Vermont Online Library: introduction

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  • The Vermont Online Library is a series of linked databases. The Vermont Department of Libraries and a committee of librarians from public libraries, colleges and schools chose the individual Gale databases that make up the Vermont Online Library.
  • Vermont Online Library: introduction

    1. 1. Introduction to the Vermont Online Library Vermont Department of Libraries Amy Howlett Regional Consultant December 2007
    2. 2. The Vermont Online Library <ul><li>Use in the library </li></ul><ul><li>Use anywhere you have the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Find articles, reference books, and medical information </li></ul>
    3. 3. Use http://www.vtonlinelib.org to find the website for your library
    4. 4. Log on from home or work with the web address and password
    5. 5. Type your key words into the Search Box on the left, click Search, and…
    6. 6. Results appear in separate folders by type (magazines, books, news)
    7. 8. Looking at results <ul><li>Each folder has results listed from most recent to older </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the article to read it </li></ul><ul><li>Use the red TOOLS to work with the individual article </li></ul>
    8. 10. E-mail one item, a list of many, or the item citations
    9. 11. Search options <ul><li>Several different ways to search </li></ul><ul><li>All offer the Tools to send or print results </li></ul><ul><li>Practice to become a better searcher </li></ul><ul><li>Use HELP for assistance any time </li></ul>
    10. 12. Basic Search: use keywords to find results. Good for proper names
    11. 13. Subject Search uses subject instead of key word. Often a better overview
    12. 14. Publication Search takes you to the magazine or newspaper to start
    13. 15. Publication search for Cleveland
    14. 16. Advanced Search = many options for linking search concepts
    15. 17. Don’t forget HELP <ul><li>HELP has excellent support for PowerSearch Options which explains much more fully how each search works </li></ul><ul><li>Use HELP to find out about Boolean searching and wildcards </li></ul>
    16. 18. We’ve seen the databases linked for quick cross searching
    17. 19. Other Vermont Online Library options… <ul><li>Use the checkbox to indicate only the databases you want. Custom Newspapers for over 100 national and international newspapers …. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose resources for students like Junior-K12 </li></ul><ul><li>Look for medical information in the Health and Wellness Resources Center </li></ul>
    18. 20. Health and Wellness Resources Center <ul><li>Separate database, not cross searchable </li></ul><ul><li>Many medical reference books </li></ul><ul><li>Many suggested links to other resources and related medical terms </li></ul><ul><li>A quick overview </li></ul><ul><li>Includes alternative medicine resources </li></ul>
    19. 21. Similar search box, different layout
    20. 22. Search results in folders again, reference, magazines, pharmacy…
    21. 23. Related searches on the left
    22. 24. A separate resource for alternative health solutions, with its own tab
    23. 25. Click on an article to read it
    24. 26. E-mail or print Tool in the article <ul><li>Print icon to print the article </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail to send it </li></ul>
    25. 27. “Guided Tour” really helps
    26. 28. The purpose of the Vermont Online Library… <ul><li>to ensure statewide, online access for all students and citizens to a core set of full-text information resources through the licensing of online/electronic information database products. </li></ul>
    27. 29. <ul><li>This program is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency, through the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Vermont Department of Libraries. </li></ul>

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