Whether you're using our online resources for the first time or just need a refresher course, you'll love these Niche Academy tutorials!
Explore guides to using library resources, such as OverDrive's collections of eBooks, eAudio, and eMagazines, as well as our fun reading challenge platform Beanstack that lets you keep track of what you read--and listen to! You can also brush up on popular and useful Google apps and get more comfortable with social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Types of Tutorials
Databases, opens a new window
Take a deep dive into many of the databases we offer through our website's A-Z Resource listings. Each tutorial has introductions to the database and "getting started" sections, as well as details on how to use certain database features. Try tutorials for AncestryLibrary, Early Learning from World Book Encyclopedia, Gale Legal Forms, and more!
Google Apps, opens a new window
Get the most out of Google through these tutorials on its many apps, which include how to use Gmail and Google Docs, as well as working with Google Photos.
Social Media Platforms, opens a new window
Is there a new platform you'd like to try--or do you want to understand the ones you're using better? If you're interested in creating your own account on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter, these tutorials will walk you through with step-by-step directions, including how to download the apps through Apple and Android stores.
Beanstack - Reading Challenge Platform, opens a new window
Need help setting up an account or logging your books? Niche Academy's tutorial gives a helpful introduction. The tutorial also has instructions on how to download the Beanstack app, opens a new window, which lets you keep track of your reading (and listening).
Track Your Learning If You Wish
You can either jump in and start learning right away, or you can create a personal account that allows you to see which tutorials you've started and how far you've progressed. You just need to provide your name and email address and create a password. You will not need a library card to access these tutorials. Neither Niche Academy nor Central Rappahannock Regional Library will access or track your learning progress.
Watch How You Want
Watching a tutorial is easy--all you have to do is open one! If you want things to move a little more quickly, you can change the speed, and, in case you have a device that doesn’t process 1080p, you can adjust the video quality. Please note that all Niche Academy tutorials are equipped with closed captioning for greater accessibility.