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Friday, July 1, 2011

Doing Research : Databases and Information Sources : Free ;-)

Doing research at home or in the computer lab is easy as 1-2-3:

1. The Washington State Library has paid for access to magazine and newspaper databases, which you can use either in the computer lab or on your home computer, logging in with Elwha's own login.

  • ProQuest includes full text of national and northwest newpaper articles; general magazines; business news, Ethnic NewsWatch, and many other resources. To access Proquest go to http://proquest.umi.com/login Call the library for the login and password 452-8471x122, or stop by and pick up a handout. (We aren't supposed to just publish it on the web, so can't show it here.)
  • Culturegrams gives information about 200 countries, the 50 states, and Canada’s provinces. To access Culturegrams go to http://online.culturegrams.com/ Call the library for the login and password, or stop by to pick up a handout.

2.The public library in town has an amazing array of databases: magazines and newspapers, auto and small engine repair, genealogy, business info, homework help, and more. Their Articles and Databases page gets you started. You will need a library card to access them at home (but it's easy to get one), or can get them at the library in town.

3. Peninsula College gives you access to an even vaster array of resources, including programs for learning languages, historical documents, electronic books, academic periodicals, etc etc. You can see the full list, but will then need a student ID to log in from home. They are available for free use to all community members from computers inside the Peninsula College Library; so if you find a resource on the list that you need, you can use it without being a student; just head for the college library.