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Have You Done Your Taxes Yet?

   Friday, April 4th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

IRS logoFederal and State income taxes are due in less than two weeks, on April 15th, 2008!

The Library still has both Federal and State tax forms and instructions, available downstairs near the Reference Desk. Forms are also available on both the IRS website (index of forms) and the MA Dept. of Revenue website (index of forms).

If you need help with your taxes, the AARP offers volunteer tax assistants through their Tax-Aide program. All of the appointments with the Library's tax assistant are filled, but you can check other area sites for appointments.

The Federal government is also offering a Tax Rebate this year, otherwise known as the Economic Stimulus Payment. Please note that even if you are not normally required to file taxes, you may be required to file this year to receive the tax rebate - read more about this. The IRS has also released the tax rebate payment schedule, so you'll have an idea of when your check will arrive.

If you need tax forms or have questions about the tax rebate program, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Do Not Call Listings

   Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

MA Do Not Call RegistryThe Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs is promoting the Massachusetts Do Not Call Registry.

This registry allows Massachusetts residents to list their home or cell phone number as one that does not want to receive calls from telemarketers. Listing here will not eliminate all telemarketer calls, but should reduce them.

To add your number to the list, please visit http://www.mass.gov/donotcall.

In addition to the Massachusetts Do Not Call List, there is also a National Do Not Call Registry. Usually, adding your number to one list is good enough, but adding your number to both doesn't hurt.

To add your phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry, visit http://www.donotcall.gov.

Also, more information is available on the MA Do Not Call List and the National Do Not Call Registry, including how to verify your number's status and instructions on filing a complaint against a telemarketer.

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Read the Chelmsford Independent Online

   Saturday, September 29th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford Independent mastheadIn addition to reading a print copy every Thursday, there are two other ways to access the Chelmsford's newspaper, the Chelmsford Independent.

Chelmsford Independent's Website
The Chelmsford Independent is online at http://www.townonline.com/chelmsford/. All the sections of the printed paper are available, plus extras such as blogs, current weather, email alerts, and a keyword search. Top stories are also available via rss (click for feedR.S.S. icon).

Chelmsford Independent Database
The Chelmsford Library subscribes to an online database archive of the Chelmsford Independent. This database is available through the Library's Reference website, and covers from 12/2005 to present. This database can be searched by keyword or browsed by date, and is available from within the Library, your home computer, or any other computer with internet access.

For older issues, the Library has a microfilm archive of the Chelmsford Independent from 1986 to present. We also have the Chelmsford Newsweekly, from 1940-1993. The microfilm is located on the lower level of the library, near the Reference Desk.

For more information, or help with their website, please contact the Chelmsford Independent. For assistance using any of these resources, please contact the Library's Reference Desk.

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New Database: Literary Reference Center

   Friday, September 14th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Literary Reference Center screenChelmsford Library patrons now have a new way to research books and authors: Literary Reference Center.

Searchable from either your home or the library, this database has full-text information on thousands of authors and their works. Content is broken down into a number of categories (plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, author biographies, literary journals, poems, short stories, classic texts, author interview and more). All search results are gathered into convenient tabs for easy organization.

Information can best be found in one of two ways:

  1. For broad searches on topics or subjects, use the Find: search box near the top of the screen
  2. To find specific authors or works, use the Browse Authors/Browse Works links near the middle of the screen

Other features include a Literary Glossary (for definitions of literature-related words), a timeline of works and their historical context, a research guide, help with citing sources, and frequently-updated books and author highlights.

Access to Literary Reference Center is funding by NMRLS. For help accessing or using the database, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Improvements to the InfoTrac PowerSearch Database

   Monday, August 13th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Thomson-Gale logoDatabase vendor Gale has released a set of new features to the InfoTrac databases and the PowerSearch platform. These databases can be used to find articles appearing in magazines, journals and books on a wide variety of subjects.

Many of the features were developed in response to end-user feedback. Some of the key features to note are:

  • Enhanced Navigation, including a new "Document Tools" box (print, email, cite, download, translate) on each document
  • RSS feeds for instant search and/or journal alerts
  • "Did You Mean?" search feature provides alternate spellings and more preferred search terms
  • Search Within Results, to help pinpoint specific information
  • Enhanced Bookmarks, allowing direct access to articles
  • Improved "How-to-Cite" tools

If you're interested in learning about more enhancements or seeing what the changes look like, Gale has prepared a presentation (requires Microsoft PowerPoint): http://www.gale.com/Technical/PowerSearchSummer.ppt [ppt, 1.25MB]

To begin searching InfoTrac, please log in from the Library's Databases webpage.

For help with this or any other Library database, please contact the Reference Desk.
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