DISCUS is South Carolina's Virtual Library, providing all South Carolinians with equitable access to an electronic library of essential information sources. DISCUS is administered by the South Carolina State Library in cooperation with school, college and public libraries. DISCUS is funded by the South Carolina General Assembly with supplemental funding by the federal Library Services and Technology Act. DISCUS includes Gale Group, Grolier and SIRS database produucts on a variety of subject areas and age levels.
NewsBank is a service of the Beaufort County Public Library System (and not a part of the DISCUS databases), with full-text articles on a wide range of topics from over 500 U.S. regional and national newspapers and media sources.The maps feature allows users to print out maps (political and physical) of the nations of the world and the 50 United States
Instructions for free access to both DISCUS and NewsBank are available to registered borrowers of the Beaufort County Public Library System at all five library locations. Public school media centers and college libraries also provide DISCUS remote access to the clients.
Click on the logo below for the complete selection of online databses available free of charge to our registered library borrowers:
Select a tutorial:
The South Carolina State Library provides additional
DISCUS training and instructional tools
Searching "Name contains" gives
the biggest number of hits (over 40 for "Hemingway"),
but the results often overwhelm students if full name ("Ernest
Hemingway") is not entered.
Facts Search" - Perfect for assignments with no
specific name, but which identify people by nationality,
ethnicity, gender, or occupation (use the "View Occupation
List" link for full list of terms). For example, entering
Occupation = inventor and Ethnicity = "African American"
finds 34 hits.
Other Useful Features of Biography Resource Center:
Includes signed essays (15-20 pages in length) on
more than 1,600 authors and literary genres drawn from 13
Scribner print series. Sources are fully cited.
Author Search by "Name contains/Start of last
name" - Search here as with Biography Resource
A hyperlink in each author entry connects to a short biography
from Contemporary Authors.
Useful Features of What
Do I Read Next?:
Search allows limiting by date range and full
At the top of each page of search results, you will see five tabs that allow you to choose the most appropriate type of material:
Entries from encyclopedias and other health/medical
Other Useful Features of Heath and Wellness Resource Center:
InfoTrac databases are a set of Gale Group products that
provide periodical and reference-source information. They
have several search and interface features in common (see
options). Here are brief
descriptions of each InfoTrac database:
Edition provides middle school students with magazines,
newspapers and reference books (most are full-text) for
information on current events, the arts, science, popular
culture, health, people, government, history, sports and
other popular topics.
General Business File ASAP -- Analyze company performance
and activity, industry events and trends as well as the
latest in management, economics and politics. Access to
a combination of broker research reports, trade publications,
newspapers, journals and company directory listings with
full text and images available.
Worth a Glance: The InfoTrac OneFile and LegalTrac databases may also come in handy for certain types of assignment.
Relevance Search finds articles in which your search
terms or similar terms appear most substantially, in title,
citation, abstract or in entire article content.
"Search Grolier Online" (lower right of screen) - "Titles only" option retrieves articles by the specific title specified. "Full text" locates your search terms in articles with other titles. Please note: The Global Search Results are a list by encyclopedia name source (Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, New Book of Knowledge, or Encyclopedia Americana) , to allow browsing of the various matches according to your students' research needs or age/reading level.
Useful Features of
Grolier Encyclopedia Main Menu:
Search - Just enter your search terms in the box provided
on the opening page. Please note:
Explore the Multimedia elements (graphics and sound) and
options for maps (and various topics), periodicals, Web
links and print/e-mail in the right margin of GME article
pages. You must have Quick Time 4.0 plug-in to enjoy the
provide current-event topics for young children.
Other Useful Features of NBK News:
may use either the "Quick Search" option or
the "Advanced Search" with Boolean (AND,
OR, NOT) operators.
Useful Features of
"Facts at a Glance" selections at top of article pages, as well as links to "Magazine" and "Web Links" resources on the topic.
-- Basic searches may be limited to "Article
Titles," "Full Text," and "Journal Titles,"
or expanded to an Advanced Search.
