Special to GUIDON
The Bruce C. Clarke Library wants to remind everyone that studies show children who are read to and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifelong learning and opportunity.
Where to find a book to accomplish homework assignments is a question that is frequently asked in the Clarke Library.
Many times students will tell the staff that they’ve been directed by their instructors “to use the library,” and “don’t just get your information from the Internet.”
Often, the student erroneously believes that a physical book is the only resource they can use. The Clarke Library can also provide access to many print and audio digital materials.
What makes the library databases especially useful is the materials are kept up to date, can be searched easily, can be cited in bibliographies and are verified to be from published works that are checked for accuracy.
Libraries are always a great place to begin your research when working on a project. Besides having over 180,000 physical books and media, the Clarke Library gives access to thousands of electronic resources to support homework research. A few examples of these resources are e-books, electronic journal and newspaper articles, digital images and reference materials.
These electronic resources are compiled and accessed through library databases. It would be physically impossible for any library to collect and maintain every piece of printed material created, but library databases can connect users with materials far outside the traditional brick and mortar library. Some free databases available for students include language learning materials, such as Mango Languages, Overdrive and RB Digital eBooks.
Also available are U.S. and World History, Interactive Science, National Geographic Virtual Library, Encyclopedia Britannica, Explora for Primary and Secondary Schools, GreenFile, and Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Especially for students, there is Tutor.com/military that provides free live online tutoring, available in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day for military families.
(Editor’s note: Waybright is the Bruce C. Clarke Library’s chief of community services. This article has been abridged. To read it in full, visit myguidon.com/category/community)