New science database available now!

Good news… we now have access to Science Reference Center through POWER Library. Science Reference Center is an Ebsco database so the interface and searching features should be familiar to many of you. This is a great replacement for the county subscription to Science in Context which was cancelled in September 2015.

Description of Science Reference Center:

This e-resource contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other reliable sources. In addition, Science Reference Center includes more than 280,000 high-quality science images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.

Links to the database will soon be added to the Find Articles pages at erec.einetwork.net. In the meantime, you can access the resource from POWER Library. Please remember to add the links to your library database page if your library  manages their own list of databases.

Happy researching!

Sharon (Mt. Lebanon)

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Back to School – EBSCO eBooks

With school back in session, the EBSCO ebook’s non-fictebscoebooksion collection is ready to provide teen and adult students with a wide variety of full-text sources.

Search or browse by category, such as Biography, Education, History, Literature, Philosophy, and Science.

Users are required to create a free account and can check out up to 10 items at one time.

Books can be read online or downloaded and read offline with Adobe Digital Editions.

The unique Notetaking feature allows researchers to take notes on eBooks and save them to their EBSCOhost folder for later viewing.

A quick reference User Guide is available to assist with requirements and set-up.

Rob / Bethel Park

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Auto Repair Reference Center

The cost of repairing your vehicle continues to increase – as does the price of purchasing auto repair manuals for the library collection.  These physical books also tend to be quite heavy and unwieldy.  The EBSCO database, Auto Repair Reference Center , is a terrific resource as it gives your patron online 24/7 access to  repair information and content that has been created by ASE certified technicians.  The step-by-step procedures are written specifically for the do-it-yourselfer, but comprehensive enough for professional technicians.

Every major manufacturer for domestic and imported vehicles is represented including auto repair manuals for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1945. New repair procedures/updates are added continuously, and technical service bulletins are added on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Content includes:

•    Coverage of more than 37,000 vehicles from 1945 to present

•    Millions of drawings and step-by-step photographs

•    Approximately 110,000 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer

•    Over 180,000 enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing – (for those who can read schematics – I applaud you!)

•    Specifications & maintenance schedules

•    Labor Time Guide & Estimator

•   Video overviews of auto systems with AutoIQ – (how cool is this?!)

•    Quick Tips (a complete guide to vehicle ownership & maintenance)

•    Diagnostic information

Debi

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Visual Search Feature in GreenFILE

Database search results can be overwhelming.  Especially when users are searching a broad topic.  A search for solar power in EBSCO’s GreenFILE database returned a list of 6,275 results.

GreenFILE Basic Search Results

Thankfully, there is a feature in the left-hand sidebar which allows users to filter by subject to refine their search.  However, users may find that once they choose a subject it is not what they were looking for and must backtrack!

GreenFILE Visual Search


GreenFILE’s visual search feature cuts down on backtracking and makes it easier for users to filter their search results.  In visual search, the results are immediately broken down into subject categories.  This clean display makes it easy for users to browse article titles and their related subject headings in order to choose the best subject filter, or filters.

In visual search, the resulting squares are only big enough to display the article title (or a portion of it) and the publication date.  Clicking on a square lets users view the article title, date, journal, author, and abstract without navigating away from the search results page (pictured below)!

-Kelly R, Sewickley Public Library of the Quaker Valley School District

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