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New Online Newspaper Resource Available through JJML

The library has recently acquired Newspaper Source Plus, an online database providing a full text digital collection of the world’s major news content. The database contains comprehensive full-text for major newspapers such as Christian Science Monitor, Irish Times (Ireland), San Francisco Chronicle, The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The Times (UK), Toronto Star, The Washington Post, The Washington Times (DC) and others. In addition, Newspaper Source Plus features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts, including ABC News (American Broadcasting Company), ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), CBC Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), CBS News, CNBC, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, PBS, and more.
You can access Newspaper Source Plus in the library as well as from home with your library card barcode and password. Check it out!

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What Would You Call It?

Online Reference is one of the richest, and most amazing resources available at the library. It is also one of the most underused. We, the library staff, are  confounded by this paradox…now more than ever.  JJML Home PageYou see, we have all just attended a staff training course to better familiarize us with the wealth of information available to library users  on our website.  What we discovered, or rediscovered, is that a wealth of surprising, informative, practical facts and services are freely and easily accessible there.
Here are a few things you can find or do in the online reference section of our website (Note: some of these links require you to login with your library card barcode number and JJML account password*):

and so much more it would be impossible to list it all here.

So what’s the problem?  Why aren’t more people taking advantage of the availability of this free service?  We’re not sure, but we think one issue might be the name we gave it on our website: “Online Reference.” It’s just not a very friendly name. We suspect that very few people know what it means, or are aware of the incredibly useful stuff that is hidden there. We also think the word “reference” may put some people off. It sounds like it’s only for students, scholars, professors, or others who are into serious research.  So we’re planning to rename the section, but…

We’ve been down this road before (it used to be called “Virtual Reference” and we’ve also referred to it as our “Virtual Branch,” which is even less clear). Given that history, we know that our ideas about what to call it probably won’t improve things much. We think a better plan is to ask you, our loyal customers, blog readers and Facebook fans. What do you think we should name this section of our website to make it more user-friendly? What would get people to actually click on the link?

Let us know your ideas for a new name for the Online/Virtual Reference section of our website. Please leave your suggestions in the comment section of this blog post, or on our Facebook page. To thank you for your help, if we pick your suggestion to be used on our website, you’ll get your choice of either a 32GB USB flash drive, or a wireless mouse. Please get your suggestions to us by April 30, 2013.

*If you don’t currently have a JJML password, click here to create one.

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50 New e-books added to our Reference Collection

The library has recently acquired 50 new Reference Books in e-book format.    This collection of reference books covers a wide range of subjects including Biography, Law, Literature, Medicine, Science, Social Science and more.  You can link to them from our home page .  Just click on GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library.)  You can print, email and download articles and even translate them into 11 languages!  This e-book collection has “Read Speaker technology”  which allows text to be read aloud to users and downloaded in MP3 format.   The collection is available in the library and will soon be accessible 24/7 from home with any internet connected computer.

Update (1/27/12): The GVRL is now available to John Jermain Library card holders from any computer connected to the internet. All you need is your library card barcode and account password.

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Online Reference Collection Expands

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.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages

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.”

Global Road Warrior

Global Road Warrior

These tools can be accessed at our website,, by clicking the link for “Online Reference” on the left side of the page or directly at (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.