Posted by eileen on July 15, 2011
Simply put, this database rocks! It’s full of all kinds of practice tests for all kinds of exams and certifications. This includes college prep: GED, ACT, SAT, PSAT, CLEP; graduate prep: GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT; U. S. Citizenship; job certification prep: Civil Service, Cosmetology, Real Estate, and much much more.
There is also great information for job seekers. Just click on Job Search & Workplace Skills and you’ll find courses on writing resumes, ebooks on new careers, etc.
You can find links to Learning Express Library from our College & Financial Aid page and our Jobs & Careers page. Remember, to access any WPL database from home, you will be prompted to log in with your WPL card number and PIN.
Posted by eileen on June 24, 2011
Each Friday, I will be showcasing one of the subscription databases provided by WPL. If you’re not sure what a database is or why you would want to use one instead of just Googling, take a look at our Databases vs. Websites page. Almost all of our databases can be used from anywhere with an Internet connection by logging in with your WPL card number and PIN. If you don’t have a WPL card, you can use the databases on any of the library’s computers. A great place to do some online database searching is on the computers near the Reference Desk on the first floor of the library. These computers do not require a WPL card, do not have a time limit, and have access to all the library’s databases.
Today, let’s take a look at Facts on File – World News Digest. ”World News Digest brings together and enhances nearly seven decades of news from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print. This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and contains more than 1 million internal hyperlinks and convenient new features such as tabbed search results. It covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940. This publication of record is unrivaled for its depth, breadth, and accuracy.” – About this Database
If you click on Curriculum Tools at the top of the page, you’ll find Tools for Students and Tools for Educators. Tools for students includes great information like suggestions for research topics and a link to the Country Profiles page. Country Profiles lists the countries of the world alphabetically and is a fabulous resource for writing any sort of country research paper or if you are interested in knowing more about a country to which you are traveling. By skimming the Canada profile, I learned Canada is the second largest country in the world (in total area). Only Russia is bigger.
Take the time to take a look at Facts on File – World New Digest. You’ll find a ton of information from a guide to the 2012 Presidential Race to the top news stories in the 1940s. Whether you’re looking for current events or historical analysis, it’s a reliable source.