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Keep Up with the News

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MasterFILE Premier logo imageThe websites of many popular news publications will allow you to read about 10 articles each month for free before they require a subscription. Luckily for you, the UAPL subscribes to several newspaper and magazine databases, so you can still access the full text of the latest stories for free. Check out these databases to keep up with news sources including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Columbus Dispatch, and more.

Remember to enter your library card number and PIN to access these resources from home. To check for a particular source in MasterFILE Premier or National Newspapers, click on “Publications” and search for the title you’re interested in. Once you’ve selected a publication, you’ll be able to browse to today’s date.

NoveList vs Goodreads

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Logo - NoveList Plus database

How do you choose which book you will read next?  Do you depend on recommendations from members of your book club? An interesting author interview that you hear on the radio?  The list of bestsellers in your favorite magazine? A quick perusal of Goodreads? All these sources are helpful, but there is one other source that you many find equally helpful and that is NoveList, a database found on your library’s website.  Using NoveList and Goodreads together can be especially helpful because Novelist provides professional reviews and Goodreads provides reader commentsNovelist is objective whereas Goodreads is subjective.  In combination you can get a balanced idea of whether you would like to read a particular book. 

In addition, NoveList uses a set list of standardized genre terms, which are clearly understood and dependable, such as ‘Books to Movies’ or ‘Historical Fiction’ while Goodreads uses reader-created tags which allow for genres that may be more difficult to categorize, such as ‘written-by-women’ or ‘first-reads-giveaway’. Both can be helpful.

Remember to enter your library card number and PIN to access NoveList from home and enjoy some wonderful winter reads!