EBSCO Training Session

On Monday, May 12th, from 9:30 – 11:30, Joe Ceterski, training specialist for EBSCO databases, is coming to the Ocean State Library offices in Warwick to explore some of the most popular databases that they offer – Academic Search, Master File and Consumer Health Complete. Learn how to best use these powerful resources both for yourself and with patrons. Registration through OLIS is required, and attendees are welcome to bring a laptop or device to follow along!

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.

Novelist Webinars

EBSCO’s Novelist database, which features both full texts of books, and analyses of them, frequently offers webinars on making use of this service. This is a great resource for librarians and educators to know,  and EBSCO offers many webinars every day, along with tutorials whenever you would like. You can access these materials here.

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.

EBSCO, Mango Languages, and World Book Updates

EBSCO’s Points of View blog is doing a great job of relating current events with articles & information, encouraging new dialogues and providing tools to begin conversations and debates.

 

Mango Languages is holding their Mango Star awards, encouraging libraries to produce videos about what may make Mango special. The top entries will receive a donation to the library. Mango is hugely into creative or quirky interpretations, so don’t hold back!

 

Mango also has a couple video promos for their services, potentially to play on library computers when not in use.  They are also available as a video file instead of Youtube. Leave a comment or email us if your organization would be interested in this service and AskRI will set you up.

 

World Book Web has embeddable search widgets for each of their databases. The fact that they all provide a different focus is perfect for more specialized websites, or pages within websites.