We Are losing More Electronic Resources


Many companies have had to cut back on services that are offered to the public because of budget constraints. The Library is also experiencing challenges in regards to services that we offer.

Many online resources will no longer be available, so we will try and offer alternative electronic resources or other sources that may contain the same of similar information. Please remember, we are trying to provide the best service in times of a down economy and we appreciate your understanding.

Starting July 1, 2010, the following resources will no longer be available through the library’s electronic resources;

Oxford English Dictionary Online
Oxford Reference Online
Ulrich Periodicals Directory

Oxford English Dictionary Online – As an alternative to this source, you can use many of the dictionaries that are available at no charge on the Internet. Here are some that we recommend;

  • Merriam Webster Online Dictionary- Free online version of the Merriam-Webster English dictionary, with searchable dictionary definitions, thesaurus, and a student dictionary for kids.

Oxford Reference Online – Another great source to use that will give you as much information as this one is Gale Virtual Reference Library. This full-text electronic resource  contains ebooks of encyclopedias, almanacs and specialized reference sources across a variety of subjects.

This electronic resource provides many ways in which you can search for information. These include, the basic search, the subject guide search, the advanced search and the publication search.

Basic Search – Simply enter a tile in the search box and you will get a results list.

Subject Guide Search – Enter a subject in the search box and use any of the limiters such as publication date, publication title or document type to narrow your results.

Advanced Search – The Advanced search feature allows you to use the Boolean operators, and, not and or to narrow your results. You can also narrow your results list by the limiters provided, which include publication title, publication date, subject area and target audience.

Publication Search – Simply click on a subject from the list. You can expand the results list by clicking on the plus or minus sign.


Ulrich Periodicals Directory – Unfortunately, there is no alternative to using this electronic resource. We have discovered that this electronic resource is available at the University of Las Vegas-Nevada. This resource can only be accessed in person at the Lied Library.

As you can see, there are still electronic resources that will contain information to help in your research. Do you find the replacement electronic resource fun and easy to use? Why or why not?

We’re Losing More Databases!


Many companies have had to cut back on services that are offered to the public because of budget constraints. The Library is also experiencing challenges in regards to services that we offer. In the near future, you will begin to notice that we have made several changes to our electronic resources. Many sources will no longer be available, so we will try and offer alternative electronic resources or other sources that may contain the same of similar information. Please remember, we are trying to provide the best service in times of a down economy and we appreciate your understanding.

After June, 2010, the following resources will no longer be available through the library’s electronic resources;

1. Grolier Online
2. Grove Encyclopedia of Art
3. Grove Encyclopedia of Music

1. Grolier Online – This electronic resource contained many encyclopedias that could be searched all at once. Instead, you can try World Book. World Book allows you to Search all encyclopedia articles, multimedia, periodical, e-book, and primary source databases in a single search, or use our image search to focus on the site’s multimedia collection. You can find all the information you need on any research topic,

You can search the following categories in World Book Info Finder to find information;

  • World Newspapers
  • World Book Explorers
  • Current Events
  • Research Tools
  • Science Projects
  • Biography Center

You can find information using the following search methods;

  • Search box
  • A-Z
  • By subject
  • Images and Videos
  • Dictionary
  • Advanced Search

2.Grove Encyclopedia of Art – We have no electronic resource that you can use instead of this one, but we have an entire “Hot Topic” that will help with many of your art needs. The “Hot Topics” is a place where you can find websites, books, databases and much more. Each “Hot Topic” is devoted to one subject area.

To find the Hot Topics, follow these simple instructions;

  1. Go to our homepage, lvccld.org
  2. Click on Find Information
  3. Click on Hot Topics
  4. Under General Reference, click on Art

3. Grove Encyclopedia of Music – There are a few resources to use to get information on music.

For Composers –  Biography Resource Center is the best place if you need information on any composers. You can either enter the name in the search box, or you can use the Biographical Facts Search and find various composers by using the Occupation limiter.

For Music History –  Student Research Center covers a broad range of general topics designed to assist middle school and high school students. Includes a dictionary, an encyclopedia, with the ability to search by topic.

As you can see, there are still electronic resources that will contain information to help in your research. Do you find this electronic resource fun and easy to use? Why or why not?

Databases to be cut!


Many companies have had to cut back on services that are offered to the public because of budget constraints. The Library is also experiencing challenges in regards to services that we offer. In the near future, you will begin to notice that we have made several changes to our electronic resources.

Many sources will no longer be available, so we will try and offer alternative electronic resources or other sources that may contain the same of similar information. Please remember, we are trying to provide the best service in times of a down economy and we appreciate your understanding.

