Tutor available 24/7 – Lynda.com

Have you started studying this year and are feeling a little out of your depth? or do you want something to help you be at the top of your game. We have just the thing for you – a tutor available 24/7. Lynda.com has tutors for heaps of courses – to either help you with your studies, or try a course before you buy. Check out these great study starters to set you off on the right foot. All you need to get started is a library card and password/PIN.

 Learning Speed Reading

Learn how to read faster. Improve your reading speed and comprehension with these proven speed-reading techniques. Speed-reading is a skill everyone can benefit from, and this course provides proven techniques to improve how much information you absorb and how fast you absorb it.

 Learning Study Skills

Get tips for improving your reading speed and memory, creating detailed notes and preparing for tests. The information in this course is appropriate for all levels of learners, from school  to university students and full-time members of the workforce. Start watching now—you’ll never approach studying the same way again.

 Information Literacy

Information literacy is the ability to discover and use various types of information. It’s an essential skill for navigating the information age. Learn about strategies for finding information – from a library, archive, database or the internet – and the ethics of using what you find. This one is definitely one to trust – the tutor is a Librarian!

 Improving your Memory

Improve your memory with these memorization techniques. It explains the best methods for different situations, like remembering names, important dates, passwords, to-do lists, quotes, and more. These techniques will prove invaluable, whether you’re memorizing facts for a test at school, points for a work presentation, or trivia to impress your friends.

 Learning Algebra: Pre Algebra

Pre-algebra is the first step in high school math, forming the building blocks that lead to geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. This course will help you master the basics: from addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to new types of numbers (integers and negative numbers) and concepts such as the order of operations and distribution.

People who need people: Explore our biographical resources

Biography Reference CenterWe like to watch other people. We like to hear about other people. There are entire industries based around writing and photographing people who we will never need to meet. It is all probably based on an evolutionary need to distinguish friend from foe but it continues to this day in our everyday habits and the media we watch.

If your needs are for research – or pure evolutionary based interest – then we have the online resources for you in the form of:

Biography Reference Center: (new) What do Angelina Jolie, Confucius, Alexander Fleming and Roger Federer all have in common? They are all here in the Biography Reference Center along with 450,000 others.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: includes the ‘great and the good’ and the ‘bad and unusual’ people who are now dead having left their mark on the British empire.

Biography in Context: information about more than one million people ranging from George Clooney to Boudicca. There are stories of courage, malice and romance! Sort of an academic Mills and Boons.

All you need to quench your curiosity about people of note  you will find in these electronic resources accessible 24/7 from home or in libraries. All you need is your library card number and password/PIN. People watch and search away…

Happy gawking.

Science in context: not just for rocket scientists

LogoScience in Context  combines scientific information with media reports to show how scientific disciplines are related to real-world issues. Easy-to-use, it provides:

  • Multimedia resources: videos, audio, podcasts, maps and images;
  • A variety of experiments and projects;
  • Full-text articles from newspapers, magazines and journals;
  • Search Assist (a “Did you mean?” prompt) to help find accurate results.

From earth and life sciences to space, technology, mathematics and science history, this is a fantastic resource for students, researchers and general users.

Science in Context and many other useful electronic resources can be found in the Source.
Access from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our community libraries.

Intrepica – an electronic learning resource for children

Intrepica : A high-quality play-based literacy resource with more than 10,000 activities online for children of all ages and ability. Children and parents can select from activities focusing on pre-reading skills, phonics, reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension in a fun, exciting and safe online environment. Users progress through progressively harder tests and earning trophies and  coins for completing games which they can then “spend” dressing their avatar up in outfits and costumes!

What makes Intrepica special?

  • Incentive-based learning.
  • Credits awarded for every exercise.
  • A safe online world of visually rich activities.
  • Children learn and have fun at the same time.

You can access  Intrepica and many other useful electronic resources from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our community libraries.

Don’t forget our other new kids electronic resource, TumblebookLibrary is an online collection of Tumblebooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

Get amongst these free resources for library members.

World Book – but not as we know it Captain!

Remember searching through large brown print volumes of the World Book Encyclopaedia to complete homework, or am I just showing my age?

These days  all articles from the 22-volume print set dating back to 1922 are available not only in print in your local library but also online. World Book Online now includes such resources as web links, videos, primary source documents and news headlines. The main webpage allows you to move to a variety of online versions:

  • World Book Online for Kids specifically for primary school students, with such features as thousands of easy-to-read articles and games.
  • World Book Student tailored for  High School students. It includes more than 40,000 reference articles, the World Book Biography Center and rich multimedia.
  • World Book Advanced a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopaedic, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos offers World Books excellent editorial content, rich media, and interactive features in Spanish.

And these fantastic added resources …

  • Living Green : explores environmental issues and current efforts to reduce human impact on the environment. Very topical at the moment.
  • Early Peoples : examine the history of such ancient cultures as the Egyptians, Romans, Maori, Chinese.
  • Inventions and Discoveries : evaluates the impact of inventions and discoveries that continue to shape our world today.

Access to this easy to use database and many others is one of the many benefits of library membership. You can access this database from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our community libraries.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center – a database for the informed

Let’s face it, we all love a good debate.

If you want to win the debating prize at school or those arguments around the dinner table, then this is the resource that will equip you. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is the premier database covering today’s hottest social issues, from terrorism, endangered species, stem cell research, abortion to gun control.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center helps develop critical-thinking by bringing together a variety of information on social issues.  An excellent resource for those wishing to do in-depth investigations about major contentious topics for school, work, research or out of intellectual curiosity:

  • More than 9,100 pro and con viewpoint  articles                                              
  • Nearly 5,000 topic overviews
  • More than 300 primary source documents
  • More than 1,800 images and links to Google Image search
  • More than 140 full-text magazines, academic journals and newspapers
  • Nearly 6,000 statistical tables, charts and graphs

This database has a user-friendly interface that can be configured to different content levels – basic, intermediate and advanced to help users choose appropriate content for their abilities.

A translation feature also allows users to translate documents into Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian and simplified Chinese and Korean.

Access to this easy to use database is one of the many benefits of library membership. You can access Opposing Viewpoints and  many other useful databases  from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our community libraries!