Working on a scientific project? Find the help you need in the Jefferson Parish Library | Entertainment / life

The EBSCO Science Reference Center is one of the many free online student resources available through the library. It contains full texts for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, and reference works, as well as an extensive collection of images.

The Scientific Reference Center can be found under the Database tab on the library’s homepage.

The Science Reference Center enables users to perform keyword searches or search topics by branch of science. In addition to full-text journals, books, biographies and articles, it includes:

  • More than 1,000 scientific experiments
  • More than 2,000 science videos
  • Thousands of high quality scientific images from UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and Nature Picture Library

The Nature Picture Library features thousands of photos from more than 300 nature and wildlife photographers. The collection includes images of wildlife and plant species from around the world, pets, people, landscapes, and the environment.

The Science Reference Center allows students to browse topics by category and get quick access to science experiments, a citation tool, and helpful research guides. The Science Reference Center supports both students and teachers in:

  • Google Drive and Classroom integration so teachers using Google Apps for Education can quickly share content with students
  • Text-to-Speech for HTML articles to aid auditory learners, readers with difficulty, or English learners
  • A citation tool to help students format bibliographic references, as well as the ability to save, print, and email citations right from the user interface
  • Mobile-friendly user interface that is available around the clock via desktop, smartphone or tablet – both at school and at home
  • Automatic completion and spell checking to ensure that the correct search terms are used
  • Ability to sort search results by content type, publication date, subject, or publication

Subjects include: Applied Sciences; Biology; Chemistry; Earth and Space Sciences; Energy; Environmental science; Forensic science; Health and medicine; History of science; Life sciences; Mathematics; Physics; Science and society; Science as investigation; Science careers; Scientist; and wildlife.

“DANCING ON THE STREETS”: Judy Cooper, a photographer who lives and works in New Orleans, will be videoconferencing her new book, Dancing in the Streets: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs of New Orleans, via videoconference on September 27th. Visit for details, including participating in the discussion.

“Dancing in the Streets” combines archival photography with the work of 10 contemporary second-line photographers to provide a comprehensive overview of all the social aid and amusement clubs on the scene today.

Essays examine the evolution of the parades from their roots in black mutual aid societies after the civil war; their links to black performance practices in Congo Square; the craftsmanship and style of the club suits and regalia; and the marching bands and dance forms that bring the parades to life.

LEARN TO SIGN: JPL users can learn ASL using Pronunciator, a free language learning database that can be found on the library website home page.

Features include: 20,000 instructional videos; the ability to create a personalized ASL course in seconds, which can last anywhere from a month to a year; the ability to design a personalized course specifically for each of 60 professions; personalized courses that support all ages, learning goals, and skills; and video-based exercises – including video comparison – and video-based quizzes to help clients learn better, faster.

CAR SOLUTIONS: Customers with auto problems have a unique and free resource through the Jefferson Parish Library – the auto repair source. You can find them under the Databases tab on the library homepage.

It works when customers enter the make and model of the vehicle and then identify the type of problem they are encountering. Various menus will appear, including some that provide step-by-step instructions on how to resolve the problem.

OCCUPY THE LITTLE ONES: TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of e-books for children. It has more than 1,100 titles for kindergarten through sixth grade and includes animated picture books, reading books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction, playlists, and books in Spanish and French.

The collection also includes graphic novels – a student favorite. To access this free service, go to the Databases tab found on the library home page.

DID YOU KNOW ALREADY? There are two ways for users to refresh items without going into a library. The first option is to go to the library website, then go to the user account and complete the renewal process. The second option, especially for those without a computer, is to call TeleCirc at (504) 885-8588. Both methods are free.

Chris Smith is the manager of adult programs at Jefferson Parish Public Library.

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