resources! Gale Presents: Udemy is an online learning platform for users who want to improve work-related skills or further develop a personal interest. Users can search through more than 4,000 continuously updated, on-demand video courses across 75 categories in business, technology, design, and more. All courses are taught by world-class instructors and offer a tailor-made learning experience for those who want to learn new technologies and skills to stay competitive in a changing workforce. During this webinar, we’ll share how users can find courses and sign-up to learn as well as ways to promote this resource with your patrons! This session will be recorded for those who can’t attend.

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World Book moves to HTTPS

World Book has joined the growing ranks of sites that now use HTTPS to securely deliver web content. Due to the change from HTTP to HTTPS the URL used to geolocate users in Rhode Island has changed. This will take effect on March 1, 2018. The new URL is:

If you offer a link to World Book on your website please change to the above URL.

Please report any authentication issues to us through our tech support form at:

World Book Workshop and News

AskRI and World Book Workshops in April

On April 12th and World Book will be holding a workshop at the Cranston Public Library. This workshop is designed for parents, teachers, and librarians who work with young learners and want a deeper understanding of World Books online tools. The workshop will cover World Book’s online products, research tips and tricks and, an overview of the redesigned interface for World Book Student. The workshop will start at 2:30 pm and will run approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. If you plan on attending please register using the form below.

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World Book Google Classroom Integration

Do you and your students use Google Classroom and World Book’s online databases? If so integrating World Book content into Google Classroom just got a lot easier.

World Book has upgraded their suite of products to allow for easy sharing of any article to your google classroom account. Simply locate the Share option found under Tools and Settings menu. In the “Share” menu select Google Classroom. You will be redirected to a login for your Google Classroom account.

Screenshot of World Book Toolbar
You can find the link to share an article to Google Classroom under the “Share” option.

To read more about enchancements to World Book’s online products click here.

World Book introduces eBook downloads in the new eBooks app

World Book has recently released a new version of their eBooks app. The app is currently available for Apple (iPhone 6 and above, as well as iPad) and Android devices. Rather than being an update of the previous version of the World Book eBooks app, the new app has been conceived and developed as a replacement and requires you to download it separately.

One of the biggest enhancements the new app provides is the ability to download books from your library to your mobile phone or tablet. This now makes your World Book eBooks library available to you even with limited internet or cellular access.  To access your downloaded books simply click the menu icon and then “Show Downloaded”.


World Book eBooks - Downloaded content access
Downloaded eBooks makes your library content available to you even with limited connectivity.

The app also rolls in a number of features that extend the content of each book, including highlighting and note taking capabilities, interactive content such as videos and audio, interactive games, and the ability to draw on the screen using your finger of a stylus.


World book app - drawing on screen
World Books drawing on-screen feature.
World Book Highlighting
Highlighting capabilities, allowing you to highlight text for later reference.

Learn more about the app from World Book here.




Reference USA Webcasts

Now that AskRI features ReferenceUSA through EBSCO, we can help you with using this powerful business research tool! RefUSA put up a schedule of online courses and webcasts for the spring. Each day of the week offers a different topic, so you’ll have plenty of chances to catch all the information that you want. access, and RIPTA bus campaign & contest Now Available through is pleased to announce the availability of for Rhode Island library staff! is a leading provider of online courses and tutorials, producing high-quality online instructional videos for learning a large range of topics including business, web-design, computer programming, and computer software (including Microsoft Office, Photoshop and more). Rhode Island library staff can fill out an application on (under the Librarian Center in the Librarians & Educators tab). Once approved and the license is issued, the applicant is granted two weeks of access to You will receive a confirmation email and instructions on how to access courses. Use of the services of through AskRI are reserved for Rhode Island library staff. is made available on in partnership with Ocean State Libraries.  If you work in a Rhode Island public library, you may also request access to through Ocean State Libraries.

AskRI buses
This fall, keep your eyes open for buses promoting the services of! We’ll be running a campaign on RIPTA buses throughout the state through the months of September and October. To build even more excitement, AskRI is hosting a contest on our Facebook page – the first three people to post a picture of one of these buses with our ads will win some of our finest AskRI giveaways, like a mug and a T-shirt!

AskRI bus, EBSCO, and AskRI Class Updates

Upgraded Classroom 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 by emailing

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.