Introduction to New Databases


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The slide show from our class on August 26th, 2009, Introduction to New Databases

Find out what the Baldwin Public Library has to offer both in new resources, and some new tips and tricks for our other resources

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Introduction to New Databases

  1. 1. Introduction to New Databasesat the Baldwin Public LibraryAugust 26, 2009<br />How to access databases from home:<br /><ul><li>Go to:
  2. 2. Find the database that you want:
  3. 3. You can use the subject catagories at the top to guide you
  4. 4. Or try the a-z databases list. You can go directly to that list by going to:
  5. 5. Click on the link for that databases
  6. 6. Type in your library barcode and pin number
  7. 7. If you have an Alternate ID, make sure that you enter it in all CAPITALS
  8. 8. Voila! You’re at the database</li></ul>Great New Databases:<br /><ul><li>Mango Language: Learn a new language from the comfort of your own home
  9. 9. Favorite Feature: In addition to courses, try out the translation feature. Translate simple phrases into other languages.
  10. 10. Favorite Feature: You can learn without logging in, but if you create an account, you can save and track your progress
  11. 11. Booklist Online: Get book reviews, search for books, and learn about upcoming books
  12. 12. Favorite Feature: Check out their RSS feeds, you can find out book news from home automatically
  13. 13. Favorite Feature: Click on “Media” at the top and find out all about great Audiobooks, both from a plot point of view, and from a listening point of view.
  14. 14. Literature Resource Center: Find out about your favorite books and authors with author biographies and literary criticism
  15. 15. Favorite Feature: Having a hard time reading so much on the computer? Click on the “Read Speaker” link to have the article read to you. You can even download it as an MP3 and put it on your iPod.
  16. 16. Pearl’s Picks: Get a list of 10 of Pearl’s favorite books each month to help guide your reading
  17. 17. Favorite Feature: The books reviewed aren’t always new. A lot are older titles that you can easily find available in the library, even when all our new books are checked out
  18. 18. What Do I Read Next: Pick out what you like in a book, and get recommendations of similar books.
  19. 19. Favorite Feature: Find Read-a-Likes of your favorite books. Did you love The Time Traveler’s Wife? Look it up and find out books like it.
  20. 20. Favorite Feature: Find out about series. If you just finished Dead Until Dark and your want to know what comes next in the Sookie Stackhouse series just click on the “Series Record” and get a list.</li></ul>Lois Griffin & Kathryn Bergeron Adult Services Librarians 248/ Kathryn.Bergeron@baldwinlib.orgPresentation Slides Available at:<br />Ten Other Great Databases:<br /><ul><li>ValueLine Research Center: Get your ValueLine information from home, on your computer
  21. 21. Favorite Feature: New to ValueLine? Try the ValueLine Educational Videos. The link is on your left from the homepage
  22. 22. Michigan Legal Forms: Get premade legal forms and documents to use and modify
  23. 23. Favorite Feature: Download the legal forms to get them as a word document. Then you can either print them out, or fill them out on your own computer
  24. 24. Michigan Newspapers: Covers a variety of statewide and local publications from Michigan. Search them individually or all together.
  25. 25. Related Database: Try our database for the Detroit Free Press as well. It includes several years worth of full-text articles from the newspaper
  26. 26. Favorite Feature: Didn’t catch last week’s copy of the Birmingham Bloomfield Eagle? Click on the link, and you can browse through a list of articles from that issue, then read the ones you want in full text.
  27. 27. Antiques Reference: Compare the prices of other antiques sold at auction to those you have in your home
  28. 28. Favorite Feature: Not sure how your item is listed? Check out the Table of Contents for better searching
  29. 29. Novelist: Get suggested reading and author read-a-likes to guide your book search
  30. 30. Favorite Feature: Look at the Suggested Reading Lists on the left. Click on your age-group or on “Recommended Reads”. Pick your genre and find a list of wonderful books.
  31. 31. Ferguson’s Career Guidance: Get information to help you during your career search
  32. 32. Favorite Feature: The Skills section will help you in all kinds of situations from interviewing to resumes
  33. 33. Consumer Reports Online: Find out appliance ratings from the comfort of your own home
  34. 34. Favorite Feature: Have you ever wondered how Consumer Reports does their testing? Now you can find out. In the lower left hand corner of the homepage, look for “Test Labs” and find out about how they test.
  35. 35. ReferenceUSA: Find out business and personal contact information and business profiles for thousands of US individuals and businesses
  36. 36. Favorite Feature: Looking for a job? Perform a custom search to find your perfect companies and find out how to contact them. Search by business type, number of employees, location, and more.
  37. 37. Wall Street Journal and the New York Times: Get full text of articles from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times
  38. 38. Related Database: Also try the historical New York Times. Get the pdf (picture) copy of the New York times on any date, for any page, starting in 1851 through 2006
  39. 39. Health & Wellness Resource Center: Get accurate and up-to-date information on a wide-range of medical conditions
  40. 40. Lois Griffin & Kathryn Bergeron Adult Services Librarians 248/ Kathryn.Bergeron@baldwinlib.orgPresentation Slides Available at: Feature: Did you just get a new prescription? Want to know more about it? Type in the name to the drugs and herbal remedies section to find out more.