Maybe you only have a small collection of magazines in your local library or your reference items are outdated and limited. Not to worry. Thanks to funding from the ND Legislature, the ND Library Coordinating Council, and libraries in the state, North Dakota citizens have free access to a broad range of full-text and multimedia databases.
Think of these databases as the virtual addition to your local library. The different types of materials found on your library shelves can be accessed online: directories, almanacs, magazines, journals, yearbooks, handbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and more. You can also find images, videos and audio files. These Online Library Resources are updated on a regular basis and can be searched 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; all you need is a free library card.
You will find general research databases and subject-specific databases like auto repair, genealogy, health, and business. You have access to professional tutors and educational resources, PreK through college. When you use the online library resources provided by the State of ND, you do not have to worry about credibility, authority or safety. Rest assured that users will not be distracted by advertisements, inappropriate content, or other pitfalls that can accompany Internet browsing and research. Students will appreciate that everything is cited and reliable.
In addition to the databases currently available, North Dakota public libraries and their patrons now have access to new resources: NoveList and Zinio.
NoveList is an online reader advisory tool. Use it to find out what comes next in a book series, or what authors write in your favorite genre. The K-8 version of NoveList has fiction and nonfiction reading lists by grade level.
Zinio is an online collection of 100 popular magazines which you can access with your computer, tablet, or smart phone. You can download as many titles as you want and keep them on your device until you delete them.
The virtual library compliments your local library; it does not replace your local library. The printed book will not go away. The number of library patrons using mobile devices to access the Internet is rapidly increasing. So, take advantage of these online library resources and take your library with you.
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