Get to Know the LiLI Tools

Use this guide to learn more about the tools available through LiLI.org. Select a tool from the menu at the left. Within each you will find information

  • about the resource,
  • highlights of features,
  • links to try to the tool with additional information or activities to practice where available, and
  • links to tutorials and more learning for that tool.

About Chilton Library

What is it? Chilton Library is a one-stop online tool for your user’s automotive needs. Chilton’s repair manuals have been a trusted source for years. Now, it’s available in an online database available 24 hours a day on your computer or mobile device. Why use it? Use it to access to repair, maintenance, and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today. The database has information about cars from early 20th century and today. It has Step-by-step instructions for your auto repair needs. Includes videos and animations, close-up images, wiring diagrams, diagnostic information, and maintenance and specification tables. Chilton Library also provide test preparation materials for individuals pursuing ASE certification. Try it!

  • Chilton Library Step-by-step instructions for your auto repairs needs. Includes video and animations, close-up images, wiring diagrams, diagnostic information and maintenance & specification tables.

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Chilton Library Webinar [Recorded January 10, 2019.]

  • Car Care using Chilton Library from LiLI Has your blinker stopped working? Were you told about a recall that MIGHT include your car? Are you paying for the appropriate number of work hours for a repair? These are all questions ChiltonLibrary can help with! ChiltonLibrary supplies a solution for the “do-it-yourselfer” that is easy to use no matter the skill level. Repair, maintenance and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward. It provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on seven decades of the broadest range of vehicles available, including cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. 30-minute session. [Recorded 1/10/19.]

About Explora Public

What is it? Ebsco’s interface for public libraries is a great first stop for research. Users will find full text articles with easy-to-use features to limits searches by type of content, publication dates, and source combined with an ordinary keyword search. Like the school editions, Explora Public will link to Google Classroom. Why use it?

  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
  • Topic Overviews that provide users with a starting point for research
  • Citation help, including the ability to export citation information to online bibliography generators such as EasyBib and NoodleTools
  • Save found articles to a folder and export to bibliographic tools
  • Limit searches by Lexile range

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  • Explora Public Libraries Designed to support research and classroom instruction, the Public Library interface casts a wide net among research databases for journal articles, magazines, and other reference content.

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Ebsco Explora Tutorials

About Explora Primary

What is it?

Ebsco’s interface for Grades K-5. Find articles, primary source materials, informational text, and support for classroom learning. Databases linked to the Explora Primary interface include Primary Search, Middle Search Plus, Newspaper Source Plus, Topic Overviews K-5, TOPICsearch, American Heritage Children’s Dictionary, and more.

Why use it?

  • Overviews provide a starting point for research
  • Content from reputable publishers
  • Save research to a folder, then export to a bibliography tool
  • Limit searches by Lexile ranges
  • Simple search interface

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  • Explora Primary Interface for primary school students for research and classroom instruction. Great starting point for finding full-text articles.

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About Explora Secondary

What is it? Ebsco’s interface for Grades 6-12. Find articles, primary source materials, informational text, and support for research and classroom assignments. Databases linked to the Explora Secondary interface include Academic Search Premier, MAS Ultra School Edition, Middle Search Plus, TOPICsearch, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, Topic Overviews, Newspape Source Plus, and more. Why use it?

  • Simple to use search interface
  • Easy access to citations
  • Limit search to type of publication (academic journals, magazine, peer reviewed, etc.)
  • Lexile range searching limiters
  • Ability to save research sources to folders, add notes, and share

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  • Explora Secondary For students in secondary grades, Explora Secondary will support student research and classroom instruction. Great starting point for full text articles and informational text.

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Ebsco Explora Tutorials

About Gale Ebooks

What is it? A collection of electronic specialized encyclopedias and reference books on a wide variety of subject areas that can be searched individually or as a whole. Highlights include:

  • American Decades, 1900-1999, 2000-2009
  • American Eras Primary Sources Series, covering early America through 1899
  • Encyclopedia of Fashion, Costume, and Culture
  • Complete Diseases and Conditions
  • Encyclopedia of Diets
  • Encyclopedia of Food and Culture
  • Alternative Energy
  • Encyclopedia of Science
  • Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering
  • Exploring Science Through Science Fiction
  • Human Geography
  • Political Theories for Students
  • Encyclopedia of Worth Mythology

Why use it?

