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Sample Bookcarts Available in eLibrary

The one-of-a-kind BookCart functionality found in eLibrary allows librarians and educators to build persistent links to pre-selected content, creating reading lists, subject and topic pages, standards-linked lessons and activities, community interest pages, and even pre- or post-assessments.

In an effort to convey the value of the BookCart tool, a few dozen sample BookCarts have been made available to customers who have not already created or imported BookCarts into their account. Look for the BookCart link in your eLibrary navigation bar to find them.

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The sample Book Carts were created by ProQuest editors and align to common subjects and courses in K12 education. For more about the power of eLibrary BookCarts, watch this brief 2 minute video overview.

Updated eLibrary Title Lists Available

eLibProQuest released updated title lists for its popular eLibrary product line!

Title lists for all editions of eLibrary have recently been updated and released for distribution from our ProQuestk12.com web site.

Follow the links below to get your .xls version of the product title list to which your institution subscribes:

All the title lists, besides eLibrary Australasia, eLibrary Science and eLibrary Elementary, include a complete list of the almost 10,000 editor-created and curated Research Topics pages, a feature unique to eLibrary among aggregated database products.

Curriculum Edition title lists include periodical and special collections titles for ProQuest Learning Literature and History Study Center.

All title lists include information about whether the titles are current feeds, the date of the earliest publication in the product for the title as well as the date of the most recent publication (i.e. the coverage dates).

New title lists are distributed for eLibrary about every two months.

ProQuest Learning Literature Offers Citation Generator

Users of ProQuest Learning Literature (PQLL)–a comprehensive reference resource including 3,000+ author biographies; dozens of searchable full-text literature journals; full-text literary works; and other key criticism and reference sources–now have the ability to generate citations within the product for individual documents. There are three citation formats available: APA, MLA and Turabian.

The citation generator tool can be found at the top of the document display in the box that says Cite Article. Subscribers to eLibrary Curriculum Edition, of which PQLL is a component, also get the benefit of the citation generator.

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eLibrary Mobile Is Here!

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A mobile version of eLibrary is now available! Read more about it here.

Direct your Smartphone or Tablet browser to http://m.elibrary.bigchalk.com and authenticate via your account username and password or via IP address.

All eLibrary variants (eLibrary K12, eLibrary Public Library, eLibrary Science, eLibrary Elementary) are retrieved within the mobile web version, depending upon customer subscription. This is not an app. No need to go to iTunes or Google Play, etc. eLibrary will work on the browsers of a wide variety of SmartPhones and Tablets and adapt as operating systems and mobile browsers evolve over time

Contact Technical Support if you encounter difficulties.

Find Primary Sources in eLibrary

eLibrary is well regarded as a source of premier secondary sources like The Economist, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times and Popular Science to name just a few of the thousands of active and historic periodicals represented in the K12 product. However, it is less well known that there are a plethora of primary source documents available in eLibrary K12 as well.Bounty

For example, there are a number of books in the Oxford University Press Pages from History series included with 100% full-text and inline images and captions.  The Series offers a mixture of textual and visual primary source documents, including diaries, letters, sermons, newspaper columns, and poems supplemented and explained by compelling narrative text. The documents are ideal length for classroom discussion and are inviting to visually-oriented students. The list of titles appear below:

  • The American Revolution: A History in Documents
  • The Bill of Rights: A History in Documents
  • The Civil War: A History in Documents
  • The Cold War: A History in Documents
  • Colonial America: A History in Documents
  • Encounters in the New World: A History in Documents
  • The Gilded Age: A History in Documents
  • Twentieth Century China: A History in Documents
  • The Vietnam War: A History in Documents
  • World War I: A History in Documents

The World Book Year Books and World Book Science Year Books offer a listing of the most significant world events of each year.  Published since 1921, the World Book Year Book is known as an authoritative reference in the field and provides insight into what the conventional wisdom was about the events & people cataloged in the volume of a particular year.

For example, the entry for the year 1963 on Smoking, details the Surgeon General’s report on the health effects of smoking, but includes a comment by the then American Medical Association president: “Dr. Edward R. Annis urged everyone to ‘give careful attention’ to the report, but said, ‘it is unrealistic to assume that the American people are suddenly going to quit smoking.‘”

The 1927 entry on the early experiments in the creation of television posited: “It is confidently expected that within a few years a family may sit in front of the radio and see action pictures of any athletic event, as a baseball or football game, or may see a statesman in his familiar poses as he delivers an address to a thousand people.

Getty images

Short video clips from the MPI Media group offer insights into topics as diverse as world affairs, fashion, sports and the arts from various periods in the Twentieth Century.

The Getty Historical Image collection offers hundreds of iconic images from the Twentieth Century, perfect for inclusion in student or teacher presentations.

New features added to eLibrary

In a software release that went into production on 29 January 2014, the following features were added to your eLibrary subscription:

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  • In all versions of eLibrary, there is now a link to the Share This blog within the “footer” of each product Web page. Benefit: The Share This blog is a great way for users to stay informed about title and feature additions, hidden gems and editorial input in the creation of the product. The link says “Blog” and takes users directly to those blog posts tagged as relating to the eLibrary product family.


  • Under the Publications tab in eLibrary, eLibrary CE, eLibrary Canada and eLibrary Canada CE, Publication count and title listthere is now a title counter (identifying the total number of titles found in the product) and a link to a title list in Excel format. This is the same title list made available on ProQuest’s corporate Web site. Benefit: Subscribers can now quickly and easily find the complete title list with coverage dates to appreciate the depth of content reserves found in eLibrary.


  • It is now possible for eLibrary users to export bibliographic information to the EasyBib citation tool in eLibrary, eLibrary CE, and the eLibrary Canada products. Benefit: EasyBib is one of the more popular citation generator tools available. This new export feature makes integration with EasyBib seamless. Citing sources is a key component of the new Common Core State Standards.

Export to EasyBib

Hutchinson Encyclopedia Added to eLibrary

Looking for primary source documents? Look no further than the 2011 edition of the Hutchison Encyclopediawhich recently moved into production in eLibrary.

HutchinsonThis respected reference work will replace the 2005 edition already in eLibrary, titled The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia.  The new version will be available to users via search, publication tab, and reference desk tab in eLibrary, eLibrary Canada, eLibrary Elementary, and eLibrary Australasia .  The 2005 edition will remain in eLibrary’s archive for reference purposes, but will be removed from search, so that users get the most up-to-date edition in their search results page.

In the new version there are a total of 78,599 documents!  Most of these are text article documents but close to 100 of them are Table of Contents documents, which aid in the navigation of this massive resource.

There are 3 kinds of document types associated with this title:

  • Articles
  • Historical documents
  • Essays

These documents include special features such as navigation links, links to other articles in the same publication, videos, audios, country fact boxes, amazing facts, images (which include full size image links and expandable images), memory joggers, quotations and tables.

So, what kind of information can you find in the Hutchinson Encyclopedia? The U.S. Civil War entry includes historic photographs and a colorful map of troop movements.  There is the full-text of the Gettysburg Address.  The entry on air pollution includes a video on the causes and effects of this damaging phenomenon. Listen to the sound an accordian makes in the entry for that musical instrument.

Hutchinson: it’s reference, it’s primary source, it’s multimedia, it’s authoritative…and it’s in eLibrary!

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