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State library provides free online educational resources

Maine State Library has partnered with Gale Digital Resources to provide free access to online resources in nearly 1,000 libraries across Maine

Posted by Charley Rogers | September 08, 2018 | International

Maine State Library has partnered with Gale, a Cengage company, to provide nearly 1,000 school, academic and public libraries throughout Maine with free access to Gale digital resources. These new resources provide Maine residents and students with high-quality content that supports learning, research, business, career development and personal enrichment. Now Maine libraries can provide exceptional research experiences to their learners and communities to meet their educational, informational and cultural needs. Maine residents and students can access these new resources at: library.digitalmaine.org

“This partnership enables us to accomplish this by providing Maine residents and students with easy access to valuable and reliable content, making our libraries stronger and transforming information into knowledge,” said James Ritter, State Librarian of Maine.

Gale’s new digital resources include databases, periodicals and reference content that are accessible 24/7 from any computer or mobile device without the use of a library card or password. This enables users to seamlessly access Gale’s authoritative content, eliminating barriers to access resources. Additionally, many of the resources feature integrated workflow tools from Google and Microsoft, as well as language translation, downloadable audio and easy ways to share and save content.

“Libraries play a crucial role in making knowledge and learning accessible to enrich the economic development of the community, and user experience is key to making it happen,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “We are thrilled to partner with the Maine State Library and together we will transform the research experience for libraries and patrons across the state by providing easy access to educational resources that empower learning and change.”

Gale resources now available to Maine library users include:

  • Academic OneFile & General OneFile — with InfoTrac Collections: Full-text periodicals and popular magazines, plus, peer-reviewed journals aligned to the curriculum.
  • Books and Authors: A reader’s advisory database for discovery of books by author, genre and topic.
  • Career Transitions: Walks job seekers through resume building, career exploration and more.
  • ChiltonLibrary: Automotive repair and maintenance instruction for more than 2,600 vehicle makes and models.
  • Educator's Reference Complete: Academic journals and reports covering the education field.
  • Gale LegalForms: Access to a variety of document templates – including state-specific legal forms – from wills and rental agreements to forms needed for starting or managing a new business.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL): Gale’s online e-book platform provides users with 24/7 hassle-free access to Gale eBooks anytime, anywhere and from any mobile device.
  • GREENR: Authoritative reference content in the areas of the environment, energy and natural resources.
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center: Authoritative source for health information, updated daily.
  • Health Reference Center Academic: Current, reliable health data for students and professionals.
  • Informe Académico: Spanish-language periodicals.
  • InfoTrac Newsstand: Searchable access to more than 2,000 global newspapers, images, broadcasts and transcripts.
  • Kids InfoBits: Age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content to support elementary students’ research and homework needs.
  • Literature Resource Center: Represents the most current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database offering the broadest and most representative range of authors and their works, including a deep collection of full-text critical and literary analysis.
  • National Geographic Kids: Extensive archive of National Geographic Kidsmagazine with reputable, authoritative, age-appropriate digital content in science, nature, culture, archaeology and space.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Explore social, cultural and political issues through a rich presentation of pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics and more.
  • Research in Context: Authoritative, multimedia reference and periodical content with the most-studied topics for middle school students.
  • Scribner Writers Online: Contains more than 2,000 entries and essays on the lives and works of over 1,400 important authors from around the world. Entries place the author’s work in personal and historical context.
  • Small Business Resource Center: Authoritative source on starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax and more. Updated daily.
  • Student Resources in Context: Offers cross-curricular authoritative content aligned to national and state curriculum standards that span core subjects.
  • Twayne's Authors Online: Offers in-depth introductions to the lives and works of writers, the history and influence of literary movements and to the development of literary genres. 

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