You can’t Google everything – but you can find it through the library’s many databases. The library provides access to a lot of content that you can’t find for free using Google or any other search engine.
How do I find the library databases? From the library homepage, float your mouse over “Using the Library” and then choose “e-Library” from the menu list. Scroll down to Databases and “click here for access to databases.” That will take you to an alphabetical list of all the databases to which the library provides access.
What kind of information can I access? Genealogical information, biographical and historical information, academic journals, business and health information, and consumer information – for a start!
That’s too much information, this is overwhelming. I’m going back to Google. Google is great – we use it all the time – but remember, there’s information here you can’t get through Google. Try one database at a time, depending on what you’re looking for.
For example, are you planning a big purchase anytime soon – car, appliance, electronic device? Try Consumer Reports for objective, impartial reviews and comparisons, news, and product recall information. (The library has Consumer Reports in print, too – just ask at the Reference desk.)
Or are you looking for biographical information, for a school project or just out of curiosity? Biography in Context offers high-quality information and news on everyone from actors to world leaders.
Those are just two of the many useful databases the library offers. Check them out, and we’ll be recommending more of our favorites in the future!