Category Archives: GoWYLD

Back to School with GoWYLD



Teacher showing a boy how to use a digital tablet in class at elementary schoolGoWYLD has fantastic, reliable resources for students of all ages. You’ll find easy access to them by using the subject categories Kids K-8 or Student Research.

Within these are links to age appropriate databases, as well as tutorials, resource guides, and activities such as scavenger hunts that let students explore the database. The Student Research resources are organized by topic —  literature, history, social issues, countries & cultures — to make the right research resources easier to discover. You will also find added content for choosing a research topic, as well as skills improvement resources.

In addition to the general research databases, there are specialized resources such as Culturegrams, Opposing Viewpoints, and U.S. History (Gale In Context).

Students, and those that work with them, will find these databases easy to use. Results will include full text articles from magazines and journals, encyclopedias, news and newspapers, as well as photos and videos. Most articles can be translated into other languages or use the listen function.

GoWYLD resources are available for free at your library or from anywhere with a Wyoming library card and PIN. For more information about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Explora’s Great Search Features Have New Interface on GoWYLD



Explora logoExplora has a new interface. Check out Explora Primary, Explora Middle and Explora High School on GoWYLD.

Explora searches across multiple EBSCO GoWYLD subscription databases. For example, a search in Explora Middle or Explora High School could include results from Middle Search Plus, MAS Ultra, Topic Pages 6-12, and Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, as well as History Reference Center or the EBSCO Host e-book collection. Explora Primary searches Primary Search, Funk and Wagnalls, and Topic Pages K-5.

Select All Filters to narrow by Lexile, as well as content provider (the EBSCO databases) and source type. Users can create an EBSCO account to save articles and organize research. Articles can also be shared to Google Docs, Google Classroom and to Microsoft OneDrive

Find Explora here, linked from the alphabetical list at the top of the GoWYLD home page. You’ll also find Explora Public Libraries and Explora Teachers Resources.

GoWYLD resources are available free to at your local Wyoming library or from anywhere with 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 at chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Get to Know Frankenstein’s Creator with GoWYLD



Photo of wax Frankenstein's monster
Frankenstein’s monster in Hollywood Wax Museum.

Each year, Frankenstein Day on August 30 marks the birthday of the book’s author, Mary Shelley. Want to learn more about her or other notable figures? GoWYLD can help!

There are several databases in GoWYLD where you can find biographies. Try out Biography In Context, Britannica Library, African American Biographical Database, or Literature Online. For example, search for Mary Shelley in Biography (Gale In Context). Here you’ll find a comprehensive biography, some quick facts, and links to additional biographies and to magazine, journal, and news articles.

For an introduction to this resource, click on the Tutorials tab on the far right side of GoWYLD.net. This will access the Niche Academy tutorial under Gale In Context: Biography. You can find tutorials for many other GoWYLD resources here as well.

GoWYLD resources are available for free at your library or from anywhere by logging in with a library card and PIN. For more information about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Explore National Navajo Code Talkers Day with GoWYLD



Statue of seated man in front of building
Tribute to Navajo Code Talkers by artist Doug Hyde, created in 1989 in downtown Phoenix. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2018703819

Check out GoWYLD to learn more about National Navajo Code Talkers Day, held each year on August 14. The holiday, established by President Ronald Reagan in 1982, honors not just the Navajo, but all the tribes associated with the war effort including (but not limited to) Cherokee, Choctaw, Comanche, and Hopi.

The Navajo code depended on the complexity of the Navajo language as well as further encoding the messages (depending on when and where they were sent). These combined factors rendered it impossible to break as a code.

On GoWYLD, select Middle School (Gale In Context) alphabetically or go to Student Research under Subject Areas. On the Middle School main page, search Navajo Code Talkers or scroll down to Browse Topics: U.S. History to locate this topic and many more on people, places, and subjects.

The topic page brings together a collection of material, including an overview and links to multiple source types such as magazine articles, biographies, reference overviews, images, and news items. Note that only one to three items are listed in each source box (articles, images, etc.) — be sure to click on the source header to see all. The topic page is a great resource for background information and includes some Navajo code words.

Learn more about Middle School (Gale In Context) by going to the alphabetical list in the tutorials link (tab) on the far right of the main GoWYLD page.

This resource is available for free at your library or from anywhere using a Wyoming library card and PIN. For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Ethnic Diversity Source Added to GoWYLD



Thanks to the University of Wyoming Libraries, we now have access to a new GoWYLD resource.

Ethnic Diversity Source is a full-text database covering the culture, traditions, social treatment, and lived experiences of different ethnic groups in America. It provides full text from a growing list of sources including peer-reviewed journals, magazines, historical documents, e-books, biographies, and primary source documents, such as speeches and interviews. It also includes a curated selection of relevant videos from the Associated Press.

Find this on GoWYLD alphabetically or under the Social Issues subject area. This resource is available for free at your library or from anywhere by logging in with a Wyoming library card and PIN.

