Ever wonder whether you are really getting the best info when you search Google? Does your teacher tell you NOT TO USE THE INTERNET when you do research? If the answer to these questions is yes, then try our E-Reference Library!
What is it?
Your library has always been the best place to find reliable, up to date information for research papers, assignments and general interest. We choose encyclopedias and reference books that we know will do the job and we make them easy to get to online. Our E-Reference Library is a great collection of reliable resources you can use from home. If you have a school assignment that requires looking up information on a topic, you should use our E-Reference Library.
How do you get to all this great stuff?
All you need is your library card! You can pick individual books to use, or you can just search across the entire collection. Each article or topical summary provides valuable information AND will give you the appropriate citation from the source. That’s important because teachers want to know what reference books you are using and the citation will show them that you used something better than Wikipedia.
But doesn’t this count as “using the Internet”?
No. The sources in the E-Reference Library are not available on the open web. These are purchased by the library for you to use. The books included in the E-Reference Library are reliable and reputable sources that have been published regularly for many years. The only difference is that you can use them online!
Each year, high school students across the state of Indiana read from a list of around 20 nominees for the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (or the Rosie, as it's known). These books are rated by the students, who then vote through their high schools. With voting winding down for the 2012-2013 award, many people are looking forward to spending some time this summer getting to know the new nominees for the upcoming 2013-2014 award.
In April, as poets have for centuries, we’ll celebrate poetry. For our next Books Plus discussion program, we’ll be highlighting sonnets—one of the shortest and most versatile of poetric forms. Did you know what King James I, Prime Minister William Gladstone, American abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, President John Quincy Adams, and Edith Wharton all had in common? They loved to write sonnets!
Now you don’t need to compose any of your own, but if you have a favorite that you’d love to read aloud, please come and share. Or sit back and let language flow around you. We’ll explore this little song’s history, discuss its variations, how contemporary poets have made it their own, and why a sonnet is still a sonnet even if it doesn’t rhyme.
We hope you can join us this coming Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. in discovering anew one of our best creations--the sonnet. All are welcome and refreshments are provided. More information about this and upcoming Books Plus discussions below.
Get real-time access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds. Reports include analysis written by Morningstar’s experts, up to 10 years of financials, bond information, ratios, SEC filings and information on insider actions and institutional holders. You can also access daily market information, showing the day’s most active stocks, complete with links to Morningstar reports on those companies.
Use the Investment Classroom to sharpen your investing skills or to learn new topics. Morningstar offers more than 100 courses on stocks, funds, and portfolio building. Each course can be completed in about 10 minutes and includes a quiz at the end. You can also use their comprehensive suite of portfolio-planning tools to experiment with hypothetical investment strategies and to learn more about balancing investments and planning for retirement, college savings and more.
All you need to get started is your library card number! Access Morningstar’s Investment Research Center any time, day or night, at the library or from the comfort of your own home. Just navigate to the research menu above Research, then click on A-Z Research Tools.
Are you in the market for a new washing machine or maybe even a new car? Not sure which model will be the better buy? The library offers a powerful consumer research tool by providing you access to the Consumer Reports website. ConsumerReports.org provides members with access to expert, unbiased ratings of over 5,000 products. The website also provides product reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, and reviews from other users like you. ConsumerReports.org reviews include cars, household appliances, electronics, home and garden products, and products for your kids and babies.
Do you want to keep up on the latest consumer product news such as recalls and safety tips? ConsumerReports.org has the most current relevant news always displayed on its homepage. You can also sign up for the free email newsletter. Consumer Reports operates the world’s largest product testing and research lab. On the website you can read or watch videos of how they conduct their many different tests. ConsumerReports.org also includes a home remodeling and improvement guide that offers expert advice on keeping your project on schedule and on budget. Read more »
Adult, high school and middle school readers are encouraged to participate in our annual Winter Reading Program. It's easy to enter - read a book, submit an entry. Every week, winning names will be drawn to receive prizes, and a final prize will be given at the end. The more books you read, the more chances you'll have to win.
Enter anytime between January 2 and February 25 at any library location - Main, Ellettsville or the Bookmobile - or online.
What can you do when your favorite author doesn’t write fast enough? When you finish a series do you have a hard time finding something else to read?
Using NoveList Plus, you can find suggestions for similar authors or series, lists of award winners, as well as the order of books in a series. Book lists and book discussion guides can help you find a new favorite book or author.
MCPL is experimenting with a self-service scanning station that provides an easy way to convert paper documents, photos and drawings into a digital format.
The "Simple Scan" station is an easy to use touch-screen scanning device that scans, saves, and sends all your documents, photos, magazines and more. The Simple Scan Station can automatically auto-crop, auto-straighten and auto-orient each page scanned.
You can save your scanned item in the following formats:
After you decide how you want your scanned item saved, Simple Scan's touch screen guides you through several ways to save or send it including:
Save to USB
Send to email
Send to Google Docs
We would like library patrons to try it out and help us decide whether we should keep the stations. Stop by the Elletsville Branch or the Main Library (second floor Reference Desk) to try one out today.
Did you know that the library has a powerful database available to its members? ReferenceUSA is a leading provider of business and consumer research. The site was initially designed as a powerful research tool for small businesses, students, and job seekers. The database has information on over 20 million businesses as well as 222 million consumers. You can use ReferenceUSA to look up the phone numbers and addresses of any of these businesses or people in the database.
Do you own or are planning on opening a small business here in Bloomington? You can use ReferenceUSA to scope out the competition. This database will allow you to select a location and conduct a radius search of similar businesses in an area defined by you. You can look up how long the competition has been in business as well as how good their credit rating is. Read more »