Discus

All the resources on this page were paid for by the State Library and/or State Library Funding. 

South Carolina's Virtual Library, is a collection of electronic resources administered by the South Carolina State Library. Use the links below to access DISCUS, which includes general encyclopedias, newspapers, periodicals, biographical, business, and health information for all age groups. Please contact a Saluda County Library staff member for the current username and password required to use these databases from your home or office. More about DISCUS

Some sites require username & password. Please contact library.

Britannica Databases

 

 Britannica Library: Access for all ages to three encyclopedia levels: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for high school students and adults. 

Escolar:  Spanish elementary encyclopedia for early readers of Spanish for students aged 7-12.

OverDrive:  The Saluda County Library has expanded its services to now include e-books and downloadable audiobooks! The service is free to all library card holders. Simply click on the link below to browse the collection, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices. Users will need to install free software. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod®, Sony® Reader™, and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees! Get started today!

CultureGrams

Culture Grams:  Country reports that provide snapshots of the world’s cultures.

BrainPOP Jr.

BrainPOP Jr.:  Fun video and learning activities that engage young learners for K-grade 3.

Gale Databases

Nursing Resource Center:  Collection of core content from recognized reference, textbook, and journal publications in the nursing field. For nursing students at vocational / technical high schools, colleges, and universities.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context:  Database of contemporary social issues with content structured to promote critical-thinking skills and information literacy for middle school through adults.

Kids InfoBITS:  Articles, pictures, and reference information on all subjects. For students in kindergarten through 5th grades.

Biography in Context:  Comprehensive source for biographical information for all ages.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference:  More than 600 full-text reference books on most major subject areas. For middle school students through adults.

EbscoHost

 Student Research Center: Middle School:  Information for middle school students on many topics from magazines, newspapers, books and more. 

Student Research Center: High School: Information for high school sutdents on many topics from magazines, newspapers, books and more. 

EBSCOhost Research Databases:  A platform that allows the user to search multiple EBSCO databases at once. For middle school students through adults.

Searchasaurus:  Information on many topics from magazines and books for elementary school students.

Points of View Reference Center:  Database containing essays and articles that present multiple sides of current issues. For middle school students through adults.

Consumer Health Complete:  Designed for the everyday health care consumer and contains easily understandable health and medical information. For high school students through adults.

NovelList K-8 Plus:  Resource for helping students find their next great fiction or nonfiction title to read. For elementary and middle school students and educators.

NovelList Plus:  Resource of fiction and nonfiction titles to guide readers in finding their next title to read. For all ages.

Auto Repair Reference Center:  Comprehensive collection of automobile repair information. For high school students through adults.

       

Bloom's Literature: Comprehensive literary source for middle school students through adults for researching writers and their works throughout history and the world. 

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center:  Complete career research database of jobs, skills, and resources, for high school students through adults. 

LearningExpress Library: Collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and other career and life skills resources; for elementary school students through adults; requires free registration with LearningExpress.
 We are pleased to announce that we now offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system to our patrons.

Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. 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.

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. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®.

We are thrilled to join the growing list of libraries across the country that offer Mango to their patrons! Some people need to learn a second language for business or travel. Others want to for personal or professional development. No matter the reason, learning a language should be fun. With Mango, it definitely is!

Click here to try it out! http://connect.mangolanguages.com/saluda-county/start    
 

The South Carolina State Library is providing a two year subscription to TumbleBooks for all South Carolina public libraries!

 

The TumbleBooks collection includes over 500 fiction and non-fiction animated and talking story, and chapter books.  Also included in the collection are French and Spanish books found in the 'Language Learning' area as well as National Geographic videos, puzzles, games, and  songs; all resources designed to teach children the joy of reading and learning.  South Carolina public library patrons have unlimited access to TumbleBooks from computers or mobile devices so this great resource can be used in the library, at home, or on the go.  Users of the NOOK, Kindle Fire, iPads, and iPod touch users should all automatically redirect to 'TumbleBookLibrary: For iPads and Mobile Devices' for an easy user experience.