Online Resource of the Week: NovelistPlus

Phew!  After a brief respite, we're back with our feature, Online Resource of the Week.  This week, it's NovelistPlus!  Calling all bibliophiles!!!

NovelistPlus and NovelistPlus K-8 are the go-to resources for readers advisory in both fiction and nonfiction.  Just some of the things you can do on NovelistPlus:

  • Get recommended reads lists based on reader age and subject interest
  • Locate author read-alikes
  • Get recommendations based on previously-read books
  • View lists of award-winning titles
  • Create your own account on Novelist, where you can create and save your own lists or authors or titles
  • View and save/print lists of book series, so you can make sure you read the series in order and that you haven't missed a title!

Need material for your book club?  Novelist also has book discussion guides with brief background material on the author, a summary of the book, and suggested discussion questions.

For teachers, NovelistPlus K-8 offers curriculum-based book lists and annotated bibliographies.  And don't miss the book talks and book discussion guides, too, and the picture book "extender" activities you can use for after you read to the kids.  NovelistPlus also allows you to search on lexile range.

Even more, NovelistPlus offers an advanced search tool so powerful it goes to 11!  You can conduct a search based on an author's nationality and/or cultural identity, publication date range, audience age, grade level, fiction/nonfiction, award-winners, etc.  And most books include reviews from such sources as Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal.

How do you access NovelistPlus and NovelistPlus K-9?  Go to our Online Resources page and locate the resource under "Books".  Or click here to directly access the landing page for NovelistPlus.  Enter your HPPL card number, without spaces, and you're in!

Questions about using NovelistPlus or any of our online resources?  Call the Reference Desk at 847-681-7031, or email us at hppla@hplibrary.org

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Online Resource of the Week: Health & Wellness Resource Center!

Starting today, we'll be introducing our "Online Resource of the Week" feature.  We'll discuss and highlight one of our subscription online resources!  This week we're looking at Gale's Health & Wellness Resource Center.

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The Health & Wellness Resource Center (HWRC) is an easy-to-use medical database of professional and consumer articles, pamphlets, newsletters, videos, newspapers, and reference materials, designed to make your quest for reliable medical information as simple as 1-2-3.  You can search by disease or condition and find loads of info, as well as the latest in treatment options and drugs.  Want to know how alternative medicine might approach a condition or disease?  HWRC covers that, too!  Just click on the "Alternative Medicine" tab and search for your topic.

HWRC also has reliable information on Drugs and Herbal remedies, so you know what to expect when taking a particular medication.  You can even type in your symptoms ("dry eyes") and see a list of medicine and herbal remedies that can help to alleviate them, along with an explanation of how those remedies work and any possible side effects and warnings.

Directories are also included in HWRC.  Search the Gale Medical Health and Information Directory, as well as the National Directory of Adult & Senior Services, National Directory of Children, Youth & Families Services, National Directory of Mental Health & Addiction Services, and National Directory of AIDS/HIV Resources, Including Infectious Diseases.  Locate up-to-date contact and general information for various service agencies, companies, institutions, foundations, and chapters. 

Need a definition? Mosby's Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary makes it easy to get the correct medical definition of a word or phrase.

HWRC includes numerous links, by condition, to trusted, free websites.  Each site has been evaluated for accuracy and reliabity, so you know that the information you're getting is of the highest quality.  Want to take an online assessment of your health?  HWRC provides a list of several reputable medical sites that offer online assessment tools for a number of conditions, or just general health. 

How do you access HWRC?  Go to our Online Resources page and locate the resource under "Health".  Or click here to directly to HWRC.  Enter your HPPL card number, without spaces, and you're in!

Questions about using HWRC or any of our online resources?  Call the Reference Desk at 847-681-7031, or email us at hppla@hplibrary.org.

 

 

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Have you tried Universal Class?

One of our newer online resources is Universal Class, which offers over 500 online continuing education classes.  The classes meet online, at your convenience, with a real instructor.  Classes cover a wide varierty of subjects: computers, business, arts & photography, crafts, GED prep, health & medicine, writing help, homeschooling, and more!

Classes are available in a diverse range of subjects including computers, business, home & garden, health and medicine, hobbies, and more.  View a listing of class topics.

Get Started!

Step 1: Go to the sign up page to create your account with your user name and password.

Step 2: Go to http://highlandparkil.universalclass.com  to enroll in your class and start learning!

• You are welcome to enroll in up to 5 courses.

• You have up to 6 months to finish each course

• You have access to your course 24/7 via the Internet.

• Attend class and do assignments on your schedule.

• Each course has a real instructor who you may communicate with using e-mail.

note: These are non-credit courses and are provided for your personal enrichment. These courses are not intended to be a substitute for any state, government, licensing, or educational requirements.

 

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RAILS - Our New Library System!

You may recall that last year the North Suburban Library System (NSLS), of which Highland Park is a member,  was nearly shut down by the lack of state funding. Everything but the most essential services - notably, interlibrary loan - was cut.

Other library systems in Illinois, facing the same budgetary issues, pooled resources with NSLS on July 1st to create RAILS: the Reaching Across Illinois Library System.  Composed of the now-defunct Alliance Library System (ALS), DuPage Library System (DLS), Metropolitan Library System (MLS), North Suburban Library System (NSLS), and Prairie Area Library System (PALS), RAILS now serves more than 3,700 libraries over 27,000 square miles.

How does this affect you?  Service levels will remain the same as before July 1st, so there is no service interruption!  You can read more about RAILS on their website.

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Looking for our databases?

You may have noticed our site is looking just a tad bit different lately (see our announcement), and perhaps you're wondering where you can find all your favorite databases, like Lexis Nexis, Reference USA, and Consumer Reports.  Look no further than the "Online Resources" link on the left side of the screen, under "Quick Links".  You also can find a link to our online resources under the "Research" tab at the top of the page.  Questions?  Call us at the Reference Desk at 847-781-7031, or instant message us using the Ask Us widget on the left side of the screen.

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Job Hunting Resources

We've collected a number of online resources for job hunters in our Job Hunting guide.  You'll find links to recommended sites on resumes and cover letters, interviewing, salary information, career guides, and more.

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Finding Consumer Information

Looking to buy a new dishwasher?  Want to find out which mp3 player you should purchase?  We have a few suggestions on where to find consumer information.

  1. We have Consumer Reports available in print and online.  Both are available for in-library use only, so stop by the Reference Desk and we can direct you to them or set you up on our database computer.
  2. Looking for free consumer sites?  ConsumerSearch.com is an excellent source.  They aggregate reviews, analyze them, and then put the results in an easy-to-use package.
  3. ConsumerReview.com provides reviews by users just like you.
  4. ConsumerWorld is another free resource providing non-commercial guides to consumer resources and products.
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