Discus - Online Library Resources

Online Library Resources

DISCUS - South Carolina’s Virtual Library provides all South Carolinians with access to an electronic library of essential information resources, through 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 is administered by the South Carolina State Library

DISCUS resources may be accessed from computers that are connected to the Internet at participating libraries and from School and at Home.  If you are accessing these resources from home or office you must use special instructions that may be obtained from the librarian or media specialist at your school.

DISCUS currently provides access to InfoTrac periodical and reference databases: InfoTrac OneFile; Custom Newspapers; LegalTrac; General Reference Center; Expanded Academic ASAP; Business & Company ASAP; Health Reference Center-Academic; Kids Edition; Junior Edition; and Student Edition. These databases include the full text of articles from about 3,100 magazine, newspaper, and professional journal titles; the full text of reference books, pamphlets, and news wire services; basic information on over 150,000 public and private companies; and abstracts of articles from several thousand additional periodical and newspaper titles.

DISCUS also provides access to general encyclopedia and topical databases. Three Grolier Online encyclopedias appropriate for learners of all ages are provided: Encyclopedia Americana Online, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Online, and The New Book of Knowledge Online. SIRS topical databases accessible through DISCUS include: SIRS Knowledge Source (comprised of SIRS Researcher, SIRS Renaissance, SIRS Government Reporter, and SIRS NetSelect) and SIRS Discoverer. These databases cover social, scientific, arts, and other topics, providing full-text articles from a wide variety of sources for a diverse age range of users.

In addition, DISCUS provides access to several GaleNet resources: Biography Resource Center + The Complete Marquis Who's Who, a comprehensive source for biographical information; What Do I Read Next? a guide to recommended fiction and nonfiction for children and adults.

(Note -- At Home a password  is required - Ask your media specialist. If you do not have a Media Specialist, contact the District Media