STATE LIBRARY PROVIDES NEW TOOLS -- 06/04/2008
Office of State LibraryFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2008
STATE LIBRARY PROVIDES NEW TOOLS
Baton Rouge, LA - The State Library of Louisiana is pleased to announce the addition of three databases to its already extensive database collection. For Students Online, Scribner Writers Series and Twayne's Authors are geared toward literary research and are especially useful for secondary students as well as the general public.
"The State Library provides informational databases for use at home or work, a services that provides a 10-to-1 cost savings to the citizens. Almost a million searches are done in these databases each year," said Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu, whose office oversees the State Library of Louisiana. "New technologies have allowed us to expand these valuable services."
"Through their local public library, every citizen in this state has access to the State Library of Louisiana's database collection, which includes more than 60 resources," said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. "The only requirement is that you hold a valid public library card, which is free through your local library."
The database can be accessed at: http://lalibcon.state.lib.la.us/.
For Students Online is a comprehensive literary reference collection. The easy-to-understand critical essays were chosen specifically for students, and each part of the entry is designed to support formal students and teachers of literature as well as individual readers and book clubs.
The literature-based For Students Online collection on Gale Virtual Reference Library provides every student, teacher and reader simultaneous access 24/7, and lets them cross-search by author, title, topic, etc.
Scribner Writers Series features more than 2,000 original and detailed bio-critical essays on more than 1,400 important authors. Students, faculty and other researchers can access these literary references with flexibility and simplicity. The series is designed to work the way students conduct literary research, therefore, students can go directly to an entry on a specific author, combine search criteria for a much more complex search, or explore thematic and chronological topics to make connections among writers.
Twayne's Authors offers in-depth introductions to the lives and works of writers, the history and influence of literary movements and to the development of literary genres. This online series features content that was carefully coordinated by librarians and educators, including authors universally studied in high schools and colleges. Students can quickly get results by searching for a specific author, combining search criteria for a more complex search, or exploring thematic and chronological topics.