Category Archives: Databases and Research

Changes for e-sources

Providing free downloadable media has become a core service of public libraries everywhere, and for the past few years we’ve experimented with offering different kinds of platforms with varying degrees of success. Options have included Overdrive (also known as the … Continue reading

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Today in History: June 13, 1927

This morning, an Arlington resident donated a copy of this issue of The Sun: it happened to be today’s date, June 13…1927. But the first thing I noticed wasn’t the paper’s date, but the headline: LINDBERGH LANDS IN NEW YORK. … Continue reading

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How much is your library worth to you?

You may say, “The library is priceless, of course!” And thank you for that – we happen to agree. But for those who like to know the dollar value of the resources they’re using, here is the Library Value Calculator. … Continue reading

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Discover African-American History With Our Databases

Our databases are a great tool for learning about African-American history!  You can look at the databases here in the library, from at home, or anywhere you have an internet connection!  All you need in order to access them are … Continue reading

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Read like a fact-checker

Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are a cornerstone of our democracy; they are enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Historically, humanity has struggled for access to information, or access to enough, good quality information; now, … Continue reading

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What is fake news?

The issue of “fake news” has been, well, in the news a lot lately. To kick off 2017, one of our January displays at the library is about how to tell real from fake – a skill called information literacy … Continue reading

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In winter I get up at night…

“Bed in Summer” In winter I get up at night And dress by yellow candle-light. In summer, quite the other way, I have to go to bed by day. I have to go to bed and see The birds still … Continue reading

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InterLibrary Loan: What is WorldCat?

WorldCat day is August 8th! (Let your boss know you’ll need the day off to celebrate information access! ; ) When you can’t find the book, album, or movie you want in our Minuteman Library Network catalog, and you can’t even … Continue reading

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Searching the library catalog

How do you find a book, audiobook, CD, DVD, magazine, game, or anything else in the library? There are a few ways: you could wander around (also known as browsing), ask a librarian, or use the online catalog. You probably … Continue reading

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Red Light, Green Light

Did you know the complete Driver’s License Manual is available online on the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) site? If you’re studying for a driver’s test, there’s no need to wait for the paper manual; you can access the whole … Continue reading

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