March 20, 2013

 

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Online resources increasing mobile accessibility

Increased classroom and personal use of Android and Apple devices means using them for instruction and finding information. Do State Library online resources work on these devices? The answer is “mostly yes.”

On your e-device, find the State Library’s many resources the same way you always have by visiting the State Library homepage and clicking on online resources. From there, select the resource you need. If your device is using wifi from a public, school or academic library, you should have direct access. If not, use your barcode and password.

Proquest, SIRS Discoverer and SIRS Issues Researcher allow you to search, read journal articles, and cite them. The SIRS Issues Researcher read aloud feature doesn’t work on a mobile platform, but you can download the mp3 and listen to the article on your device.

You can use the practice exams, self-paced courses and ebooks in Learning Express with no problems. World Book is moving toward a tablet-friendly interface. While World Book articles are available on all the devices; special features like videos, sound and read aloud are not. World Book has two free iPad apps designed for younger students. World Book World of Animals (lite) features 20 different animals, games, sounds, compare features and more. World Book This Day in History lets you see selected events for a day in history, with short articles, speeches and pictures.

On Android, iPhone/ iTouch and Blackberry devices, World Book Student and World Book Advanced have mobile pages that you can select and view after logging into the World Book homepage via the State Library list of online resources. View the entire article, including pictures and maps.

Use State Library e-resources on your mobile device. And if a feature doesn’t work, wait awhile and the vendors will catch up! If you have questions, ask your librarian or contact the State Library Electronic Resources Coordinators, Julie Erickson or Jane Healy.

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