In this week’s O’Fallon Weekly, Library Director Molly Scanlan reminds patrons that they can access Homework Help resources from their home computer with their library card number. Students who need to do some serious school work can access full-text articles, complete with citation tools through the Biography, History, Points of View, or Reference Centers.
The Learning Express School Center provides the option to select resources for elementary, middle, or secondary levels. Explora is perfect for elementary and middle school content. “Reading level indicators (Lexile Measures) help simplify discovery of grade-appropriate content.”
Molly also recommended that patrons check out OpenStax when a textbook resource is needed. “This site contains tens of thousands of pages, that are organized into thousands of textbook-style books in a host of disciplines, all easily accessible online and downloadable to almost any device, anywhere anytime. The best part?” Molly said, “Everything is available for free thanks to generous support from Rice University and several philanthropic organizations.”
Visit our Research page for even more resources. There are links to archived versions of local newspapers such as the Belleville News Democrat, O’Fallon Progress, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch as well as over 10,000 National and World News sources at the Library’s NewsBank database.
Not being enrolled in a class doesn’t mean you cannot continue your education. Molly suggested that patrons try Rosetta Stone for help learning another language. “Brain HQ will help with exercising your most important resource, your mind!” she said. Also from home, your library card number helps your genealogy detective work through Heritage Quest.
“If you don’t have an O’Fallon Library card, Molly said you can access all these resources and many more from the Library computers. If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask for help in Adult Services.
Be sure and check out next week’s “Library News & Notes” in the O’Fallon Weekly.