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Library Help

This page is to help you use the library so that you can get the most out of the educational materials available.

Homepage

Subject Resources

Featured Resource Collections

Latest News

The Visitors Menu

Switching Languages

Searching

Viewing, Downloading, Printing and Sharing Resources

Sharing Resources with the Library

Adding a Subject to the Library

Homepage

The website homepage includes multiple tools that will help you access the resources and use the best of the library directly from the homepage. The main sections included in the homepage are: Subject Resources, Featured Resource Collections and Latest News.

Subject Resources

The first thing you will see on the homepage is a collection of subject categories. You can click any of these subjects to access resources in those collections. For example, click on Computer Science or Geometry subject links to access educational resources in those subjects.

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Featured Resource Collections

To serve you better, we bundled our resources, taking resources across different subjects, and also making them available under separate collections. You can click any of these collections to browse the resources associated with them. For example, you can click Books and Articles to access all books and articles in our library, or Children Reading to access all resources we have for children, regardless of what subject they’re in.

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Latest News

You can read the latest news and updates about the library in this section. The Latest News block can be found in the right sidebar in the main page or alternatively, you can access all News in the library by clicking the News menu item in the main menu.

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The Visitors Menu

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After you have logged into the website, you will see the the Visitors menu. This menu grants you access to the online library and this Help section. Under this menu, you may also submit your own educational resources to be published in the Library.

  • Selecting the My account link will take you to your user profile. Your user profile contains all of the account information you submitted upon registration. You can: update your account information, change or update your password, select which language you would prefer to view the website in, update your contact details and choose the timezone you live in.
  • Selecting Submit a Resource to the Library will take you to the form to submit content to the library, whether your own or a resource you have found and think should be in the Library. Once you have filled out the form, you can save it for review. The librarians will be notified of your submission and may send you questions regarding the resource you sent. Make sure to review our copyright guidelines before submitting your resource.
  • Clicking on The Library takes you to the main library where you can review  resources in the different subject collections. You can browse the entire collection, or choose a specific subject by selecting from the subject menu in the search bar. When you first come to this page, resources will appear in the order that they were added to the Library, with the most recent resources appearing at the top. Each page can display up to 50 resources. To go to the next page and see the next 50 resources, use the arrows at the bottom of each page.
  • Choosing Library Help will bring you to this page. You're here right now!
  • Copyright Guidelines link will help you choose the most appropriate copyright for the resource you are uploading. You can read this section to learn what is copyright, what are available copyright options and how to use them for you knowledge.
  • Clicking on Logout will end your time on the website until you login again.

Switching Languages

The Darakht-e Danesh library is currently available in three languages: EnglishDari, and Pashto. In order to switch between these languages, you may select the language from the top right hand corner of the website. These language links are provided on all pages of the website so you can easily switch between languages if you like.

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If the page or resource is available in all languages, the language link will appear orange. If a page does not have a translation available, the link will appear white and with a line through it.

If you find a page or file resource that is not translated into your language, let us know by contacting us. You can also join our Volunteer Translators program to help expand the collection in your language.

Searching

When you go to The library, the search bar at the top allows users to search for  resources in the language you are viewing the website. You can switch to Dari and Pashto languages to search resources in those languages.

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To search for a resource, type the keywords you are looking for into the search bar at the top of the page. Once you have entered the keywords, click the search button. The website will then provide you with a list of everything it found based on your keywords.

You can further refine your search by selecting additional filters from the other fields in the search feature. You can choose one or more subject collections to narrow your search to, you can specify the type of resource from the choices in the menu,  and you can also specify the level of the resource, such as searching only resources for primary level or only for higher education. Remember, you can choose as many or as few filters as you like. This depends on whether you are looking for a very specific kind of resource, or whether you prefer to browse and check what’s available.

You may also be looking for a specific resource, perhaps one you found before in the Library. You can search for a resource by its title by writing the title in the search bar.

Alternatively, if you want to do a general search in any of the three languages available in our library, you can choose to perform that from the main page or from the search bar in the right sidebar of The Library page.

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Viewing, Downloading, Printing and Sharing Resources

When you click on the title of a resource from the main Library page, you will see a list of information that helps classify that resource. This information includes: the level (the grade or age level the resource is best used for), the subject, the type of resource, the publisher, and the language. After that basic information classifying the resource, you will see a heading called Attachment. Clicking the file beneath this heading opens the resource for you. In addition, at the bottom is shown which user (registered DDL account holder) submitted the resource, as well as how the resource is licensed.

When you open an attachment from a resource listing in the Library, the resource will appear in your browser. You can scroll through it, read it that way, or you can choose to download the file to your own computer to save a copy for yourself. To do this, click the Download icon from the top right corner of the page:

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You can navigate back to the Library and the last page you were on by clicking the Back button on your browser.

If you found a resource you would like to share with others, such as by posting it on your Facebook page, sharing on Twitter, or simply letting a friend know by email, you can copy and paste the link from the URL field in your browser. Even if the person you share the resource with does not have an account on DDL, they will be able to view the resource. However, in order to download and save the resource, they will need to open a DDL account. Luckily, it’s easy and free!

Sharing Resources with the Library

We encourage users to share their own content to help develop the library’s collection. This may be a resource you created yourself, or it may be a resource you found created by someone else that you think would add value to the DD Library. To send us something, use the Submit a Resource to the Library feature under the Visitor Menu. Fill out all the fields under each step. Some fields are mandatory and these are designated by a red star. Other fields are optional. Try to provide as much information as you can about the resource you’re sharing with us. This helps us determine where in the Library it should go, whether it’s allowed in the Library (please refer to the Copyright Help section for this), whether it meets our Collection Development policies, and to properly acknowledge the original creator and publisher, if relevant.

Adding a Subject to the Library

Is the subject you’re searching for not in the Library? We’re sorry about that, but the good news is that the Library grows a little every day, and it may be available soon. Users are invited to let us know what subjects they would like to see in the Library, and we will do our best to add them. If you have a resource you want to submit to the Library but there is currently no subject it fits into, you can select the option to suggest a new subject when you use the Submit a Resource to the Library feature.

"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." ~ Socrates
"If your tree brings the fruit of knowledge / it shall bring the sky down to the earth” - Nasir Khusraw (1004 – 1088 AD)
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. -- Herbert Spencer
Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. -- Hadith
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ― William Arthur Ward
Asking good questions is half of learning. -- Sufi saying
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. ― Aristotle
Enlightenment must come little by little-otherwise it would overwhelm. -- Idries Shah
We were scared. But school was where we wanted to be. -- Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Afghan education activist
Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim, male and female. -- Hadith
Education is a living treasure for all humankind. ~ Ehsan Ullah, Founder, Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies
I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
A teacher is a candle that burns to enlighten others. ~ Afghan proverb
There is a path to the top of the highest mountain. ~ Afghan proverb
Drop by drop a river is made. ~ Afghan proverb
We should all attempt to acquire as much knowledge as possible in order that we may render our services to society in the manner of the women of early Islam. -- Queen Soraya of Afghanistan, 1926
If you learn even one word more than yesterday, you will be totally a different person.