Posts Tagged ‘online’

Now more local newspaper articles online!

We have recently added the New Orleans Advocate newspaper and Times-Picayune web-only content to our America’s News subscription. The New Orleans Advocate articles are often unique and don’t always appear in the Baton Rouge Advocate, which was always included in our America’s News subscription.  Give it a try to locate more local information!

Check Out CustomGuide

Learning a new application? One of my library colleagues recently showed me CustomGuide. CustomGuide has free reference cards that you can download or print for Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft applications. For example, they have cards for PowerPoint 1997 through 2007. My favorite feature is the keystroke shortcuts.

Check out the website here:

-Malia Willey, Information Literacy/ Learning Commons Librarian

Learning Express Library has practice tests

The Monroe Library added the Learning Express Library during the summer of 2008. It’s not a database of books or articles, but a service with lots of practice tests and ebooks for improving performance on academic and professional tests. Includes practice exams for GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and TOEFL. Also mathematics, reading, and other skill improvement tutorials. This service requires registration. Ask questions at the Learning Commons Desk in person or by telephone at 504-864-7111.

World Book now online!

During the summer of 2008 we were able to add the World Book Online family to our research databases. This service has browsable and searchable full text of the World Book encyclopedia. It includes a dictionary, an atlas and special features, like Explore Louisiana. Links at the bottom of the page to World Book Discover (for secondary school students), Online Reference Center, World Book Kids, and the Spanish and French World Books.  Ask questions at the Learning Commons Desk in person or by telephone at 504-864-7111.

Academic Search Complete has changed

The EBSCOhost company has just made a major update to their user interface. That’s important because we get 56 databases from them – more than any other company! They produce important titles like Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete. They’ve made the initial page more Google-like, with a simple search box. The search results look different, too. There are many ways to focus your search, by year, type of publication, and other ways. Old features are still there; look at the top of the page and the sides for familiar functions. A great overview is available at Try it and let us know what you think at 504-864-7111. — Jim Hobbs,, 504-864-7126