Washington State History Online

It’s true that Sno-Isle Libraries owns a nice collection of books on both local and state history. However, it is often the case that these books cannot leave the library, or do not cover certain events that may have occurred more recently. It’s in cases like this where HistoryLink.org can save the day!

Whether a student is seeking information for a school project, or a life-long learner is curious to learn about their community’s history, HistoryLink can help! Users are offered an easy-to-use search interface, which also allows one to filter by location, time that an event occurred, and various topic categories. Also included is a timeline feature (found in the Explore tab), which provides an excellent visual representation of our state’s history.

Users and Library staff alike can rest assured that the information found on HistoryLink is vetted, comprehensive, and reliable. This online encyclopedia is curated by real historians, who not only cite their sources, but also incorporate primary source materials into their articles. This is especially relevant for histories of the Native Peoples of Washington State. To learn more about HistoryLink, see their About section.

Happy Searching!

Rickey Barnett–Research Team

24/7 Writing Lab

“Can you just take a look at this and tell me if it’s okay?” What do you do when a customer wants you to proofread a piece of writing? Proofreading and editing is outside of our purview, but many customers ask us to do this type of work for them. Luckily, we have a resource for this very thing in Online Learning.

What is the Brainfuse 24/7 Writing Lab?

The Adult Learning Center offers two types of writing assistance for business and personal needs: live assistance from expert writing tutors and the 24/7 Writing Lab. The 24/7 Writing Lab is ideal when an extended analysis is required and the writing is more than 1-2 pages. Brainfuse 24/7 Writing Lab is designed to help users produce a better written work through targeted, structured feedback. Users submit documents through a secure file sharing portal and check for document return status on the personalized and secure Message Center.

When should I use the live writing assistance?

Use live, writing assistance when there is a need for immediate help. Users may also want to connect with writing tutors to work through the initial stages of the writing process, discuss writing strategies, or to brainstorm themes and topics.
(Adapted from Brainfuse FAQs)

2(xy + 9) – 4x = There’s A Resource For That

Online college classes, exams and certifications are just a few of the ways adult learners can benefit from using the internet. But without a classroom or an instructor they can see on a regular basis (or at all) – who helps these students when they need it?

Sno-Isle supports lifelong learners through its subscription to Brainfuse: Adult Learning Center. Found on the Online Learning page https://www.sno-isle.org/onlinelearning, the Adult Learning Center offers tutoring, a writing lab, academic coaching and more. And like its partner Brainfuse HelpNow for kids, it offers the assistance live online.

I don’t know who feels better when I assure my customers that I’m not the one who will help them with their Algebra – me or them. Instead, I refer them to the vetted tutors of the Adult Learning Center – who are waiting to do what I cannot.

Students + Sno-Isle Libraries = academic success.