Free stuff to celebrate National Library Week!

This week is National Library week and to celebrate some database vendors are offering free stuff! This week�s BRAIN_blog features links to the free stuff, information about a trial database on the BRAIN and our new �Ask Us!� link.

1) Thomson Gale Free-for-All!
This week and this week only, in celebration of National Library Week, Thomson Gale is offering free, unlimited access to two dozen of their databases to anyone and everyone with Internet access!! Check the Thomson Gale web site for a list of the databases up for grabs and the computer requirements for getting to such great resources as Times Digital Archive, Testing and Education Reference Center, Busines & Company Resource Center – and many more!
Once you get to the web site, choose �other�, then you can choose from these great collections of databases:
History, Biography and Literature : need a recommendation for your next great read or looking for some author info? Check it out at the database �What Do I Read Next?� included in this collection;
General Knowledge: And who couldn’t use some general knowledge? Check out the �Health and Wellness Resource Center� database for some authoritative, up-to-date health information;
Business & Law : some great (albeit U.S.-centric) directories in here; and
Student/Homework Help: all-purpose resources for the student.

More Free Stuff: Xrefer free for one week
Xrefer is another database offered for free this week and it offers access to 150 reference books. Access dictionaries on a wealth of topics (such as food, science, medicine, arts, literature, law, etc.), a full whack of atlases, a stunning array of books of quotations, a plethora of thesauri (very useful!), a gaggle of encyclopedias, well, you get the idea. You�ll need to register first (for free) at: http://www.xrefer.com/libraries/oneweektrial.jsp

2) Trial Database @ The BRAIN
The Library has, for a limited time, a trial of the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library. This database provides online access to 22 society magazines and transactions and over 1,200 selected conference proceedings. Topics covered include multimedia, security and privacy, software, Internet and more. To access, go to the Databases page on The BRAIN and scroll to the bottom of the list.

3) New way to get help @ The BRAIN: Ask us!
Check out the new Ask Us! page on the BRAIN for a comprehensive list of service points @ the Library! Here you�ll find links to our online chat help service, email address, and phone numbers and addresses of all campus libraries. The Ask Us! page is accessible from wherever you are on The BRAIN�just click on the Ask Us! link on the far left side of The BRAIN navigation bar. Now getting help @ The Library is easier than ever…. Just ask us!

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