Friday, February 08, 2008

Public Library Resources

It always amazes me when I check out public library websites and discover all the great resources they have to offer. Ohio and PA have fantastic public library networks that group purchase databases to give everyone in the state with a library card access to those databases (well, perhaps. I think some states give everyone access but others require individual libraries to pay to be a member and have access).

So if you want to check them out, here's how to do it:

Ohio: Visit the OPLIN (Ohio Public Library Information Network) website, click on Research Databases on the left hand side (or just click here), and pick a resource. You will be prompted to enter your library card number or zip code. I think it recognizes most Ohio computers and just prompts for zip code, so technically you probably don't even need a library card.

PA: Not quite as easy. You need to go through the website of whichever public library you use. The library network is called POWER Library. However, many of the public libraries probably provide additional databases as well (well, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh does, at least).

Everyone Else: Check out the website of your local library. Look for a link to "Research Databases", "Resources", etc. Then find out what your library offers.

What kind of things are often included?
  • Resources for kids to use for research
  • Car repair databases
  • Financial databases (Standard & Poors, Morningstar, etc)
  • EBSCO databases - Academic Search Premier, Health Source, Business Search Premier, EBSCO Animals, and much more
  • Resources to help you find popular reading materials (NoveList)
  • Online encyclopedias
  • Lots lots lots more.

1 comment:

Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh said...

Max and I recently used a database of car repair manuals through Carnegie Public. I love telling my handy friends about it.