Among the many wonderful resources at John Jermain are the Suffolk e-Resources subscription databases. These resources are a civilized outpost in the wild wild web: The material in them is reviewed and edited with the same rigorous attention to detail as a standard print reference book—in fact many of these databases, such as the fabulous and comprehensive Credo, include digitized full-text versions of books. Having access to these tools is like having a full library in your pocket; it’s almost as good as the various expandable rooms in Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. There are health databases, databases in Spanish, full text-encyclopedias, scholarly articles from academic and small press journals, historic newspapers, genealogy materials, and a gem of a database on car repair.
We’re particularly excited about two new titles that have been added to Suffolk e-Resources this month. Mango, a web-based language learning program with both a text and an audio component provides comprehensive lessons for beginners in a variety of languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Italian, French, Greek, German and Japanese. Once you’ve got the language basics down, you’ll want to plan your trips abroad with Global Road Warrior an elegantly designed and easy to navigate collection of data on each of the worlds countries. Of value for travelers, students, writers, and researchers it includes articles on a great variety of topics: history; etiquette; currency; holidays; folklore; tips for women traveling on business; cell phones and plug adapters; and as they say on the late night TV ads, “much much more.”
These tools can be accessed at our website, johnjermain.org, by clicking the link for “Online Reference” on the left side of the page or directly at http://suffolkeresources.org/ (you’ll need the number from your library card for access from home).
If you’re interested in a tutorial please contact Sue Mullin at 725-0049 x32 or Catherine Creedon at 725-0049 x23.