What is an eResource?
An eResource is information placed in an electronic filing system, or database, that can be searched using a computer. It consists of articles or references from numerous magazines, journals, newspapers or reference books which have been digitally scanned and stored.
You can look for information that has been stored in a database by typing the author, title, subject, keyword, or other search term into a search box.
How do I use an eResource?
- Visit the YRL eResources page
- Visit the eResources tab of the TRACpac catalogue
Go to the eResources tab on any YRL member library's website
What are the advantages of eResources?
- eResources consist of information that has been organized, categorized and stored to give easy access to copyright reliable information, not usually found free on the Internet through a search engine such as Google.
- Information has been written by experts in the field or by writers who have conducted research to enable them to write authoritative, accurate articles.
- Information is current and accurate, since new journal and magazines are added to the databases soon after being published.
Full text - The whole article has been stored within the database, and you can retrieve it and print or e-mail the whole article.
Bibliographic reference - Rather than a whole article, you are provided with the title, author, magazine / journal /book title, magazine volume and page number, publisher and publishing date. If you wish to read the whole article, email an interlibrary loan request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract - An abstract is a brief summary of a magazine/journal article.
Scholarly - This is articles authored by academics for a target audience that is mainly academic.
Peer reviewed - An article is said to be peer reviewed if it goes through an official editorial process that involves review and approval by the author’s peers (people who are experts in the same subject area as the author). Most scholarly publications are peer reviewed.
YRL offers a number of eResources to its member libraries and their users. Some are available through the TRACpac catalogue, however, there are a few that are only available through YRL's or the local library's website. The eResources that are in TRACpac are harmonized across the consortium; those that are outside of the catalogue are made available exclusively to YRL member libraries.
The Alberta Library (TAL) licenses a group of eResources on behalf of its members in a service called Subscriptions Alberta. YRL has participated in Subscriptions Alberta on behalf of our member municipalities and their public libraries since its inception in 2002. The comprehensive eResources included in Subscriptions Alberta Core offer a wealth of reliable, credible information to library users across Alberta. A valid library card from a YRL member public library is required. YRL has also taken advantage of the opportunity to subscribe to additional eResources offered by TAL, ones that are not part of the Subscriptions Alberta Core.
Users can search the catalogue and many eResources in one search using an integrated search "Search eResources" tab at www.tracpac.ab.ca.