You can’t google this

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You can’t google this

  1. 1. A Quick Overview of AHML’s DatabasesBill PardueArlington Heights Memorial Librarybpardue@ahml.info
  2. 2. 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)
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. “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).
  5. 5. 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!
  6. 6. 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)
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. Articles (cont’d) Try looking at specific resources Use the Magazine Articles or Newspaper Articlescategories. You may need to skip from source to source.
  9. 9. Articles (cont’d) Top tools: Academic Search Premier MasterFile Premier Student Resources In Context Lexis/Nexis Library Express
  10. 10. Genealogy Use the Genealogy category Ancestry Library Edition (in-library only) HeritageQuest America’s Obituaries & Death Notices
  11. 11. Business Tools Use the Business category. Top tools: ReferenceUSA: massive phone/business directory Business Source Premier Lexis/Nexis Company Dossier
  12. 12. Investment Tools Use the Investments Category: MorningStar ValueLine Standard & Poor’s
  13. 13. Health Tools Use the Health category. Health & Wellness Resource Center Consumer’s Checkbook
  14. 14. Miscellaneous! P4A (antique prices) Alldata/Chilton Library (auto repair) Mango/Visual Thesaurus (language skills)
  15. 15. Need help? Contact us!(Google can’t do that, either…) Call (847-392-0100) Visit Chat help 24/7

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