AccessMyLibrary Offers 30 Million Free Articles
AccessMyLibrary is now providing students and educators returning to school with free Web access to almost 30 million online articles from a collection of more than 4,000 publications.
A subsidiary of educational publisher Gale, the AccessMyLibrary site employs search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, and Ask.com to let users search, as well as browse, Gale's storehouse of online content, all courtesy of local libraries.
Teachers and students first register to the "library advocacy" site with a local library card and can then search reference materials like newspapers and academic journals that they would typically find at their local library. If users don't have a local library card, the site will give them temporary access.
From there, students can use the reference materials to write reports and essays, or research class projects. Educators can use the site to create lesson plans or develop curricula.
In terms of subject matter, the site covers a wide breadth of content "collections" under categories such as health, science, general interest and business. As users drill down or search, AccessMyLibrary suggests popular articles and recent additions.
David Kopf is a freelance technology writer and marketing consultant, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.