Salem Press: 24/7 Resources for Students

As the semester begins to draw to a close, your library can be a great research resource for those school projects and papers looming on the horizon! In addition to the great new online learning tools we added to our website this fall, we also want to remind you of our older-but-no-less awesome tools. For example, if you’re a high school or college student, did you know you can research your papers anytime, anywhere with Salem Press Online?

Salem Press Online provides full 24/7 online access to its high quality reference works — search through the databases to access information about milestone documents, great lives and great works, as well as medical treatments and  health conditions. (Professor prefers print? Non-circulating print versions of these works can be found in our reference collection during regular library hours).

To access Salem Press Online, visit our website, bristollib.com. Or click the icons shown below. If you are outside the library, you will need to sign in with your valid 14-digit Bristol library card number.  Simply click the “remote access” button at the bottom of the Salem Press “Welcome” page, as shown below:
Salem Press remote access screen
Then enter you library card in the blank:
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What’s available to Bristol patrons through Salem Press Online? Lots!

Salem Press Health
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  • Complementary & Alternative Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases & Conditions
  • Magill’s Medical Guide
  • Psychology and Mental Health
  • Salem Health: Cancer

Salem Press History
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  • Encyclopedia of American Immigration
  • Great Athletes
  • Great Events from History: The Middle Ages, 477-1453
  • Great Events from History: Renaissance & Early Modern Era, 1454-1600
  • Great Lives from History: Inventors & Inventions
  • Great Lives from History: The Ancient World, Prehistory-476 c.e.
  • Great Lives from History: The Middle Ages
  • Great Lives from History: Renaissance & Early Modern Era, 1454-1600
  • Milestone Documents in African American History
  • Milestone Documents in World History
  • Milestone Documents of American Leaders
  • Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century
  • Survey of American Industry & Careers
  • The Twenties in America
  • The Thirties in America
  • The Forties in America
  • The Fifties in America
  • The Sixties in America
  • The Seventies in America

Salem Press Literature
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  • Critical Insights: John Steinbeck
  • Critical Insights: Mark Twain
  • Critical Insights: Stephen King
  • Critical Insights: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Critical Insights: The Great Gatsby
  • Critical Insights: The Red Badge of Courage
  • Critical Insights: The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Critical Insights: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: American Poets
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: British, Irish, & Commonwealth Poets
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: European Poets
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: World Poets
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: Topical Essays
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: Cumulative Indexes
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: American Writers
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: British, Irish & Commonwealth Writers
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: European Writers
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: World Writers
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: Topical Essays
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: Cumulative Indexes

Salem Press Science
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  • Applied Science
  • Earth Science: Earth’s Surface and History
  • Earth Science: Physics and Chemistry of the Earth
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, Revised Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Global Warming
  • The Solar System

Questions? Concerns? Confusion? Contact us at 860-584-7787 x2017.

Yes, We Can Help You Fix Your Car

Auto Repair Reference CenterWe get many calls for car repair manuals, so we know some of you are trying to save money by servicing or repairing your own vehicles. We want to remind you that Auto Repair Reference Center is a free online service accessible with your valid 14-digit Bristol Library card that gives you access to information on tens of thousands of vehicles from 1954 to present — everything from drawings and step-by-step photographs to technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer to wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing and maintenance schedules.

To access Auto Repair Reference Center just visit our Reference services page and click on ARRC icon.  (If you access the database from outside the library, you will be prompted for your Bristol library card number). Then choose the year, make, and model of the vehicle you are interested in (for example: 2000, Dodge, Neon).

Start Signing!

Signing Savvy LogoSigning Savvy, an online American Sign Language (ASL) learning resource, is now accessible from our website, bristollib.com, with your valid Bristol library card. Just visit our website and select the icon shown to the right. You will need to sign in to Signing Savvy with your 14-digit library card number and then create a username and password of your own.

Signing Savvy contains several thousand high-resolution videos of ASL signs, finger-spelled words and other common signs used within the U.S. and Canada. It also includes the ability to build your own word lists, share lists with others, create virtual flash cards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases, and more.

You can browse Signing Savvy by categories such as letters, numbers, colors, animals, finger spelling, world geography and more. Signing Savvy also includes articles and information that can help anyone learn ASL or improve their existing skills.

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Want to learn on the go? No problem! Download the free Signing Savvy Member App from the App Store or Google Play and sign in to it with your Signing Savvy username and password to search for and view thousands of high-quality sign videos, build your own vocabulary word lists, view other members shared word lists, and much more … just like the website.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us at 860-584-7787 x2017.  We’re very excited to offer Signing Savvy to our patrons and want you to have the best experience possible with it. We will be offering walk-in help sessions on:

  • Thursday Sept 20, 6 – 7:30
  • Monday October 1, 3 – 4:30
  • Saturday October 13, 2 – 3:30

We’re not promising you’ll be as savvy as Stephen Torrence in the video below, but you should gain a good understanding of American Sign Language and be able to communicate more fluently.

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¡El que habla dos lenguas vale por dos!

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” — Frank Smith

Have you been wanting to learn a new language, or perhaps want to brush up on a language you haven’t used in a while, but thought you didn’t have the time or money for classes? We can help with that! We now offer the online language learning tool, Transparent Language Online from Recorded Books, which is freely accessible anywhere with an Internet connection and your valid library card number.

From Albanian to Zulu, and dozens in between, you can choose the language you are interested in and begin cruising through lessons right away! Native speakers of Spanish, Polish, Chinese, and many other languages can also access English language learning modules.

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To access Transparent Language Online, visit our website, bristollib.com and select the icon shown above. You will need to sign in to Transparent Language Online with your 14-digit library card number and then create a username and password of your own.

Want to learn while you travel or commute? Byki Mobile allows you to take Transparent Language Online learning “on the go” with your Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Android powered device. There is no charge. All you need is Byki for iPhone or Android, which are free in the App Store and Google Play.

When you log in to the site and create your personalized username and password, you can choose to “Go Mobile” and follow the three steps shown to download and run the app.

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Don’t hesitate to contact us at 860-584-7787 x2017 with your questions. We’re very excited to offer Transparent Language to our patrons and want you to have the best experience possible with it. We will be offering walk-in help sessions on:

  • Thursday Sept 20, 6 – 7:30
  • Monday October 1, 3 – 4:30
  • Saturday October 13, 2 – 3:30

¡El que habla dos lenguas vale por dos! The person who speaks two languages is worth two!