ACLA currently subscribes to five of the Gale “In Context” databases. They are: Biography in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Science in Context, U.S. History in Context, and World History in Context. Each database has some pretty amazing features, including:
- Read Speaker text-to-speech technology–a great option for struggling readers and the visually impaired.
- Document translation–translates any document into French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Italian, Portuguese, simplified Chinese, and Korean.
- Customizable RSS feeds–allows information to be automatically delivered to users.
- Media-rich content–images, audio, video, maps and interactive resources.
- Web 2.0 sharing–allows linking through hundreds of popular social networks and bookmarking tools.
- Citation tools mapped to the most current MLA and APA standards.
- Fact boxes provide a snapshot summary of key information for quick review.
- Interactive Google maps put research in an important geographical context.
- Infomark functionality allows users to copy, bookmark, or email a persistent URL of nearly every page — giving them the ability to create and share reading lists, bibliographies, course packs and more.
- Content Level Indicators and lexile scoring to find resources suited to different reading abilities.
Mary Lee Hart
Northland Public Library