Category Archives: GoWYLD

Celebrating Sherlock Holmes Day with GoWYLD

Book cover of the Hound of the BaskervillesSunday, May 22, is Sherlock Holmes Day, in honor of the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In honor of this event, we are highlighting a resource in where you can find and read some of the classic stories by Doyle.

A search in Literature Online (LION) for Arthur Conan Doyle will result in biographical information, literary criticism, and full e-books for titles such as The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. These can be found under the Primary Text section of the results page.

For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian,

A Little Poetry for Baseball’s Opening Day

baseball in baseball gloveWhat a month: poetry and baseball!

In honor of National Poetry Month and Major League Baseball’s Opening Day today (April 7), let’s search the two together in Literature Online (LION). In you’ll find this immense resource combining the texts of more than 350,000 literary works with a vast library of key criticism and reference resources.

On the main page, below the search box, select Search Poetry under Primary Texts. Begin with a search for baseball. The results include poems from 1889-2021. On the left, there are limiters such as poem type, publication title, or literary period.

Literature Online can be found on alphabetically or under Literature. Other resources to use to learn more about the sport include U.S. History (Gale In Context) and Britannica Library.

All resources are available in your local library or from home with your Wyoming library card and PIN.

Librarians — want to promote LION to your community? Find a LION poster with the logo available for printing on our marketing downloads page.

For more information about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian,

Explore Agriculture Careers in GoWYLD for National Ag Day

National Ag Day banner

National Ag Day on March 22 was created to promote and educate about agriculture. It’s a day to help people understand how food, fiber, and renewable resource products are produced.  It’s also a day to promote career opportunities in agriculture, food, fiber, and renewable resource industries.

On the employment front, can help! Find out more about career opportunities in Job & Career Accelerator (Learning Express Library).

Here’s how to begin with Explore Occupations. Select In Demand Occupations or Occupation Groups and look at careers under Farming, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, as well as Professional, Science & Technical.

Example of some of the careers listed are agricultural equipment operators, animal scientists, farm equipment mechanics and service technicians, farmers, ranchers & other agricultural managers. Explore areas such as crop, nursery and greenhouse, aquaculture animals, pesticide handlers, landscape architect, and food science technicians.

Selecting one of these occupations will provide wage trends, knowledge, skills/tools and technology, education, tasks and activities, training, and available jobs. All to help guide someone to find out more about a career path.

There’s a Find a Career Match with two quizzes: Interest Matcher and Skills Matcher.  Also find Job & Career Accelerator video guides.

Want to promote Job & Career Accelerator in your library? Access bookmarks from our marketing downloads.

For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, please contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian,

Women’s History Month: Women in Science

Female scientist looking through microscope in laboratory.Celebrate Women’s History Month by learning more about women in science. One of the many reliable research databases in is Science (Gale In Context).

In this resource, you can browse by eight different topics, such as chemistry, biology, math, engineering, and technology. Within the topic, you can scroll through specific subjects, theories, and people. There is also a topic specific for biographies.

Check out Gladys West, a mathematician known for her contributions to the development of the satellite geodesy models, the precursors to the Global Positioning System (GPS). Or learn more about Patricia Bath, the first African-American woman to receive a patent for a medical invention in 1988. She developed a laser device to remove cataracts (Thank you Patricia!). Also, Regina Benjamin, who was appointed to the post of U.S. Surgeon General in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, please contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian,

National Consumer Protection Week in GoWYLD

Cover of latest Consumer Reports magazineAs we near the end of National Consumer Protection Week (March 6-12, 2022), we’d like to share how to find Consumer Reports and other magazines or journals through

Finding a title

There are a lot of databases in It can be difficult to locate a specific magazine or journal. However, you can use the Journals A-Z Find Full Text Coverage link under More on the page to streamline this process.

Depending on how much title information you have, use the drop down menu to select Title begins with, Title Equals, or Title contains all words. You can also search by ISSN/ISBN.

Conducting your search

For example, let’s search Consumer Reports for National Consumer Protection Week.

On the results page, Consumer Reports appears as the first item. Note that it is available in three databases. However, be sure to check the dates. In particular, “to present” if you are looking for current issues.

Select Masterfile Complete. There are a couple of things that you can do on this page:

  • Use Search within this Publication to locate a specific article or subject. For example: enter new car ratings or enter washing machine. And, it is not just things with motors. Find articles on Leafy Greens Safety Guide, student loan protection, insurance, baby food, or furniture.
  • The other option, on the far right, you can select a year and then an issue. For example, March 2022 to browse the list of articles. This issue includes, “What We’re Testing in our Labs” (iPhone, coffeepots, mattresses).


For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian,

Celebrate 307 Day Using CultureGrams

Laramie, WY - December 5, 2020: Welcome to Wyoming sign along the Colorado and Wyoming state borderIt’s 307 Day! Let’s find out some fun things about our state.

CultureGrams provides country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world’s people. Did you know that CultureGrams includes state information in addition to all of that? Check out the States Edition for information geared toward upper elementary.

You will find the flag and motto, some “Did You Know?” tidbits, Quick Facts, and maps. Each state includes categories for history, people, and place (climate and geography). A fun facts section includes State Symbols.