  • STEM Content
  • History Primary Source Content
  • Ability to make notes and save with connection to Google Drive

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Gale eBooks Tutorials

About History Reference Center

What is it? Designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research, this database features full text for thousands of primary source documents and informational texts. It includes full text content of historical documents, biographies of historical figures, photos, maps, video, and other history reference materials. Why use it?

  • Browse by subject and time period
  • More than 81,000 biographies of historical figures
  • More than 40,000 images, including maps and historical photos
  • Save research using personal folders

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History Reference Center Tutorials

About Learning Express Library

What is it? A comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources. Use to prepare for college and career, education tutoring, software tutorials, and workforce development. The entire database is split into Learning Centers:

  • School Center – Tutorials and learning aids in top subject areas from 4th – 12th Grades
  • High School Equivalency Center – Use to prepare for GED with tutorials, eBooks, and practice tests
  • College Preparation Center – Study for and practice college admission tests and application essays. From AP Exams to the ACT and SAT, this center is devoted to college entrance.
  • College Center – For college students, resources to strengthen academic skills, prepare for placement tests, and get ready for graduate school entrance exams.
  • Career Center – Learn about a variety of careers and prepare for professional exams for licensing and certifications.
  • Adult Learning Center – Offers busy adults the tools to improve basic skills in reading, writing, and math.
  • Popular Software Tutorials – Learn to use the most popular software programs from Microsoft Office, along with Adobe Photoshop, and the Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

Why use it?

  • SAT And ACT preparation materials
  • Software tutorials – you can jump to specific skills/tasks via the table of contents
  • Career preparation – including learning about careers, entrance to specialized schools to pursue careers, and practice for licensing and certification exams.

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LearningExpress Library

About Literary Reference Center

What is it? Provides information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Includes plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies, and more. Why use it?

  • Find discussion questions for lessons or for research topics
  • Author biographies
  • Browse authors
  • Save research with personal folders

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Literary Reference Center Tutorials

  • Literary Reference Center Tutorial Literary Reference gives students, professors and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs. In this session, we’ll learn how to search authors and works by a variety of factors as well as explore many of the tools available in the Reference Shelf. Dozens of lesson plans are available via a link to EBSCO’s Curriculum Standards Module, a tool that can help teachers correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to curriculum standards.
  • Literary Reference Center Training (Recorded 10/18/17) Literary Reference gives students, professors and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs. In this session, we’ll learn how to search authors and works by a variety of factors as well as explore many of the tools available in the Reference Shelf. Dozens of lesson plans are available via a link to EBSCO’s Curriculum Standards Module, a tool that can help teachers correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to curriculum standards.

About NoveList Plus

What is it? Find fiction and non-fiction reading recommendations for all ages. Search by book title, author, genre, or key plot points. Find information about a book series and discussion guides for book groups, too. Why use it?

  • Read-alike recommendations – created by experts for titles, authors, and series
  • Appeal factors to help determine if a book is the reader’s style
  • Series information
  • Lists of award winners

Try it! NoveList Plus Find reading recommendations for all ages. Search by book title, author, genre, or key plot points. Find information about a book series and discussion guides for book groups.