After June, 2010, the following resources will no longer be available through the library’s electronic resources;

  1. College Source
  2. Commentary
  3. Credo Reference

We are sure you can find what you are looking for in the suggested electronic resources or other sources, so give them a try. Remember, in order to use our electronic resources from home, you must be a resident of the Las Vegas taxing district with a valid library card number and pin. If not, you can always use these at any of our libraries.

1. As an alternative to American Indian History and Culture, try The Biography Resource Center if you need biographies on Native Americans. Just use the biographical facts tab and then use as many limiters as possible, such as ethnicity, gender, occupation and more.
2. Use Nevada Career and Information Systems (NCIS) as an alternative to College Source. NCIS has all the colleges in each state. You can find the following information in NCIS under the Education and Training tab;

  • Programs of Study
  • Undergraduate School Sort
  • Graduate School Sort
  • U.S. Schools
  • Apprenticeships
  • Paying for School
  • Financial Aid Sort
  • Practical Learning Activities
3. No more Commentary, but you can find lots of information in Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints has articles featuring the latest pros and cons for many subject areas. You can enter a search term in the search box or simply select from the list provided. How simple is that?
4. Credo Reference is also disappearing soon, but you can use Student Research Center for all your research needs. The Student Research Center covers a broad range of general topics designed to assist middle school and high school students. Includes a dictionary, an encyclopedia, with the ability to search by topic.

As you can see, there are still electronic resources that will contain information to help in your research. Do you find any of these electronic resources fun and easy to use? Why or why not?

Homework Help at Your Fingertips!


Do you need help with your homework, but you aren’t sure where to go? No worries, we have designed a page on our library’s website just for that purpose. There are several ways to get help in answering your questions or just helping with that hard math problem. Let’s take a look to see how easily this site is to navigate. The site is broken down into various sections, so let’s get started.

Search by grade level
The first thing you want to do when you get here is to determine the level of information you need, whether you are looking for information at the elementary, middle or high school level. This is the easiest way to search, because all the information contained on this page will be for that specific age group, so there is no guessing. Ok, just click on the school level you need and let’s get started.

Each of these pages is broken down even further to help narrow your search needs. These are listed by the various subjects. Once you click on a subject, you will then be directed to a page that contains electronic resources, websites, and general information in that specific subject area. How easy is that?

Ask a Librarian
This is an online version of asking a librarian a question. We can help you find sources that are credible or recommend various places to search for the information requested. (Please note, we cannot assist with the assignment, nor provide answers)

Online tutors and tests

Learning Express
Practice tests, exercises, skills-building courses, and information you need to achieve the results you want at school, at work, or in life.

BrainFuse Online Tutoring
One-on-one tutoring, writing lab, skills building, practice tests and foreign language homework help. Whether you’re tackling a tough homework problem, learning an academic skill, or writing a term paper, you can find help! Tutors are available in English and in Spanish.

Catalog Search
Do you need a book on a specific person, or do you just need to read a fiction book for a report? No problem, you can find what you need by searching the catalog. This is a collection of all the items we have at all of our libraries. You can type a term in the search book, or you can select a picture of the subject you are looking for. This makes for very easy searching.

Databases (electronic resources)
This is the one place where all the electronic resources are housed. There are biography resources, journal articles, scientific information and much much more. These can be use from home as long as you have Internet access, a valid library card and PIN and your record states that you are part of the Las Vegas taxing district. If they don’t apply, you can simply visit any of our libraries to use these sources.

Infoguides
Info Guides highlight relevant library materials and services, online databases and local community resources for each topic covered. They are prepared by Library District staff members.

Parents and Teacher

There is also a section for parents and teachers. These links will give parents and teachers the tools they need in assisting the students with research.

We hope you will find this site useful for helping with your homework, so let us know what you think of this site. We also like recommendations for improvements, so if you think there are any improvements needed, just let us know.

EBSCOhost 2.0


EBSCOhost is an online collection of databases, with a user-friendly, customizable features for searching and retrieving information. EBSCOhost offers basic and advanced searching by Boolean logic, enhanced subject indexing and journal searching. The interface has links from the full record display to related articles by subject, source or author. In addition, EBSCOhost users can print, e-mail or download multiple articles.

EBSCOhost offers a range of advanced searching features. Results can be limited by subject, author, journal, date, peer-reviewed status and full text availability. In addition, users can build upon their search terms by using EBSCOhost’s search history and search builder capabilities. EBSCOhost also offers links to title lists, expanded publisher information, and help with citing electronic resources.

Below are the files to help you learn more about searching and using EBSCOhost databases; these links will open in a new window:

If you need the Macromedia FLASH plug-in for the tutorials, go here. You can right-click the WORD documents, select “Save Target As..” and have a local copy of the documents.