Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Why Is This Such a Secret?

Why is it that one of the best FREE resources in New Jersey is such a secret? I simply don't know, but if I worked at the State Library, I'd be doing something about it.

Now, you're probably saying to yourself, "What is she talking about? What's this Jersey Clicks business?" Jersey Clicks is a far better way to search for topics than Google, it's a gift to those of us who must research topics for school, and is an absolutely free way to get to stuff you'd have to pay big money for any other way. What kind of stuff? Well, full-text articles in publications that usually require a fee to read their archival material, and in some cases, their most recent material.

This is a great resource for kids. It's very easy to use and can show them all kinds of stuff on the "invisible web" that they wouldn't see otherwise. The best part is that it's just like having your local library do all the work, except you can do it from home, just by using the UPC number on the back of your library card. And, if you don't have one, you can order one online.

The reason this is fresh on my mind is that I'm taking an online course as part of my MLIS at Rutgers, and the prof asked us to talk about an online library, and this is the one I picked. If you're a NJ resident with a library card, try it out. Go to Jersey Clicks and search for stuff right now. It will become your go-to tool in your bookmarks.

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