Practical Technology Podcast – Virtual Reference

To access our online resources, visit and move your mouse over “Find It!” under the picture of the library. A submenu will pop open. Mouse down to “Online Resources” and click. Here is a direct link to the page:

Not only do we have library subscribed resources on the site, we also have lots of free websites recommended by our librarians. There are also a lot of links to various community groups and resources. A select few of our online resources can only be used in the library – this is due to licensing restrictions those vendors place upon us to subscribe to the resource.

If one of the following links does not work for you, you may need to go directly to the Online Resources page of the library website and click on the link there. Some of our resources are set up to “see” that the link referral is coming from in order to access that resource.

Online resources discussed in this podcast:

Provides library patrons with access to the Consumer Reports website, offering current ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

Complete Chilton automotive repair manuals for nearly 25,000 vehicles (domestic and imported) from 1954 to the present. It includes repair procedures; service bulletins and recalls, wiring diagrams and labor time estimates and associated costs.

Features user-friendly “how-to” information covering all manner of home improvement and home repair projects.

Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Offers full-text articles for hundreds of health reference books, encyclopedias, health reports, as well as medical images and diagrams.

ReferenceUSA is a premier database research tool providing access to information on over 25 million businesses and more than 262 million consumers. Used by entrepreneurs, businesses, students, job-seekers, or anyone wanting access to information on tens of millions of businesses and hundreds of millions of consumers in an easy to search format.

Mergent Intellect is a highly flexible web-based application that features a deep collection of worldwide business information that enables companies to generate insightful business intelligence. Coupling Mergent’s expertise in developing products for the reference marketplace with D&B®’s private company database, Mergent Intellect offers new and existing clients a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more.

The premier online resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. Developed with experts on early childhood education, it offers rich resources designed for easy integration into the classroom curriculum. The site encompasses five interactive learning components: read, play, watch, print & do, classics and educator tools.

The premier general reference Web site uniquely developed for young Arabic speaking students. The site features simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, videos, special localized content and resources, and a wealth of engaging games and activities.

World Book’s ebook collection includes highly illustrated, engaging titles that support a span of curriculum areas and reading levels. Sign in for unlimited simultaneous access to all of the books in the collection, and to read the ebooks in World Book’s customized online viewer.

Full-text of thousands of general reference magazine articles and publications from 1975 to the present. It covers a wide range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.

A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Many of these titles were previously only available in the library as paper bound books.

  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center coming July 1!

Offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) and allows users to search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type, and model numbers. PDF full text is available for all documents.

Upcoming library events and classes:

Appy Hour – Appy Trails to You – Sunday, June 21 @ 2 p.m. – You will be a true road warrior after learning about these handy smartphone travel apps.

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