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February 20, 2009

Review: Resources available from home computer

Most of the online resources that Joplin Public Library subscribes to are available for use from home. That means with your library-card number and an Internet connection, you have access when you need it. If you are working on a research paper or a report, here are a few databases that will help you gather information.

eLibrary is a complete research database with full-text articles from magazines, reference books, newspapers and transcripts as well as pictures and maps. Users have two options for searching. Natural language searching is the default but users also have the option to search with Boolean operators such as “and,” “or” and “not.” Limiting to reading level is also an option, with levels from elementary to beyond high school. If you would rather explore by topic, you can get resources by choosing from the lists under the topic tab. For either search method, search results can be printed, e-mailed or saved to a file. If you need to know how to cite the article for a term paper, you can click on the “citation” tab and get the citation in MLA form. eLibrary also offers full text access to the New York Times from 1984 to today.

Ebscohost redesigned its Web site in the past year, and it has a lot of features to help you with gathering information. There are many indexes and searching interfaces to explore, including general interest, academic, business, health and military/government. Sources indexed include magazines, journals, newspapers, books, primary source documents and images.

To use Ebscohost, go to the library Web site and under “Reference, Online Resources” choose a category and look for (Ebscohost) behind the title of the database. On the search results screen, there are options on both side of the results box to limit your search, view images, see and limit the publications in the results and more. If a result has a magnifying-glass icon, mouse over it and you get a pop-up with an abstract on the article. You can also print, e-mail, save or create a folder of results. However, if you want to e-mail or print the text of the article, you must have the article displayed. Ebscohost also provides the citation for each article and you have many choices for the style including MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian.

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