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Find more Top 10 E-reference
Our first top 10 list of e-reference sources is made up of resources that were reviewed in Booklist between January 2013 and November 2014. Specialty sources and general reference databases are presented here, as are sources for students of all ages.
Britannica Library. Britannica [http://info.eb.com/products/britannica-public-library-edition/].
The content here is top-notch, pulled from encyclopedias, atlases, magazines, and websites. The combination of a clean, user-friendly interface with high-quality, interactive content makes this product highly recommended for public libraries.
Digital Dictionary of American Regional English. Harvard/Belknap [www.daredictionary.com].
The digital DARE contains all the material from the print edition and is an amazing database. This online dictionary of regionalisms is suitable for academic and large public libraries.
Digital Literacy. Rosen [http://digitalliteracy.rosendigital.com].
This digital literacy and cybercitizenship resource teaches students how to be better consumers of digital information. The narrative content is excellent, as are the impressive, practical hands-on activities. Highly recommended for school and public libraries.
The First World War. Adam Matthew [www.firstworldwar.amdigital.co.uk/].
Made up of three distinct portals—Personal Experiences, Propaganda and Recruitment, and Visual Perspectives and Narratives, this easy-to-navigate resource is immersive and fascinating. Suitable for academic libraries.
Home Improvement Reference Center. EBSCO [www.ebscohost.com/public/home-improvement-reference-center].
Practical information for more than 1,000 home projects abounds. This user-friendly resource would be a great addition to any public library and should be strongly considered by libraries with the relevant patron base of DIYers.
IntroStats Online. Sage, $55 [www.introstatsonline.com].
This interactive, introductory-level statistics textbook, meant for classroom use, represents a new sector of publishing—a fully immersive experience for students and instructors. This interactive type of textbook may well change the way college-level statistics is taught, and librarians will do well to keep informed about this new era in publishing.
National Geographic Virtual Library. Gale [www.gale.cengage.com/ngvl].
This database includes full-text books, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Kids, more than 300 videos, 655 full-color maps and atlases, and 600 images, as well as the complete run of National Geographic, including all images and advertisements from every issue.
ProQuest Research Companion. ProQuest [www.proquest.com].
This new, cloud-based service is almost a hybrid between a discovery service and a database. Meant to prepare high-school and community-college students for university-level research, as well as to help undergrad students produce better papers, this tool will be welcomed by students at every level of learning.
Today’s Science. Infobase [www.infobasepublishing.com].
Most school districts across the U.S. are preparing to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, national K–12 learning expectations. Libraries scrambling to provide adequate resources can look to this database, featuring thousands of links to accessible sources about commonly assigned topics in science-related fields.
World Book eBooks Platform. World Book [www.worldbookonline.com].
World Book has entered the e-book arena with this platform, aimed at students in elementary through high school.The easy navigation and broad range of content at several different reading levels make this platform an interesting possibility for school and public libraries seeking to add e-books for kids to their collections.
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