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Free ProQuest Access for National Library Week

   Thursday, April 8th, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

National Library WeekThe library subscribes to many online resources to help with research. However, for National Library Week, April 12-18, 2010, you'll be able to access even more - ProQuest is providing free access to some of their most popular databases, including:

  • CultureGramsTM explore the world's cultures with local experts that document the history, customs, government, and daily life in multimedia reports on over 200 countries
  • eLibrary® this easy to use resource brings together content about in-demand subjects from millions of multimedia-rich, global resources
  • ProQuest® African American Heritage brings together records critical to African American family history research and connects users to a community of research experts
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ - Black Newspapers experience history firsthand via continuous runs of the following full-image titles: The Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, Los Angeles Sentinel, and New York Amsterdam News

Visit http://www.proquest.com/go/celebrate to access these resources and more, during National Library Week. No username or password needed.

If you have questions about these databases, or any online resources offered by the Chelmsford Library, please ask at the Reference Desk, email askus@mvlc.org or call 978-256-5521 x211.

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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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