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Trainer Guides

NoveList Tutorials

About NoveList Plus K-8

What is it? Find fiction and non-fiction reading recommendations by book title, author, genre, series, or key plot points. Along with picture book extender activities, and ties to Common Core curriculum standards. Why use it? Covers titles appropriate up to Grade 8 Picture Book Extenders show activities related to popular early literacy titles Read-to-go read-alike lists for popular titles Curriculum connections to find reading materials related to core standards and topic areas

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NoveList Tutorials

About Pronunciator

What is it? Pronunciator provides both guided and self-directed instruction for 80 foreign languages, and ESL for 51 non-English languages, along with Course Designer, which allows for the creation and deployment of custom courses by educators. Pronunciator uses a variety of tools (e.g., drills, quizzes, live online conversation classes, feature films, streaming music with lyrics, poetry, plays, culture notes, etc.) to provide 360-degree exposure to a language within a safe, structured learning environment. Why use it? Learn a new language! Content is constantly being updated and expanded–recent additions include American Sign Language. Contains practical material for a variety of real world applications, including healthcare, traveling abroad, the workplace, and more! Participate in live conversation classes, taught at different levels by native speakers.

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Pronunciator Support, Webinar, and Free Promotional Materials

Courses can be created either in any of the 163 languages that Pronunciator offers, or in over 1,000 other languages. When you create a course in a language that Pronunciator already offers, you can reuse any of the more than 1 million instructional phrases, audio clips, and video clips that are already in Pronunciator. When you create a course in a “custom language” (a language that Pronunciator doesn’t offer), you can easily add your own phrases and audio.

These video tutorials, presented in logical order, cover how to build courses in Course Designer, deploy them to your students, and track student progress.

About Scout

What is it? Video clips and multimedia tools for use in K12 classrooms. Includes lesson plans. Searchable by grade level and subject. Idaho Edition includes full-length videos produced by Idaho Public Television. Scout Classroom Edition is clips of videos from PBS productions. Why use it?

  • Teachers can create a page (folder) to go with a lesson and share it with students
  • Find lesson plans and activities tied to curriculum standards
  • Search or limit by grade and subject areas

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Scout Classroom Edition Tutorials

Scout Classroom Edition is powered by PBS Learning Media

About World Book Online

What is it? A suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video. Schools will be interested in the following specific tools within World Book Web:

  • World Book Kids – Features content and tools developed especially for young students. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, comparison tools, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.
  • World Book Student – Optimized for iPads, this comprehensive sites includes engaging content, built-in features, and fun tools specifically designed to make knowledge accessible and easy-to-find for all kids in elementary through middle school.
  • World Book Advanced – Designed for high school and college students, it is a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedic, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.
  • World Book Discover – World Book Discover offers compelling resources specifically developed for students reading below grade level due to language or learning difficulties. The rich collection includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, research tools, and interactive videos.
  • World Book Timelines – World Book Timelines offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines across eight broad topics, which cover various time periods in history or span the lives of historical public figures. Users can also create their own timelines from scratch, adding events, descriptions, and media.

Why use it?

  • Citation Builder – in WB Advanced and WB Student – builds a bibliographic citation using the information you have in the citation format you request. Great tool for creating a bibliography from unique resources.
  • Compare Places – in WB Advanced and WB Student – allows user to compare countries in terms of population, outputs, political climate, and more.
  • Behind The Headlines – in WB Advanced and WB Student – provides current events article along with supporting articles from World Book to learn more about the topics addressed.
  • Teaching With Documents – in WB Advanced – Using primary source documents, find lesson plans and teaching activities for a variety of topics from patents to history to environmental issues.
  • Compare Animals – in WB Kids – users can compare animals side-by-side with information about size, diet, abilities, and much more.
  • Curriculum Correlations – in all WB products – Search for Idaho Curriculum Standards, then link directly to World Book content that can be used to meet that particular standard.
  • Web Quests – in all WB products – Print-and-go activities designed to help build students’ foundational knowledge by taking them on grade-range-correlated expeditions through World Book Online. Access them in the Educator Tools at the bottom of each database.

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  • World Book Kids Encyclopedia for students in early grades. Features multimedia, comparison tools, and interactive games and activities for learning.
  • World Book Student Encyclopedia content designed for students in middle grades.
  • World Book Advanced Encyclopedia for high school or new college students. Includes multimedia, e-book center with public domain content, and primary source documents.
  • World Book Discover Designed for high-interest, low reading level content, this tool is useful for new readers of English.

Additional Tutorials for Specialty Functions:

World Book Online Tutorials