Dump the Literal Approach to Images

Images do a great job of helping written ideas to be understood. Often, writers search for an image that literally depicts they subject they are discussing. However, an image that directly shows your subject may not be as engaging as one that simply reinforces the idea of what you are writing about.

To learn more, check out this Tech-Talk article about thinking outside the box when choosing images to pair with written content. If you are prompted for a username and password, both are eglibrary.

Read New York Times Articles Online for Free!

Thanks to NOVELNY, all New York State residents now have access to full-text New York Times articles online. Residents can even get today’s articles! Unfortunately, images and the original newspaper layout are not included in the article view.

How do I find today’s articles?

You can get to the New York Times search page directly, or you can find the link with our other digital resources at https://eglibrary.org/digital.

Click on the “advanced search” link just below the box. The next page is full of possible search filters, but we are going skip down to the “search limiters” section to the date area.

By default, the date is set to all dates. Click the “on” button to enter a specific date. Note that the first field is for the day and the second is for the month.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and select “search.”

On the results page, you can scroll down to browse articles or apply the filters shown on the right to refine your results:

Click on the title of an article to read it.

Try it today and let us know what you think in the comments!

How to Write Like a Professional

Wishing you could up your writing game, but you’re not sure where to turn? The folks at Tech-Talk have you covered with this webinar about professional writing.

Learn several “tricks” to ensure your writing is top-notch. Discover what professional editors know that ramps up text to a much higher level. No matter what you’re writing (instructions, reports, email) these techniques will have others impressed with the quality of your prose.

Detecting Email Scams

Have you ever received an email you thought might be dodgy, but couldn’t tell for sure? Given the prevalence of email scams, your instinct is likely correct. But what if that email from your bank is real and requires a response?

The folks at Tech-Talk have written a great article to teach you how to scan the email for clues that it might be a scam. Even if an email passes scrutiny, you may still want to avoid clicking links in the email. If it is from an entity with which you have an account, try typing the site’s known login address into your browser rather than clicking a link.

New Resource: Black Life in America

For the last few weeks, we have been highlighting collections included in the library’s Newsbank subscription. This week’s spotlight is on Black Life in America, a collection of articles that highlights the history of African Americans in the United States as recorded by the news media.

As with most online resources, a keyword search is available if you already know what you’re looking for. If you are just exploring, try one of the suggested searches below the search box:

If you are on a device connected to the library’s network, clicking the link above will take you directly to the unlocked website. If you are not in the library, you will be prompted for your library barcode number. Enter the whole number with no spaces. If your card is rejected, there could be a few reasons:

  • There is a space somewhere in the number entered. Solution: try entering the number again.
  • Your library card has expired. Solution: contact us to renew your card.
  • Your library card is no longer in good standing (too many fines/fees/overdue items). Solution: login to your account and pay any fines/fees accrued. Then try again.
  • You are not a resident of East Greenbush/Schodack. Solution: contact the library where you pay taxes and request Consumer Reports access.
  • You are a resident, but to do not have a resident card. Solution: contact us to prove residency and we will issue a new resident card at no charge.

Got questions? Want to let us know what you think of the service? Please let us know in the comments.