Monday, 12 November 2012

Using Our Information Databases

Are you tired of searching the Internet for information, getting ads and pop-up windows, or getting information, but you don't know who it is actually from?  We have a solution for you.  Try one of our information databases, these hidden gems are worth uncovering.  Go to the Search Databases & More link here. Access to these resources is FREE with your library card from anywhere with an Internet connection!! 

Of those available, I would like to highlight the following:

CPI.Q (Canadian Periodicals Index Quarterly), the award-winning full-text Canadian reference solution, is specifically designed to provide instant access to the most requested Canadian reference materials.   Some features include, indexing of more than 1,300 Canadian periodicals (English and French) with more than 700 in full text; backfile from 1980 to present; user-friendly, bilingual interface; more than 130 newspapers including the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail and much more.

Health & Wellness Resource Center, provides authoritative, up-to-date information on health topics for virtually anyone seeking health-related information.  This easy-to-use database features top-searched conditions, topics in the news and health videos; detailed coverage of alternative and complementary medical practices; more than 1,000 top medical journals and periodicals as well as articles from more than 2,200 general interest publications; medical newspapers, newsletters and news feeds; full-text reference works such as The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests, The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine and many more.

General Reference Center Gold, has the full-text and image resources students and researchers need.    The content includes more than 5,700 titles, of which, more than 4,400 are available in full-text.  Use this resource to locate articles on current events, business and industry trends, arts and sciences, popular culture, sports, hobbies and more.   Resources available include 25 years of backfiles; podcasts from sources such as National Public Radio, Science@NASA, Headline News and NRO Radio; links to more than 5,000 video files includes television shows like the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, NRO TV and Meet the Press; major newspapers, such as The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and many more; hundreds of children's magazines; and much, much more.  Find a journal of interest and then read all of the articles within a specific issue.

Helpful tools available with these databases let you:
-           view PDF documents linked to the article
-           e-mail the article
-           generate citations
-           share links to the article
-           listen to the article or save it as an MP3 audio file
-           translate the article into one of 11 languages
-           print, download and bookmark articles

Remember, it's FREE and it is authoritative, so get your library card out and give it a try.

Charlotte Janes, Head of Systems and Administration

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