Other Useful Features of Encyclopedia Americana:
each article page, note links to tables, further readings,
periodical resources, Web links, and related encyclopedia
Search -- To search for a text string (like "space
junk"), surround it in double quotes. Users
may expand search with Boolean operators: "space and
(junk or garbage)." Please
note: From the individual article entries,
click yellow "apple" icon for Library of
Congress Subject headings (space debris) to use in Subject
Searches (for more focused results than keyword searching).
Other Useful Features of SIRS Discoverer:
Researcher ® (General Reference)
WebSelect (Selected Internet Sites) Please
note:These items appear
Other Useful Features of SIRS Knowledge Source:
Group Resource Centers:
Resource Center (BRC); Health & Wellness Resource Center
(HWRC), email data as an HTML page or as plain text,
but no graphics.
InfoTrac: text only, from citation up to full text (if provided), but no graphics.
Knowledge Source (SKS) and Discoverer can email text alone or with graphics.
Some DISCUS resources have special printing options. Special PDF files, in many cases, look almost exactly like a photocopy of the original materials. In order to view and print PDF (portable document format) files, Adobe Acrobat® Reader must be installed on your computer. The Reader can be downloaded free of charge from Adobe's Web site at http://www.adobe.com|
Group Resource Centers:
BRC and WDIRN provide a "Format for Printing"
option which removes the side menu to conserve paper.
InfoTrac: Articles are available in PDF which can save paper by printing several columns on a page in a smaller font than the "Browser Print" which merely removes the menu bar. Articles with graphics or charts should be printed in PDF for best quality, as graphics do not always appear clearly in the "Browser Print."
EA, GME, and NBK each offer a Print/Email button so you can select portions of an article to print, up to the entire article, but if graphics are present, you must click on each image if you wish to enlarge it or have the option to print the graphic alone. PDF files are not available in any of these databases.
Workbooks are available in PDF or HTML. All maps have
the option of "printable PDF" for a cleaner print
out of the image, sized to fit on standard size printer
Group Resource Centers:
BRC: In the "Table of Contents" of each article, click on "Source Citation" link for that particular item.
HWRC: Go to "Help" then "Citing Works
from HWRC" to see samples of standard formats.
InfoTrac: While in Junior Edition, click on "Tool Box" and choose link to " Cite a Source." Click on "Teacher Toolbox" in the Kid's InfoBits database to access the citation guide. For all other InfoTrac databases, choose "Help" then "Help Index" and under "What do you need?" find the link for "How do I cite an article?" which gives examples in standard formats: APA, and MLA.
At the bottom of the article text, choose link "Format
for Bibliographic Citation." Samples are given.
SIRS Knowledge Source: Click on "Cite" in the right of the upper menu bar for general format.
SIRS Discoverer: Click on "How to Cite" at bottom of the screen.
NBK: In the "NBK News" feature, the red apple
icon indicates that a include lesson plan accompanies the
for past entries by topic in the "NBK News Archives."
SIRS Discoverer: A red a indicates that an article includes a related activity. ALSO: In the "Database Features" section of the home page, click on "Activities" for a list by topic and type.
by the Beaufort County Public Library System, and not
a part of DISCUS)
NewsBank America's Newspapers database provides full-text articles on a wide range of topics from over 200 U.S. exclusive newspaper titles and media sources, including The State (Columbia, SC). Find the electronic editions of record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers--all in one easy-to-search database. Each paper provides unique coverage of local and regional news, including companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and people in the community. Paid ads are excluded.
Click on the Amrica's Newspapers link in the center of the home page to begin your search.
The basic search
interface allows you perform Keyword (simple) searches
(you may also select the Advanced Search link for
advanced searches). On the Keyword search page, you
may also choose result lists arranged by "Best matches
first" (relevance) or "Most recent matches
first." You may also limit your search by Date.
Resources" in NewsBank America's Newspapers
Topics" and special reports keep readers
up to date on current events.
comments on this web site to firstname.lastname@example.org.