Overdrive has the holidays all wrapped up!

Need a cozy holiday mystery? How about the perfect cookie recipe? Something inspirational to listen to while you fight holiday traffic? Overdrive has your holidays all wrapped up!

Feel free to follow & share these links to our special curated list for the perfect holiday experience, brought to you by Overdrive.


Heather Auman
Western Allegheny Community Library


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Now available – eMagazines on OverDrive!

Take a look at our new eMagazine collection on OverDrive! Checkouts are simple – just like checking out an eBook or eAudioBook, and magazines are always available so there is never a wait to read the latest issue!

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Below are a few tips to share with patrons:

  • Since we our subscription just started, we only have the most recent issues available. As new issues are released, they will be added to our collection.
  • All eMagazines are always available.
  • Patrons can check out as many eMagazines as they would like, and eMagazine checkouts do not count towards a patron’s checkout limit of 20 titles at a time.
  • While eMagazines are not renewable, there are no holds so eMagazines are always available.
  • After downloading an eMagazine, patrons can keep them until the due date just like other OverDrive content. As with eBooks and eAudiobooks, eMagazines remain checked out to a patron until the patron either manually returns it or the loan period expires.

Please email me with questions.

~ Hilary Lewis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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PowerSearch & The Economist

One of the state resources is PowerSearch, which enables one-stop searching of many Gale databases.  It shows results from magazines, news sources, academic journals, and more.

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While searching for slightly varied terms can yield wildly different results, it is nice to be able to start in one place.  Don’t hesitate to tweak your search terms repeatedly.

One publication that is indexed is The Economist.  While it’s certainly not a graphic-friendly browsing experience, it is one way to read articles, now that RB Digital is going away as a County resource.  Currently, neither Flipster or OverDrive offer The Economist.


Articles from The Economist can also be found in Gale’s General OneFile and Infotrac Newsstand.

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In any of these Gale databases, on the main screen, under the search box is a button for Publication Search.  (Alternately, you can choose the Advanced Search icon, then choose the Publication Search tab).  Within Publication Search, you can click the link to show a list of All publications in that database or just type your targeted name in the search box.  With just a few more clicks, you will be at a list of issues, then a list of articles.


Christy, Carnegie Library of McKeesport

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Get Informed with GREENR!


Do you wish you knew more about what is going on with the fires in California? Well now thanks to the PA POWER Library we have a great resource to help us! GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) is one of the new databases brought to us by the state. GREENR has news, background information, video, primary source documents, and statistics on energy systems, healthcare, climate change, and economic development (just to name a few).


GREENR grants your patrons the ability to browse interdisciplinary research from 15 different fields of study all in one sitting. Your patrons can simply choose to watch the Featured Video right on the main page or search for a specific case study on greenhouse gas emissions.

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My favorite aspect from GREENR is the interactive map on the home page. You can choose an area of the world and take a look at some quick facts about that area’s environment. You can learn things like the ecological footprint, number of threatened species, and emissions of Co2 for example. For academic purposes though I highly recommend searching through the academic journals and news offered on the main page.

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Keep both yourself and your patrons informed with GREENR from Gale!

~ Adrianne Krings, Northland Public Library

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