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Posted December 8, 2014

GALILEO Tips for Selecting Books as Gifts

Books make great gifts, and not only because they’re easy to wrap! However, selecting the right book to match the interest of the reader on your list can be a challenge. GALILEO features tools that can make your shopping easier.

If you know a book that the gift recipient has read and liked, search the databases NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus for read-alike recommendations. The database home pages now feature read-alikes for popular books front and center. In NoveList Plus (but not in K-8), click the “List & Articles” tab at the top to see pre-packaged “Author Read-Alikes” that cover a long list of authors. In NoveList K-8 Plus, check out the recommended reads lists on various topics for different ages. Another way to match your readers’ interests is to search for any title, then look in the results listing for links to title, author, and even series read-alikes. Remember, the NoveList Plus databases now include nonfiction and audio recommendations.

At this time of year, “Best of 2014” lists are starting to appear on all kinds of topics. Subjective though these lists may be, they provide good suggestions for gifts. NoveList now has a few “Best of 2014” lists and will be adding more. To find the recommended reads lists for 2014, enter < best of 2014 > in the search box; once the results list loads, click on the “Lists & Article” tab to see the lists.

More “Best of” lists can be found using the Discover GALILEO search box. Search for best books 2014 to see book lists from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and other magazines. Expand your search by dropping “2014” or limit your results by adding topics or genres (e.g., science fiction) or audiences (e.g., young adult).

If the links above don’t take you straight to the resources, try these login options:
1) Log in via your PINES account, then click on the link to GALILEO, or
2) Try this! GALILEO may recognize a public library nearby through geolocation, or
3) Contact your public library for your GALILEO password.

Posted December 1, 2014

Read Consumer Reports in GALILEO

Consumer Reports has long been a trusted source for consumer information on electronics, appliances, cars, and other products and services. The online version, available in full-text to Georgia citizens and students, includes the same ranking and comparison data featured in the print version. In GALILEO, users can
- Access the current and past issues
- Search within all issues for a specific product or service
- Set up a journal alert to be notified when a new issue is available

To access Consumer Reports:

  1. Go to the Magazines A-Z tab in GALILEO
  2. Search for Consumer Reports
  3. Choose the Consumer Reports (Full Text) option in the magazine list in Find It @ GALILEO
  4. Choose EBSCOhost MasterFILE Elite from the database list
  5. Click on an issue to the right to access the magazine
  6. To search across multiple issues for a particular product, click “Search within this publication” [Note: Type the word “and” along with your topic in the search box (e.g., “and digital cameras”)]
  7. Click “Share” to set up an alert

If the links don’t take you straight there, try these login options:
1) Log in via your PINES account, or
2) Try this! (geolocation), or
3) Contact your public library.

Posted November 26, 2014

This Day in Georgia History: November 26, 1941

On this day in 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill making Thanksgiving Day the next-to-last Thursday in November. Prior to the bill, Thanksgiving had always been the last Thursday in November since President Lincoln declared it a national holiday in 1863. Not all States complied, and after a joint resolution of Congress, Roosevelt issued a proclamation in 1942 designating the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

GALILEO would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted November 21, 2014

Tips for Book Discussions

A book discussion is “a collaborative process whereby participants contribute individual ideas to a communal appreciation that reflects the thoughts of everyone involved. We capitalize on skills and perspectives different from our own in order to see things in the text and pictures we cannot immediately see ourselves.”*

This quote comes from the first article in a Discover GALILEO search today for < tips book discussion >. The results range from book discussions with youth and teens to group psychotherapy to tips for moderators, evidence that the Discover search is a good starting place for information on starting or revitalizing a book discussion group for multiple audiences.

Another great tool in GALILEO is the “Book Discussion Guides” lists in both Novelist Plus and Novelist K-8 Plus. Find this feature under the “List and Articles” tab at the top of the page. The list of book guides covers a wide range of interests and genres for youth and adults. Each guide includes author information, a synopsis, questions, and recommendations for further reading. Each question has a thoughtful “answer” that can help moderators and group members prepare for the discussion and can act as a discussion springboard.

Bonus Reading: Time-Management Tips for Book-Group Discussion Leaders

*Barthelmess, Thom. “Thom’s Rules Of Order: Ten Tips For Good Book Discussion.” Horn Book Magazine 90.6 (2014): 28-32. Literary Reference Center. Web. 21 Nov. 2014.

Posted November 13, 2014

New Georgia Knowledge Repository Now Available

A new GKR Metasite that utilizes EBSCO Discovery Service as a search platform has been developed by GALILEO staff, working with the staff at Georgia Tech and the Georgia Knowledge Repository (GKR) Coordinating Committee.

We are pleased to announce that the new Georgia Knowledge Repository Metasite is now available. Here is the Express Link:

In addition, the Georgia Knowledge Repository records can now be added to any institution’s Discover GALILEO search results to give academic users access to more scholarly research from our state. If your institution is interested in adding this to your discovery search, please use the GALILEO Contact Us form to put in a request.

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