Online Reference

Niche Academy Tutorials

Niche Academy provides video tutorials for the most commonly used email services, social media platforms, and electronic library resources. Click on any of the slides above or go to the Niche Academy website to see all available tutorials.

GALILEO

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GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online is a virtual library which provides access to journals, magazines, newspapers, videos, images, and other resources to help you find reliable articles and information on your topic.

You will need the GALILEO password to search from home. Contact your local library for the current password.

Watch the tutorial, visit the GALILEO website, or use the search box below to get started:


Britannica Library

Britannica Library logoDeveloped specifically for libraries, the new Britannica Library provides access to three sites in one, with age appropriate material from the child-friendly collection through to the adult general reference collection. Now students of all ages will find it easy to conduct research, complete homework assignments and work on special projects.

Britannica Library offers:

  • 3 comprehensive encyclopedias including the Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Thousands of magazine and journal articles directly related to search topics
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary plus audio pronunciations
  • 90,000 images, videos and audio clips
  • Read-Aloud feature ideal for struggling readers and ELLs
  • Biography Browse
  • World Atlas
  • Primary Sources

You will need the current GALILEO password to access Britannica Library from home. Contact your local library for the current password.

Visit the Britannica Library website or use one of the search boxes below:

Britannica ImageQuest

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Access millions of images from over 60 of the world’s best and most respected image libraries – all from one safe site. Collections include the Bridgeman Art Library, Dorling Kindersley Images, Getty Images, National Portrait Gallery of London, National Geographic Society, Nature Picture Library, Science Photo Library, Australian Associated Press, Auscape Photo Library and other leading names. All have joined with Britannica® to provide the best and broadest collection of proprietary educational imagery.

You will need the current GALILEO password to access Britannica ImageQuest from home. Contact your local library for the current password.

Visit the Britannica ImageQuest website or get started with the search box below:

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports logoConsumer Reports has long been a trusted source for consumer information on electronics, appliances, cars, and other products and services. The online version, available in full-text to Georgia citizens and students through GALILEO, includes the same ranking and comparison data featured in the print version. In GALILEO, users can:

  • Access the current and past issues
  • Search within all issues for a specific product or service
  • Set up a journal alert to be notified when a new issue is available

You will need the GALILEO password to search Consumer Reports from home. Contact your local library for the current password.

Use the search box below to get started!

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Digital Library of Georgia

Digital Library of Georgia LogoThe Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative based at the University of Georgia Libraries that collaborates with Georgia’s Libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture, and life. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. Visit their website to get started!

Digital Public Library of America

Digital Public Library of America logoThe Digital Public Library of America connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. Visit their website to get started!

eBooks & eAudiobooks

Georgia Download Destination & RBdigital
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As a member of Georgia Download Destination, the Chestatee Regional Library System is proud to announce a new partnership with RBdigital beginning Feb 6, 2018. RBdigital will replace Overdrive and Zinio, the previous platforms for e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines available to CRLS patrons. Read GADD’s full statement about the change here.

RBdigital offers titles from the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks. eBook and eAudio titles from major publishing houses are available along with exclusive eAudio titles produced by Recorded Books and narrated by professional, award-winning actors.

Watch the RBdigital tutorial, read the quick start guide, or visit the website to get started. You will need a valid PINES library card from any Chestatee Regional Library branch to create an account.

Once you have created your account, you can download the Android or Apple app to access RBdigital on your mobile device.

You can contact RBDigital tech support at 1-877-772-8346, Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM, or by email at yoursupport@recordedbooks.com.

Kindle users, please note – RBdigital is not compatible with any Kindle eReaders except the Kindle Fire.

TumbleBooks

anim2_238x60TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music, and narration to produce an electronic picture book you can read or have read to you. TumbleBooks also includes National Geographic videos and games.

Watch the TumbleBooks tutorial, visit the website, or download the app for Android or Apple to get started.

TumbleBookCloud

TumbleBookCloud offers a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting! If you can access the internet, you can be reading, watching, or listening to fantastic content.

Visit the TumbleBookCloud website to get started!

eMagazines

RBdigital Online Magazines

RB Digital LogoWith RBdigital, your Chestatee Library card, and a compatible eReader or Internet access, you can download and view a huge collection of full-color digital magazines—anytime, anywhere, and free of charge! Your library’s collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits.

Watch the RBdigital tutorial or visit the website to get started. You will need a valid PINES library card from any Chestatee Regional Library branch to create an account.

Once you have created an account, you can download the Android or Apple app to access RBdigital on your mobile device.

You can contact RBDigital tech support at 1-877-772-8346, Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM, or by email at yoursupport@recordedbooks.com.

Kindle users, please note – RBdigital is not compatible with any Kindle eReaders except the Kindle Fire.

Free Online Classes

ABCmouse

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Only available onsite at Dawson or Lumpkin County Libraries.

The award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2–7+) build a strong foundation for academic success. ABCmouse.com is 100% educational, with more than 4,000 learning activities across all major subject areas-reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it. And it’s free to use in this library!

ABCmouse.com is subscription-based, with no advertising, pop-up ads, or links to other sites. Children can learn and explore with their parents, or on their own (depending on age and ability), in a safe and secure online educational environment.

Click here to start learning with ABCmouse!

LearningExpress Library

Learning Express Library LogoTo register for courses, you will need to create an account using your CRLS library card number and have an email account to sign up for courses.

LearningExpress Library is an interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math for all ages. You’ll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

Watch the LearningExpress Library tutorial or visit the website to get started.

Mango

Mango_colorMango Languages is the leading provider of language-learning resources in North American Libraries.  Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses.

If you have a valid CRLS library card, Mango is FREE and can be accessed through GALILEO at the library, through the PINES catalog, or anywhere that you have internet access.  You can even Mango on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

Watch the Mango tutorial, visit the website, or download the Android or Apple app to get started.

Universal Class

UC-Web-ButtonTo register for courses, you will need to create an account using your CRLS library card number and have an email account to sign up for courses.

You are welcome to enroll in up to 5 courses at one time, with up to 6 months to finish each course. You have access to your course 24/7 via the Internet, allowing you to attend class and do assignments on your schedule. Each course has a real instructor who you may communicate with using email.

With a growing catalog of over 540 courses, Universal Class is committed to providing affordable and high quality online training. Universal Class offers courses in Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Care, and more.

Watch the Universal Class tutorial or visit the website to get started.

Online College & Scholarship Resources

Planning Tools

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Online Colleges and Universities in Georgia

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources

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