A Quick Overview of AHML’s DatabasesBill PardueArlington Heights Memorial Librarybpardue@ahml.info
What Google Does Visits hundreds of millions of webpages and creates anindex Licenses selected content and learns how to give itpriority over “natural” results. (Weather, stocks, flightinfo) A few cool computational tricks (calculator/converter)
What Google DOESN’T Do Find “hidden” content that’s the result of searches indatabases. Get information that’s only available to subscribers (itmay link…but you can’t read without paying!) Find historical information that hasn’t been madeeasily available to the whole web.
“Hidden” Content Content that only appears as the result of a search…it’snot just “browsable.” The AHML catalog Kelley Blue Book Car Values Illinois Sec. of State business search (URL neverchanges).
What to do? Try searching google more conceptually (“car prices”instead of “1987 Ford Escort with 235,000 miles”) You still need to know specific sources for specific jobs. That’s where the library comes in handy!
The “Databases” page Look for Research/Databases on our menus Leads you to dozens of premium websites for lookingup articles, investment info, health info, etc. Most are available from home/office (with your AHMLusername & password)
Articles Use the Magazine/Newspaper articles category…or startwith the pink box! Finds articles from approximately 85% of our full-textjournals, across multiple databases. Includes some info “beyond” our databases.
Articles (cont’d) Try looking at specific resources Use the Magazine Articles or Newspaper Articlescategories. You may need to skip from source to source.
Articles (cont’d) Top tools: Academic Search Premier MasterFile Premier Student Resources In Context Lexis/Nexis Library Express
Genealogy Use the Genealogy category Ancestry Library Edition (in-library only) HeritageQuest America’s Obituaries & Death Notices
Business Tools Use the Business category. Top tools: ReferenceUSA: massive phone/business directory Business Source Premier Lexis/Nexis Company Dossier
Investment Tools Use the Investments Category: MorningStar ValueLine Standard & Poor’s
Health Tools Use the Health category. Health & Wellness Resource Center Consumer’s Checkbook