By: Andrea Lhotka
For: Red Rock News
Date: February 22, 2013
Library Databases Provide Magazine Articles and Other Information
Sedona Public Library
offers a variety of databases containing magazine articles and other
resources to address your questions about a broad range
of topics, including automotive maintenance and repair, consumer products,
current events, health, science, and more. Databases are a helpful source
of factual, reliable, and current information. For example, one database
available through the Library, called NoveList, can supply the name
of the next novel in your favorite series and recommend similar books.
Others can assist you in finding a job, writing a business plan, preparing
a school report, or learning how to speak a foreign language.
All you need to use
our databases is your library card number and PIN, or in the case of
the databases provided by the Arizona State Library, your zip code.
From any computer with Internet access, go to our Web site at www.sedonalibrary.org,
click on "Find Articles & More," and select "Databases A to
Z." Choose the desired database link and enter the requested login
Before we take a look
at some of the databases available from the Library, let's briefly
define what a database is, as many people are unfamiliar with this term.
Simply put, a database is a collection of digital information organized
for rapid searching and retrieval. For instance, a database can contain
tens of thousands of magazine articles that you can search through far
more quickly than if you were browsing a physical collection of magazines.
Databases provide search screens that enable you to specify the information
you need by entering search terms.
Here are descriptions
of a few of our most popular databases:
We provide access to
the online version of Consumer Reports, the finest source of advice
on consumer products. Consumer Reports is a publication of Consumers
Union-an independent, nonprofit organization committed to bringing
up-to-date, reliable, and unbiased information to the public. Whether
you need product reviews or want to stay informed about recalls, you
will find helpful articles on Consumer Reports online.
Repair Reference Center
Auto Repair Reference
Center (ARRC) is ideal for those interested in diagnosing and repairing
problems with their cars. Additionally, if you're in the market for
a used car, you can see what issues to expect and what maintenance should
have been done by the previous owner. Whether you're rebuilding an
engine or changing your oil, ARRC provides clear instructions to help
you do the job. More than 33,000 vehicles ranging from 1945 to the present
are covered, and the database includes nearly 800,000 diagrams and photographs.
This database is an
online platform of self-paced learning tools and is one important resource
the Library is providing to job seekers, in addition to lifelong learners
and students. This database includes a collection of more than 1,000
practice tests and skills tutorials for academic and career advancement,
plus more than 200 e-books. You can prepare for professional certification
and licensing, take a practice GED test, or improve your resume and
cover letter by using LearningExpress Library.
Mango Languages is an
online system that teaches conversation skills for a large selection
of foreign languages. Mango uses real-life circumstances and actual
conversations to more effectively teach a new language. By listening
to and repeating the discussions of native speakers, you'll not only
learn the individual words and phrases, you'll know how they're
used in practical situations. With Mango, you'll learn more than grammar,
vocabulary, and conjugation-you'll learn how to communicate.
This is just a brief
tour of some of the databases available from Sedona Public Library.
We're also excited to announce two new databases that will added in
the future-Zinio, an online platform for reading popular magazines,
and Universal Class, a continuing-education database. More information
about these new resources will be announced in an upcoming e-newsletter.
Sedona Public Library
is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation supported by donations
and grants. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to:
Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Andrea Lhotka is Public Services Librarian of the Sedona Public Library.