For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Grow Your Skills for Free With LinkedIn Learning



Man standing in front of purple background. Text Reads: "LinkedIn Learning for courses, tutorials & TED talks!"During August, “Get Out There and GoWYLD” with LinkedIn Learning and explore thousands of training videos that build business, software, technology and creative skills. This resource is available free to every Equality State resident through the Wyoming State Library (WSL).

“It’s a fantastic way for people of all ages to develop new abilities and discover hidden talents,” said Chris Van Burgh, WSL Database Instruction Librarian. “The courses are taught by industry experts, so you know you’re learning from the best. Whether it’s for professional or personal interests, you can find everything from data science to graphic design to music lessons.”

Topics include Microsoft Office programs, management skills, marketing, accounting, coding and more to benefit employees and small business owners in any field. Individuals can take singular classes to cater to their specific career goals or follow a predesigned learning path for structured skill sets, such as “Become an SEO Expert” and “Transition from Military to Student Life.” Offerings include creative skills such as graphic design, photography, and music.

Learn more about LinkedIn Learning on GoWYLD.com. This resource is available at local libraries or from anywhere by logging in with a Wyoming library card and PIN. For assistance, or to obtain a library card, contact a public library in your county.

LinkedIn Learning is made possible in part through federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Celebrating Colorado Day with GoWYLD’s CultureGrams



The Colorado state flag waving along with the national flag of the United States of America. In the background there is a clear sky.It’s Colorado Day! Colorado became a state on August 1, 1876. In honor of our neighbors to the south, let’s look at some information about Colorado using Culturegrams on GoWYLD.net.

Find this great resource using Browse Database by Title or in the General Topics subject area (under More Resources). Culturegrams has 4 editions: World, Kids, States, and Provinces. All but World, which is junior high and up, are at an upper elementary reading level.

The States edition has easy-to-read reports that describe the diversity and history of each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. Each report includes maps, flags, symbols, and “Did You Know?” There are sections on history (with a timeline), economy, geography, people (population, famous, and indigenous), and Fun Facts such as recipes, state symbols, and state birds with sound files.

Back on the main page for the States edition, you will find a tab for graphs and tables. This includes create-your-own data tables as well as lists for all state capitals, statehood for each state, race/ethnicity/age for states, education, average travel time to work, and most popular baby names for 2020, by state.

CultureGrams is available for free at your library or from anywhere with a Wyoming library card and PIN. Learn more about Culturegrams by going to the tutorials link on the far right of GoWYLD.net.

For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Great Reads to Mark the Anniversary of the ADA from GoWYLD



book cover: Being HeumannOn July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. To mark the ADA’s 32nd anniversary, we’d like to highlight the book, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann. This is a personal account of her “lifelong battles for education, employment and societal inclusion” and “her role in advising the Carter administration to help create the Americans with Disabilities Act.” (Description from NoveList Plus.)

Find NoveList Plus on GoWYLD.net using Browse Databases by Title or under Recommended Reading. A search for Being Heumann provides information about the book, as well as a section called “Search for More.” This option lets you select subjects such as disability rights movement, people with disabilities, social advocates, and women with disabilities to discover additional titles. Then use the Look up in WYLDCat link to see if your library owns the titles you find or search in Libby for e-books or audiobooks.

Being Heumann is available in Libby. Add the Libby app to your device and search the title to read a sample or borrow the e-book.

NoveList Plus and Libby are available for free at your library or from anywhere using your Wyoming library card and PIN. For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

 

Recommended Reads for Rodeo Season from GoWYLD



Cowboy riding a bucking bronc at a country rodeo AustraliaCheyenne Frontier Days, the “Daddy of ’em All”, is taking place all this week. Does rodeo season have you wanting to add a Western to your stack of reading this summer? GoWYLD can help!

Check out Books and Authors at GoWYLD.net, under Recommended Reading, to find titles in Western fiction from Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey to C.J. Box, William W. Johnstone, Craig Johnson, and Anne Hillerman. Click on Western fiction on the left side and then select a specific category, such as American Civil War, ghost story, mystery, or mountain man. You can also do an author, title, series, or keyword search. Once you find some new titles, head on over to your local library catalog or Libby to find a copy to read.

This resource is available for free at your library or from home (or anywhere with an internet connection) using your library card and PIN. For help accessing GoWYLD resources or to get a library card, contact your local public library.

For libraries, information about the databases, training, or marketing materials is available from Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Explore the World of Moths and Butterflies in GoWYLD



Closeup on a fresh emerged white striped Lunar Marbled Brown moth, Drymonia ruficornis with open wings on a green leafDid you know July 23-31 is National Moth Week? You can learn more about these fascinating creatures in GoWYLD!

Select Britannica Library and explore the world of moths and butterflies. In Britannica, go to Reference Center and click on Images & Video, then Animals–Insects-Butterflies and Moths to check out the cool Leopard Moth and Hummingbird Moth. You will also find a comparison chart of moths and butterflies.

To learn more, click on the Articles tab within Media Browse. Again, select Animals–Insects-Butterflies and Moths. This will give you the habitat and description.

Britannica Library is available for free from your library. Or, using your library card and PIN, you can access this resource from home.

For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, at chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.