Blair's Media Center offers a wide range of online and print resources for student research. But one feature students may be unaware of is that they can access online databases and research tools from their own Apple products.
Media Center Specialist, Andrea Lamphier, articulated on how to download these apps and the limitations school resources hold. "You can't get into them without a link," she said. "The app has to be mounted on public access, with an IP address or require remote authentication," she added, "in order for it to be visibly posted on the media center website."
Although you can access online resources through a desktop computer, getting the Apple app for a school database can be a little tricky. Lamphier emphasized that getting the app isn't feasible through searching on the database vendor websites. For instance, searching the word 'app' on ABC-Clio's website won't yield any results. "When I search [the word] App, it's not going to happen. It's too short of a word to search," Lamphier said. However, some download links have been posted on the Media Center Website for "over a year now" according to Lamphier.
AccessMyLibrary - School Edition
This app provides step-by-step access to Blair's subscribed school resources on the Gale Database and eBooks. After filling out state, city and high school, simply type in the password for "Gale/Cengage" provided on the back of your student agenda book and you're all set. The eBook sub-collection on the app is more user-friendly than the website itself. You can access a range of topics from "Chemical Compounds" to the "The Guilded Age." Remember, these resources are specific to Blair's subscription and are used by many classes through throughout the school. More likely than not, a resource that you use in in class can be found in the eBook categories.
EBSCOhost is formatted specifically for the iPhone, but can be used on iPads too. This apps saves previous searches, making information you've accessed previously easy to retrieve.
A simple search engine allows you to search any term or topic you want, unlike AccesMyLibrary which has books and periodicals pre-stored and organized. The app allows you to organize searches by date and relevance, and allows you to customize search preferences. Since, teachers often require students to examine the reliability of their sources, EBSCOhost has got you covered. You can check filters for "Peer Reviewed" search results and timely publication dates. For more open-ended idea gathering, EBSCOhost is your ideal app.
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