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Dec. 2018  

  Homework help: e-resources now easier to access for students, educators

It is now easier to access South Dakota State Library electronic resources, or databases, from home or anywhere outside of a library or school building. A new service called GeoIP provides "click and go" access regardless of location, so that South Dakota residents have the same access off-campus/at home as they would have inside schools.

In the past, students had instant “click & go” access at school because districts are set up with IP authentication with the State Library. Then at home or off campus, students needed to use their school’s e-card to access those same databases. While school libraries will continue to be hard-wired for easy in-school access and the State Library e-card is still available as a backup, the new, seamless GeoIP access will provide greater accessibility for teachers creating lesson plans and students doing homework at home or anywhere in South Dakota.

The State Library’s new GeoIP service provides "click and go" access regardless of location. As long as users are physically located within the borders of South Dakota, they no longer need a State Library e-card log-in when accessing databases outside of school. For more information, visit the State Library's GeoIP webpage.

The State Library’s e-resources (also referred to as ‘databases’ or ‘online resources’) are a large, free collection of more than 50 databases for research, reading and inquiry. This is the direct link to the K-12 databases broken down by elementary, middle and high school level.

Here are printable resources that can be used to promote the databases among students and parents:

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