School is back in session, and that means another round of research papers to get started on, whether it’s high school or college. Luckily, the Mid-Continent Public Library has a vast amount of online resources to help you get started on these papers. One in particular is the Academic Search Premier database located under the heading Magazines and Periodicals in our research databases.
When the transmission went out on my husband’s Ford Ranger, we didn’t know what to do. The shop wanted nearly $2000 and we just could not afford it at the time, besides the fact that the truck was only worth about $1400. My husband was able to find a place that would fix the transmission for $300 if he could bring them just the transmission. When he told me about this situation, I told him he should check the databases through mymcpl.org.
Today while I was helping a teen looking for a book, I overheard her brother telling her that she could get the book's audio version by purchasing it with "Mom’s account and she’ll pay for it". He had recently purchased one and paid $10. Wow, I thought to myself, they could benefit by using Overdrive. I apologized for over hearing their conversation, and told them about our Overdrive database.
Since I work at the library, and I'm here the majority of the time, I had to step back and put myself in the shoes of our customers. I wondered if I would continue to use the library as a primary resource, or if I would rely solely on the power of the internet to solve all my information quests? I love the ability to dream from my living room, and pop into any area that the internet can take me. But, I think I love the library more for giving me solid resources that are accessible for free with my library card.
It’s a beautiful fall Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs just won yet again, and you are on top of the world, feeling like you can do anything. You look outside the window, and you get a brilliant idea! You decide you are going to do some repairs on your car, and save the cost of having a maintenance garage do it.
Living within a super tight budget has definitely been eased by MCPL’s continually expanding collections and access to WorldCat. I can acquire the newest books, audio selections, and DVDs. There are formats for any situation, and I always keep a wide variety in my personal MCPL collection. Would I like to listen to a CD while I’m driving around, doing my errands? Perhaps, I might take a book or the magazine I wanted to browse through to my dentist’s visit. So many choices!
Do you know what fado, reggae, klezmer, gospel and world fusion have in common? They’re all music genres! MCPL’s online research database, Contemporary World Music, has tens of thousands of music tracks that will take you "around the world" musically.
I was looking over the library’s databases and started looking into America the Beautiful. It has so much information to choose from. I've learned quite a bit about the different states that make up our America. There is a map you can click onto that shows various facts, pictures, the history of the state, geology, culture, and much more. It is an enjoyable database. So, if you are interested in our America, this is for you.
The Mid-Continent Public Library has several online resources that are beneficial for students and adults alike. You will find them on our website, and they can be accessed from your home computer, too.
One resource is our card Catalog. Here you can search books, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs; see the branches where they are located, and put them on hold. You will receive a notice when they are in at your library.