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?

Need a NEW Career? The Library can help you prepare for one.

The economy is turning around slightly, but many people are still looking for employment. Did you know that the library has many tools to help assist you in being well prepared for the job search, the interview or help with resume preparation? We have purchased many electronic resources to help with some of the task listed above. We have also developed an entire webpage that contains recommended books, websites, research databases and much more.

To get started with the Careers Hot Topic page, follow these simple steps;
1. Go to our homepage, lvccld.org
2. Click Find Information on the green toolbar
3. Click  Hot Topics
4. Click  Careers under Popular Topics

Once you are here, you will see the multiple categories for information. We have separated these for the easiest use possible. This way, you can get lots on information just by skimming through this page if your time is limited.

The categories include;

We also have purchased many electronic resources that will help in preparing for that new job. Below is my favorite list of the electronic resources on Careers. Using these is simple, so I’ll show you how to access these and give you a brief description of each one.

To get started using the electronic resources, follow these instructions;
1. Go to our homepage, lvccld.org
2. Click  Find Information
3. Click  Databases A-Z
4. Select the database you want to use from the alphabetical listing

Note: In order to use these electronic resources, you must be a part of the Las Vegas Taxing District as well as have a valid library card number and PIN.

Brainfuse – Homework Help & Tutoring- Contains assessment tests and subject skills builders. Now features The Adult Learning Center to help if you are going back to school, switching jobs, or just want to brush up on an academic skill.

Business Source Elite – Searches business publications and contains company profiles. Back file 1985 or the first issue published for that journal.

Learning Express – Practice tests and courses for all areas. Includes Real Estate, SATs, Civil Service, GED, and much more! Be prepared, and get that high score!

Nevada Career Information System (NCIS) – The Nevada Career Information System has career, education and labor market information in one comprehensive, easy-to-use tool. Highlights include facts on Nevada industries, apprenticeships, financial aid and school directories. The NCIS is an invaluable resource for counselors, job seekers, students and educators. The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation makes the NCIS available to Nevadans free of charge.

Press Display – Read today’s newspaper on-line. Over 200 newspapers from 55 countries! Your paper is here, before it can even get to the news-stand! Newspapers are archived for 14 days.

Regional Business News – Articles from 75 business journals, newspapers and news wires covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Reference USA – Search Business, Residential, and Health addresses and telephone numbers.

Resume Maker – Build your resume online, create cover letters and get expert advice on finding your next great job!

I hope I have either inspired you to see what new career may fit your lifestyle or how to improve your skills and update your resume for a promotion in your current field. Was this information helpful or 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.

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.

New Year, New Career!

During the holidays, who wants to think about starting a business? Not many, but based on the current economy and the unemployment rate, perhaps this is a new avenue to consider in the New Year.

We have an Infoguide as well as many electronic resources that will help you determine if this is the way to go.

The Small Business Infoguide includes contains lots of helpful websites, local agencies contact information, recommended books and much more. This should be your starting point to help you decide if this is the right thing to do. Ok, let’s go to the electronic resources.

There are several electronic resources you can use to help you get started with your new business, but let’s just visit the Business Plans Handbook. Remember you can access these from the Databases A-Z link on our homepage as long as you are a resident of Las Vegas with a valid card # and PIN.

Ok, let’s get started. There are several ways to search for information on various businesses. You can use the basic search, the advanced search or the subject guide search.

*Basic Search – Allows you to get a business plan for a specific business. Simply enter the type of business in the search box to see if there is a plan listed for the type of business you are interested in starting. If no plan is displayed, try the Subject Guide Search.

*Subject Guide Search – Allows you to search using a specific subject term. You can also limit your results by publication date, publication title, topic overview or business plan.

*Advanced Search – Allows you to enter keywords for the type of business as well as limit your results by publication date, publication title, subject area or target audience.

If none of these search methods prove to be effective, go back to the basic search page and simply click on Business, under Or select a publication below. This will give you a list of business plans by volume. After you find the volume you want, simply click on it. Next click on the ebook index for a list of categories within the book.

Don’t forget to check out these other business resources.

Business & Company Resource Center

Business & Marketing Collection

What’s new at the Las Vegas Clark County Library?

It’s new, easy to use and best of all, it’s free. What is it, you ask? It is called Study Guide Zone. The Study Guide Zone was developed to simplify the process and provide you with free, easy-to-understand preparation materials. Whether you are applying for college, looking for a better job, or trying to get into the military, there is something useful for you in the Study Guide Zone.

Can’t use our regular electronic resources because you either do not have a library card or you live outside of the Las Vegas area. No problem, this new site is free for anyone to use and contains all the information you need to better your scores on many of the standardized test that are given today.

Ok, now you want to know how you can access this. Ok, great! Follow these 4 simple steps to get there.

1. Go to our homepage, http://www.lvccld.org
2. Click on “Infoguides” from the left hand side of the page
3. Click on “Test preparation” under “Education”
4. Then look under “websites” and click on the link for “Study Guide Zone.’

How easy was that? Ok, now you are there, what can you do? There are several things you can do on this site.

Test taking: General information
To begin with, the site provides general information for four different kinds of examination: admission, licensing, vocational, and primary/secondary.

1. Admission exams are those like the SAT or GRE that are taken as part of your application to college or graduate school.
2. Licensing exams, for example the NCLEX and Praxis exams are required for certification in professions like teaching and nursing. Vocational exams are part of the admissions process for professional schools and the military.
3. Vocational exams are the ASVAB and the HOBET examinations.
4. Primary and secondary school exams are those like the FCAT and the THEA that are taken by students in elementary, middle, and high school. Success on secondary exams can be essential to advancing to the next grade or receiving a high school diploma.
Test taking: Test preparation
You don’t need general information, because you are already familiar with the test that you need to take. You just need to practice for the test. Ok, no worries, this is where the Study Guide Zone Test Directory comes in handy.

Simply click on the name of your exam and you will be taken to a page containing detailed information and links to free preparation materials. For many of the exams, this preparation material includes extensive guidebooks covering every aspect of the examination. Isn’t this fantastic?

In addition, many of the exam pages listed in the Test Directory contain links to practice questions composed by test experts. Each set of practice questions is modeled directly on the real exam, so that your preparation can be as authentic as possible.
Study tips
Finally, be sure to check out the “Study Tips” section for some great general advice on taking tests, writing research papers, and getting the most out of your time in the classroom. This section of the Study Guide Zone summarizes the most important education research, and, perhaps more importantly, describes some of the ways you can use the insights of this research to improve your performance.

If you find this information useful, please let us know we would love to hear how we can better serve your needs.