You’ve all been on the Internet or else you couldn’t be reading this blog right now. But did you know there was a HIDDEN web…an INVISIBLE web rich in information that would be very, very helpful to you when you’re doing homework? It doesn’t show up when you Google or Yahoo or Ask. And it’s there for you when the library has closed the doors for the night. The Carrollton Public Library pays money to unlock some doors to parts of the hidden web just for you…yes, YOU! On a kinds sorta regular basis I am going to show you the way to one of those unlocked doors. And all you need is your library card number and the PIN or password for your library account to pass through. So follow me to…
…Bloom’s Literary Reference Online. Find critical essays on literature by Harold Bloom and other critics. There are also biographies and photos of authors. Search by author or title and the results have the following tabs so you can find what you need without having to wade through all the results – Biographies, Overviews and Synopses, Analyses and Criticism, Topics and Themes, and Images and Videos.
Don’t despair if you aren’t anywhere near the Carrollton Public Library. Just visit your local library and ask how they can give you access to the hidden web.
Bonjour! Hola! こんにちは! Hallo! Olá! Need help with your French or Spanish or [insert language being studied here] homework? Maybe you just want to play around with learning a different language. Well, it’s your lucky day. The library subscribes to a language learning database that lets you learn online. All you need is your Carrollton Public Library card number and an active e-mail address.
Mango Languages is a quick way to learn a language for travel or socializing. It includes lessons for learning Spanish, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Greek, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, English (ESL Spanish, ESL Polish, ESL Brazilian Portuguese).
If you don’t live in the Carrollton Public Library area, contact YOUR local library to find out what language learning databases they offer. Not sure what library serves you? Search Libweb to find your library – just enter your city and state in the Keyword search box.
[Updated 1-15-10 to remove a language learning database not subscribed to anymore.]
You’ve survived your first week back at school. Maybe you get to relax this holiday weekend. Or maybe the homework is already piling up and you’ll be busy with that. Just remember the Carrollton Public Library is here for you and your homework needs 24-7. All you need is your Carrollton Public Library card. (Update: You have to enter your library card number AND the PIN or password for your library account to use databases now. Talk to library staff if you don’t know your PIN or password.)
We have databases full of articles from reference books, magazines, journals, and newspapers covering all different subjects like:
Other databases are good for more than one subject like:
Or maybe you specifically need a newspaper article.
And don’t forget you can always ask for help at the Information Desk when you’re at the library working on your homework.
Student Research Center is a one-stop search spot made especially for teens that searches a whole bunch of databases all at once – ones with magazine articles, newspaper articles, biographies, images, history stuff, health stuff, science stuff, literature stuff, and more. So whether you’re researching solar energy or Marie Curie or the Emancipation Proclamation, give it a try. Not at the library? All you need is your Carrollton Public Library card. (Update: You have to enter your library card number AND the PIN or password for your library account to use databases now. Talk to library staff if you don’t know your PIN or password.)
Not the best speller? If you’re even close, it will offer a “Did you mean…” with what it thinks you might be looking for.
What’s really cool is you can limit your search to see just the magazine articles…or the books & encyclopedias results…or the photos…or primary source documents. You can do that either before or after you search. You can also narrow the search results even more by clicking on one of the subjects listed to the left of the results.
The most important thing to remember when you are searching ANY database is to look for the option to Limit Your Results to Full Text. It doesn’t matter how awesome the article sounds if they aren’t going to give it to you NOW!
Once you find a great article or photo, you can print it, e-mail it, or save it. If you need a bunch of articles, you can save them to a folder so you can e-mail or print them all at once. You can even choose the citation style – MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian!
This is just one of the databases you’ll find on the Homework Databases page. Happy researching!
It’s 9:30 at night…you need to analyze the metaphors in Lord of the Flies for class tomorrow…and the library is CLOSED. Argggh! Don’t despair! With your Carrollton Public Library card and an Internet connection you’re just a few clicks away from some help to get that lit crit assignment done. Literature Resource Center is a one-stop database for literary criticism and biographical essays. The tabbed navigation menu makes it easy to see whether you’re looking at Literary Criticism or a Biography. Don’t forget to try our other homework databases when you need other kinds of articles or information for an assignment but can’t get to the library.
Update: You have to enter your library card number AND the PIN or password for your library account to use databases now. Talk to library staff if you don’t know your PIN or password.
Whether you’re researching social issues like gun control for a debate or looking for info on a hot news topic like the sub-prime mortgage rate mess, we have research databases full of articles that can help. Have your Carrollton Public Library card handy if you’re not at the library. (Update: You have to enter your library card number AND the PIN or password for your library account to use databases now. Talk to library staff if you don’t know your PIN or password.)
ABC-Clio Issues lets you browse for information about social issues. Below are the categories with a couple of example topics:
- Society – Academic Plagiarism, School Violence, etc. ;
- Gender/Ethnicity – Affirmative Action, Domestic Violence, etc.;
- Criminal Justice – Cybercrime – File Sharing and Copyright, Domestic Terrorism, etc.;
- Government/Law/Politics – Religion in Schools, Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide, etc.;
- Environment – Global Warming, Animal Rights, etc.;
- Science/Technology – Genetic Engineering, Stem Cell Research, etc.
NewsBank lets you search the Dallas Morning News and The New York Times. What’s cool about this database is you can get the local perspective since it covers the local newspaper. Click the “Hot Topics” link under “Current Events” to get the best search terms to find hot news stories. Check out the “Special Reports” for links to timely stories.
The library also has the Opposing Viewpoints books. They have articles giving both sides on a controversial issue. They’re super-helpful when getting ready for a debate because they present some of the arguments you might have to counter.
Did you know you can search the encyclopedia right from inside the library catalog by just clicking a buttom? Outside the library you need to have your Carrollton Public Library card handy. (Update: You have to enter your library card number AND the PIN or password for your library account to use databases now. Talk to library staff if you don’t know your PIN or password.)
Just click this button after you do a search
and your search terms are passed through to encyclopedias at 3 different levels:
- Encyclopædia Britannica – for high school and adults
- Compton’s by Britannica – for middle school
- Britannica Elementary – for elementary school
One more source is always a good idea. It even tells you how to cite the article in both MLA and APA style. You can also find this encyclopedia listed on the database pages. Happy researching!