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Doing research on the web can be frustrating and even scary for small kids. How do you find sites that are safe, reliable and age appropriate? Look no further than your local public library, which provides free online reference books, language learning services, science and news sources. This presentation given at the 2011 In-Home conference, for Illinois home school parents, shows you how to find and use them

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  • Sites on web either free with dubious content or Paid (Google Archives) Or not appropriate for kids
  • Lots of stuff on the “free’ web not really free
  • So many library homeschool resource pages DON”T highlight our magazine sources, children's encyclopedias children’s test prep materials Need to dig for them Work with library, librarians do an orientation for home school families each year in August, Since there are nearby areas with St. Charles mailing addresses that are not in our library district, where families might be living, we also want to mention that no library card is required to use our databases and other materials in the library. For home access, a St. Charles card is needed. Information about cards is also on our site.
  • Databases, research reference 24 hour resources, library on your desktop
  • Easy google like search, or browse by topic
  • Better for slightly older kids Note today in history
  • Callie’s project vs
  • More and more Spanish lagnuage content
  • Can search in English Mention more language learning tools like Manga, Auarlog, PowerSpeak
  • Note web links
  • Can be used to enhance web searching
  • Similar but for very young children, Voices the text, has videos nd learning games (play video)
  • Helps kids use web effectively Mix of articles, encyclopedia and web search
  • Pulls info from news, magazine, labels them by reading level Avoids the problem of a Google web search that lumps everything together.
  • Problem of balance: SIRS researcher, Opposing viewpoints give a mix of views on current topics
  • Similar to SIRS, more graphics and video
  • Primary sources, NY T and Trib
  • Ads still running the day after the accident! Brings homehowmuch slower news was
  • Get alternate viewpoints
  • Can find local figures…
  • Remember all those find a scientist from a different nationality/racial background?
  • Points to websites
  • Library world’s best kept secret
  • How to find these? Search online catalog for israel/palestine
  • Fed search
  • Pulls from encyclopedia, newspapers, and photos
  • Simple activities
  • Choosing books
  • BROWSE BY type of story, limit by age
  • Can describe plot, characters
  • Book lists on certain popular topics
  • In home 2011

    1. 1. Online Gems @ Your Public Library Lesley Williams Head, Adult Public Services Evanston Public Library [email_address]
    2. 2. Why Use Libraries? <ul><li>Libraries know local </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian expertise saves time </li></ul><ul><li>Value added content: you get what you pay for </li></ul>
    3. 5. Homeschooling in Libraries <ul><li>Online math and reading prep </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable online reference books </li></ul><ul><li>Historic magazines and newspapers </li></ul>
    4. 6. Most Library websites offer… <ul><li>Online Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Online Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Online Magazines </li></ul><ul><li>A Children’s Search </li></ul><ul><li>Homework Help </li></ul>
    5. 37. Historic African American Newspapers
    6. 38. Some Specialty offerings… <ul><li>Biography </li></ul><ul><li>Test preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>Photographs </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Fiction ebooks </li></ul>
    7. 48. Corrects Your Test …
    8. 49. Pinpoint Strengths and Weaknesses
    9. 51. Encyclopedia, research articles and video
    10. 52. Nanotechnology in Action
    11. 53. Learning with Animations
    12. 54. High quality images
    13. 63. A Library of Children’s e-books
    14. 64. In English…
    15. 65. … or Chinese!
    16. 77. Teacher Resources
    17. 94. Online Products Used World Book Online Learning Center Grolier Multimedia and Amazing Animals Learning Express Library ProQuest Historical Newspapers Thompson/Gale Biography Resource Center AP Photos Facts on File Issues and Controversies Elibrary Cengage Gale Virtual Reference Library SIRS Discover and Researcher Tumblebooks
    18. 95. Thanks!! Lesley Williams Evanston Public Library Evanston IL 60201 [email_address] 847-448-8646