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Reliable Research

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Reliable Research

  1. 1. R eliable R esearch R ight from your desktop Presented by Margaret Douglas and Enrique Rivero
  2. 2. Databases: The Advantages <ul><li>Reliable – The library’s online databases are compiled by well-established vendors and selected by Thousand Oaks librarians. </li></ul><ul><li>Convenient – The information is literally “at your fingertips” on your computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Current – Electronic databases are updated continuously for up-to-the-minute information. </li></ul><ul><li>Available – Unlike information in books, electronic information is never checked out to someone else. </li></ul><ul><li>Free - The library subscribes to them for you! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Click on this Icon. The library’s website: www.toaks.org/library
  4. 4. Research by Topic: click on a link to go to the group of databases that best suits your research.
  5. 5. <ul><li>Databases that have this blue icon are available remotely over the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>To access them you need a Thousand Oaks Library card. All City employees are eligible for a free library card. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Local News Index <ul><li>An index of articles related to Thousand Oaks from local newspapers, including obituaries. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Full text and peer-reviewed articles </li></ul><ul><li>Marked items lists </li></ul><ul><li>Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Translations </li></ul><ul><li>Citations formatting </li></ul>Gale General One File: articles from magazines and journals
  8. 8. ReferenceUSA Directory information for the entire USA <ul><li>Business listings including owner, officers, sales volume, number of employees </li></ul><ul><li>Residential listings including average income in residential area. </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul>
  9. 9. NoveList: Find fiction according to your reading preferences <ul><li>Read-alikes </li></ul><ul><li>Synopsis </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Book discussion guides </li></ul><ul><li>Lists of prize winning titles </li></ul>
  10. 10. Auto Repair Reference Center <ul><li>1954 – 2009 models </li></ul><ul><li>Repair instructions </li></ul><ul><li>Diagrams </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletins </li></ul>
  11. 11. HeritageQuest Online Genealogy <ul><li>U.S. Census </li></ul><ul><li>Family histories </li></ul><ul><li>Local histories </li></ul><ul><li>Revolutionary war </li></ul>
  12. 12. World Book Online Reference Center <ul><li>All articles from the current 22-volume edition of the World Book Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Atlas </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia </li></ul>
  13. 13. Most databases can E-mail information directly and provide easy printing. Type in an E-mail address Click on Printer Friendly
  14. 14. Ask a Librarian by: <ul><li>Telephone </li></ul><ul><li>E-Mail </li></ul><ul><li>Instant Messaging (IM) </li></ul><ul><li>24/7 Online Chat </li></ul>
  15. 15. Telephone <ul><li>Grant R. Brimhall Library (805) 449-2660 press “4” for Reference Desk </li></ul><ul><li>Newbury Park Branch (805) 498-2139 press “2” for Reference Desk </li></ul><ul><li>The numbers are on the back of your Library card and on the website. </li></ul>Reference Desk. How may I help you? Yes! A real person to answer my question!
  16. 16. <ul><li>www.toaks.org/library </li></ul>Ask a Librarian through the library’s website: Click here
  17. 17. www.toaks.org/library Click here At the Library’s website under “Services & Research”, click on the icon shaped like a question mark.
  18. 18. That takes you to your options to Ask a Librarian :
  19. 19. E-Mail <ul><li>Click on the icon to send your question by E-Mail. </li></ul><ul><li>A Thousand Oaks Librarian will respond to your message, generally within 24 hours. </li></ul>Click here
  20. 20. Instant Messaging (IM) <ul><li>Use this widget to chat with a Thousand Oaks Librarian through Instant Messaging (IM) during open hours. </li></ul>Type here
  21. 21. Online Chat <ul><li>Click on this icon to chat with librarians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! </li></ul>Click here AskNow is a reference service staffed by librarians throughout the United States.
  22. 22. <ul><li>The End </li></ul><ul><li>We hope you have enjoyed this program of the Thousand Oaks Library. </li></ul><ul><li>Instructors: </li></ul><ul><li>Margaret Douglas </li></ul><ul><li>Enrique Rivero </li></ul><ul><li>Please tell us what you thought of the program on your evaluation form. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit us on the web at: </li></ul><ul><li>www.toaks.org/library </li></ul>

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