INFOTRAC Newsstand Offers Local Newspapers!

The INFOTRAC Newsstand database offers full-text coverage of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Users can now limit their searches in a variety of ways that the newspapers websites do not offer.

To limit to these local papers, follow the steps below:Picture1

1. Go to the INFOTRAC Newsstand database
2. Click on the Advanced Search option
3. Type the word Pittsburgh into the “by publication title” field and click on the source you would like to search after it pops up in the drop-down menu.

 NOTE: you CANNOT type the name of the newspaper, you MUST click and select the newspaper title when it appears. The search will yield zero results if you type it in manually.


INFOTRAC Newsstand has index and full-text coverage for the Post-Gazette from April 25th 2000 to the present and for the Tribune-Review from November 28th 2006 to the present.

Rob (Bethel Park)

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There’s a new way to answer that age-old question: what do library users want?

We’ve just recently signed up for a free service that OverDrive provides called Recommend to Library. But don’t worry–it’s not an open invitation to request all the titles we can’t provide because they’re simply not available. Rather it’s a way to search the entire list of titles offered by OverDrive, including titles not currently available in our collection.

One way to see what OverDrive offers that we don’t currently own is to click on the Additional Titles radio button when you do a simple search.

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Another way to get there is to go the Advanced Search page on OverDrive. As you can see at the bottom of the image below, users can choose to search “Additional titles” here as well.

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In either case, what comes up will be a list of titles that match the search criteria. The first titles that appear will be those that we currently own, followed by those that we don’t.  If one (or more) of the latter is of interest, searchers can click the Recommend button.

For those with plenty of time on their hands and no particular authors or subjects in mind it’s also possible to browse the entire list of non-owned titles.  When users do a search of the library collection they’ll see this link at the bottom of their search results.

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One thing that might be a little confusing is that recommendations can’t be made by casual browsers.  They can only be made after signing in to OverDrive.  On the bright side, this means that users can keep track of the titles they’ve recommended in the “My Account” section of OverDrive.

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When the recommendation is made, users are prompted to check what action they’d like to have taken.  They can ask to be notified by email or to have the title put on hold for them–or both–if the library purchases the title in question.  They’ll also be required to confirm their recommendation.  For now recommendations are limited to 5 per day per person.

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So, what happens next? OverDrive creates and sends lists of recommended titles regularly for consideration by selectors.  Titles are added when they meet the selection criteria and funds permit.

Happy Searching!

Lisa D. (CLP)

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Takeaways from the Literature and Biography Electronic Resource Workshop

Top Take-Aways from the Literature and Biography Electronic Resources Workshop on  November 13th:

1. Novelist K-8 contains the same content as Novelist with a different interface.

2. Grab and Go Book Lists are a handy tool for helping students working on a book report on a book from a particular genre. For example, you can find a list with books on Medieval Fiction for students in grades 6-8.

3. Novelist provides a link directly in the book record page that checks our Catalog for the item.

4. Featured bestseller related book suggestions might help appease a patron that does not want to wait a month to get a copy of the latest release.

5. Series in Novelist are listed in the order the author intended them to be read, not just by publication date.

6. Articles are easily emailed or download from the Literature Resource Center or Biography inContext with a click of a button.

7. Literature Resource Center includes the full text of the Dictionary of Literary Biography as well as 900 other publications.

8. Biography inContext allows users to search by a person’s profession. One of the professions listed in “Werewolf.”

9. Biography inContext does not include biographies of fictional characters like Katniss Everdeen.

Thanks to Pamela from Ebsco and Stacey from Gale who presented this valuable information!


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November 2012 Database Training

The final database training of 2012 will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 1:00-3:00 at Brentwood Public Library. This 2 hour eResource workshop will focus on literature and biography databases. Specialists from Gale and EBSCO will focus on Literature Resource Center, Biography in Context, Novelist, and other databases available to library users. The workshop will allow staff to become more familiar with when to use these resources and how to get the most out of them.

Registration is required at and the class offers 2 CE credits. Please note that the program will be cancelled if at least 15 people have not registered. For more information, please call Dustin Shilling, Northern Tier Library Director, at 724-449-2665.

Debi Ryder

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