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What is eLibrary? How do I access eLibrary? How do I perform a basic search in eLibrary? What is a popular search? How do I search by topic? How do I perform more advanced searches in eLibrary? How do I search for state and national standards and find resources based upon them? How do I view items in a particular publication? How do I find reference materials? What should I know about the results page? What is important about the eLibrary citation? What is important about the full-text screen? What is My List and how do I use it? What are Timelines and how do I use them? Page 2 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11

NOTE: Much of the content has been taken directly from eLibrary help screens. Last Updated: June 2009

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What is eLibrary?

eLibrary® is the perfect resource for delivering full-text and multimedia reference essentials. The easy-to-use interface makes research easy. Students find the answers they need from more than 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts--plus thousands of maps, pictures, educator-approved websites from Homework Central®, and top-quality multimedia (audio/video) files. Users can sort their results by relevance, date, file size, Lexile or reading level, publication, and source, while librarians and educators can find content that's directly linked to state and national teaching standards. Subjects: General Login Required: No Full Text: Yes Provider: First Search

How do I access eLibrary?

1. Go to the homepage of the WSC Library at http://academic.wsc.edu/ conn_library/ and select See full electronic database list under "Find Scholarly Journal Articles." 2. Scroll for the direct link to eLibrary.

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How do I perform a basic search in eLibrary?

You can retrieve results from a variety of media sources with eLibrary's search functionality. Simply type in a word or phrase in the search box, then click SEARCH to begin. By clicking on a content-type icon you can toggle a specific check box to either include or exclude the corresponding content type from your search. The Check All option allows you to search through all the source types, while Clear All will allow you to clear all the options and select the specific media or publication source you need. For example, if you want a picture of a polar bear, turn off all source types except Pictures before you start the search. Natural Language Search - With the Natural Language Search option you can enter a full sentence or phrase to receive relevance-ranked results. Both "distance of the earth from the sun" or a question: "What is the distance of the earth from the Sun?" will work. Place your search terms in context instead of using a single word for the best results. Boolean Search - The Boolean Search option allows you to enter multiple key words, or combine words and phrases to precisely target your search. The Boolean operators, AND, OR, and AND NOT are the tools that give you such precise control.

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What is a popular search?

The popular searches link will open a small window in the user's browser containing links to the 10 most popular search strings generated by eLibrary users for the past week. Clicking one of the hyperlinks in the popular searches window initiates a basic eLibrary search on the chosen topic. The 'x' button in the right corner of the window closes the popular searches window

How do I search by topic?

Clicking the Topics button takes the user to the search/browse topics page. Here the user can enter a topic name into the search field or browse the list of topics and choose one. Clicking on a topic link drills down in the topic hierarchy where the user can access sub-topics.

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How do I perform more advanced searches in eLibrary?

Advanced search allows a user to perform a detailed source search based on more strictly defined parameters. By using the Advanced Search features, you can narrow any search by publication date, article title, article language, publisher, author or reading level, with or without entering search text. Note that searching with too little detail can flood you with results that you don't need. On the other hand, a search that's too specific may cut out information you do need. 1. Check the box that reads "Include newspaper articles older than 90 days" if you want to see those in your search results. 2. Check the box that reads "Search within scholarly journals only" if you want to exclude all media other than scholarly journals. 3. Select the date range you wish to conduct your search in. 4. You may choose to search within a specific topic only by clicking the hypertext to the right of the topic field. This will open the topic selection window where you will click the radio button that corresponds to the topic of your choice. 5. Users can also filter document results to specific language, input all or a partial document title or search by author or publication name. 6. Select a reading level from the drop-down or enter a Lexile number into the field to further narrow your search. 7. Click the"Search National and State Standards" hypertext to launch the ProQuest State and National Standards tool.

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How do I search for state and national teaching standards and find resources based upon them?

eLibrary provides state and national standards and located aligned resources, cutting lesson planning time and ensuring that library resources correlate directly to learning benchmarks. 1. To access these standards, select the link from the bottom of the eLibrary Advanced Search screen. 2. Select the State or National Standard you wish to view. 3. Drill down to see details on each standard. 4. Select See Resources to access a topic link for standard aligned resources in eLibrary. 5. Select View results to see results based on that topic/standard.

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How do I view items in a particular publication?

The Publication button takes the user to the publication browse page where a user can enter a specific publication and search or browse all available publications alphabetically.

How do I find reference materials?

Clicking the Reference button on the eLibrary home screen will display the reference search area. Here users can enter keywords into the search field. The returned results will be from reference sources only.

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What should I know about the results page?

1. eLibrary features special pages that focus on specific content related to topics that are often searched on. Special pages can be about a person, place or event and contain content hand-picked and organized by the ProQuest editorial staff. If there is a special page available for the topic you are searching it will be displayed in a window above your regular search results as shown in the illustration below. Special pages can be expanded, collapsed or closed by using the toggle buttons in the upper corner of the page. 2. A list of citations sorted by keyword is provided. 3. Use the drop-down menu on the left to resort by Date, Size, Reading Level, Title, or Publication. 4. You can bring a particular type of source such as newspapers, pictures, magazines, maps, books, audio/video, websites, and transcripts to the top of the list by clicking on the link in the results type box. 5. The Date Range box indicates the scope of the material which can be changed by using the links provided below. 6. Links to reference materials are also provided.

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What is important about the eLibrary citation?

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Source Icon Title of document with link to Full Text, Source or Publication & Author Date of Publication Reading Level Image Icon Mouse-over preview

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What is important about the full-text screen?

When you select the title of a document, you are directed to the full citation that includes the full-text of the document. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Title, Author, Source, Date Abstract & Full-text of Document Email & Print Options Link to MLA Citation Translate document Expanded details about document Link to PDF copy of document Related searches/topics

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What is My List and how do I use it?

Click the My List hyperlink to view content that you have saved to your My List throughout your eLibrary session. · The items you have selected while logged into eLibrary will appear in a numbered list. Users can permanently save the new list created by typing a file name into the "save as new list" field on the left margin, and clicking save. Items can also be added to an existing My List by choosing that list from the drop-down box and clicking the corresponding save button. Users can easily work between their searches and their My List by clicking the hyperlink Return to most recent search result shown below. Remember that if you logout before you save your My List your changes will be lost.

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What are Timelines and how do I use them?

Click the Timelines button to access the timeline area of eLibrary. · · From the timelines page, users can create new timelines or search existing timelines via the interface below. Existing timelines can be browsed and sorted by clicking a number or letter link under the timeline search fields. If you have not created an eLibrary account, you will have to do so in order to create a timeline. To create a time: o Click on the create timeline hyperlink. o Fill in the fields with the appropriate information and click continue. o After clicking continue you will see a form where you can create a specific event for your timeline. Fill in the details for your specific event and click "create" in order to save that item onto your timeline. o Repeat until all of your timeline items are created. o You may edit or delete timeline items by clicking the appropriate edit or delete buttons. o Saving your timeline is done by clicking the save button. o You may also preview your timeline by clicking the preview button.

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