These are great for Wyoming! Dinosaur: Triceratops. Reptile: horned toad. Included with the state bird (Meadowlark) is a recording of what it sounds like. Also under Fun Facts are recipes. (Where did they find the Date-Filled Cookies recipe?)

To access CultureGrams, go to and select from the Browse Databases by Title. It is also available under Kids K-8. CultureGrams is available in your local library and school. You can also access from home using your Wyoming library card number and PIN.

On the far-right side of the page, click on Tutorials to learn more about this resource.

For more information about CultureGrams and other resources, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian,

You Saw it on TV? Find it in NoveList Plus!

Cartoon drawing of man in suit giving interview, with four hands holding microphones toward him.Did you hear about a book on your favorite TV or radio show? Check out NoveList Plus’s Media Mentions to find out more about the book and to see if it is in a library near you.

NoveList Plus is one of the Recommended Reading resources in Wyoming residents can access it at their local libraries or from home with a library card and PIN.

Included are books that have been featured recently in the media – outlets like Fresh Air, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, Meet the Press, HBO Real Time with Bill Maher, and The Daily Show. Also included are Apple TV+ Oprah Conversation, 11 different book clubs, and CBC Radio Canada, as well as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News, NPR, PBS, CNBC, Comedy Central, HBO, ESPN, and MSNBC.

NoveList Plus offers this helpful handout on searching for Media Mentions.

One morning I heard about a book by the wife of the president of Iceland. I did not catch the title (well, it was an Icelandic word!). I tried out Media Mentions. Use advanced search, scroll to Media Mentions (on the left) and select your show. In this case, I searched NPR Morning Edition. My search was Iceland and women. Success!

You can also search all the books from a particular program. On the advanced search page, scroll the Media Mentions list of programs, Select it and then scroll to the top and click on Search. For example, select NPR Science Friday to see mentions from that show. You can then use the limiters on the left to narrow by genre, subject, or location. Each book detail page includes a link to WYLDCat.

If a book title has media mentions, you will see them on the book details page. For example, search the book “Every Day is a Gift” by Tammy Duckworth, and you will see the most recent mentions to the right of the book jacket. In this case, CBS: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (April 2021); ABC: The View (April 2021); CBS: Mornings (March 2021); CBS: Sunday Morning (March 2021); NPR: All Things Considered (March 2021). They are also listed under the More About this Book tab.

Media Mentions information dates back to January 2019. NoveList Plus adds new media mentions weekly, so you may not find it the day you hear it. They do include both current and forthcoming mentions.

For more information about NoveList Plus and other resources, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian,

Celebrate Women’s History Month With Britannica School

Britannica Digital Learning logoDuring Women’s History Month in March, we celebrate the vital role of women in history, and acknowledge the many achievements, joys, and challenges experienced by women over the years. To help teach students about women’s history, Britannica’s curriculum expert team has put together a few activities and resources. You can check them out HERE.

Britannica is presenting a webinar, “Deepen Students’ Understanding of Women’s History through Inquiry.” They’ll navigate Britannica content and unpack strategies on how you can make your lessons more student-directed and engaging while promoting inquiry, literacy, self-expression, and critical thinking. A recording will be provided to all who register!

Register here:

Find Britannica School under Kids K-8 and Student Research on Britannica school is divided into Elementary, Middle and High School. You can access it from Wyoming schools and local libraries or remotely using your library card number and PIN.

For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian,

Today in History: Executive Order 9066 and Heart Mountain Internment Camp

Line sketch drawing of people loading suitcases and other items onto a truck.
Japanese-Americans leaving their homes. Sketch by Estelle Ishigo, from the American Heritage Center.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. This event led to the internment of thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

The order cited the necessity for “every possible protection against espionage and against sabotage.” It authorized military commanders to designate any area in the United States from which “any or all persons may be excluded” at their discretion.

See the executive order here.

Under the order, the U.S. relocated approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast and held them in American concentration camps across the country. One of those was Heart Mountain Internment Camp near Cody, Wyoming.

The Wyoming State Library has created an online exhibit providing a vast amount of information about life in the camp, gleaned from the Heart Mountain Sentinel. Six thousand Heart Mountain households, as well as subscribers outside of the camp, received the Sentinel each week.

Read the Heart Mountain Sentinel online in the Wyoming Newspaper Digital Collection.

For more information, please contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian,

Explore Black History Month Resources in GoWYLD

The Wyoming State Library has created a Black History subject guide highlighting resources that support the study of Black History. These resources include Black Freedom Struggle, U.S History (Gale In Context), and ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

Black Freedom Struggle, has been developed to focus on Black Freedom, featuring select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. Other resources include U.S. History (Gale In Context) with the topic header: African American Perspectives. This includes 42 topics from African Americans in WWI and WWII, Abolition, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Jazz, Slave Rebellions, Jackie Robinson, and Langston Hughes Also check out the topic header: Biographies. Look for Booker T. Washington, Jesse Owens, Sojourner Truth, and Dred Scott. Or conduct a search for Pauli Murray or Ida B. Wells. Click on Browse topics and use the drop down menu.

Also included in the Black History subject guide are links to guides, articles, and classroom materials including a guide created by the Wyoming State Archives called African American History in Wyoming and Primary Source Sets from the Digital Public Library of America.

Find the Black History subject guide on the subject guides page and select All Guides.

For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian,