Ever wonder whether you are really getting the best info when you search Google? Does your teacher tell you NOT TO USE THE INTERNET when you do research? If the answer to these questions is yes, then try our E-Reference Library!
What is it?
Your library has always been the best place to find reliable, up to date information for research papers, assignments and general interest. We choose encyclopedias and reference books that we know will do the job and we make them easy to get to online. Our E-Reference Library is a great collection of reliable resources you can use from home. If you have a school assignment that requires looking up information on a topic, you should use our E-Reference Library.
How do you get to all this great stuff?
All you need is your library card! You can pick individual books to use, or you can just search across the entire collection. Each article or topical summary provides valuable information AND will give you the appropriate citation from the source. That’s important because teachers want to know what reference books you are using and the citation will show them that you used something better than Wikipedia.
But doesn’t this count as “using the Internet”?
No. The sources in the E-Reference Library are not available on the open web. These are purchased by the library for you to use. The books included in the E-Reference Library are reliable and reputable sources that have been published regularly for many years. The only difference is that you can use them online!
Broadview Learning Center 705 West Coolidge Drive, Bloomington, 812-330-7731 February 6 - April 11 (Call for an appointment.) Wednesday: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Thursday: 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Ellettsville Branch Library 600 W. Temperance St., Ellettsville, Phone 812-876-3383 February 1 - April 12 (Call for an appointment.) Friday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Saturday: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Indiana University Maurer School of Law 211 S. Indiana Ave., Bloomington January 30 - March 7 (First come, first served.) Wednesday and Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Two Super Saturdays: March 2nd, March 23rd 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington 200 Daniels Way, Room B201, Bloomington 812-332-1559 ext. 0 January 29 - March 9 (Call for an appointment.) Tuesday and Wednesday: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monroe County Public Library 303 East Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, Phone 812-349-3050 (AARP Tax-Aide) February 4 - April 12 (First come, first served) Monday and Tuesday: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Friday: 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Owen County Public Library 10 S. Montgomery St., Spencer, Phone 812-829-3392 ext. 1 February 2 - April 13 (Call for an appointment.) Thursday: 5:30 pm- 8:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
South Central Community Action Program 1500 W. 15th St., Bloomington, Phone 812-339-3447 ext. 233 February 2 - April 13 (Call for an appointment.) Tuesday: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Twin Lakes Recreation Center, 1700 W. Bloomfield Rd., Bloomington, Phone 812-349-3720 (AARP Tax-Aide) February 6 - April 11 (First come, first served.) Wednesday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Thursday: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Are you in the market for a new washing machine or maybe even a new car? Not sure which model will be the better buy? The library offers a powerful consumer research tool by providing you access to the Consumer Reports website. ConsumerReports.org provides members with access to expert, unbiased ratings of over 5,000 products. The website also provides product reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, and reviews from other users like you. ConsumerReports.org reviews include cars, household appliances, electronics, home and garden products, and products for your kids and babies.
Do you want to keep up on the latest consumer product news such as recalls and safety tips? ConsumerReports.org has the most current relevant news always displayed on its homepage. You can also sign up for the free email newsletter. Consumer Reports operates the world’s largest product testing and research lab. On the website you can read or watch videos of how they conduct their many different tests. ConsumerReports.org also includes a home remodeling and improvement guide that offers expert advice on keeping your project on schedule and on budget. Read more »
The Ellettsville Branch is testing out scanning options for patron use. We'll have this scanner for one month to see if it suits our needs, so come try it out! This scanner can scan photos, documents, newspaper clippings, etc. all from the simple touch menu! You can save the files to a flash drive or email them to yourself. After you've scanned, please fill out one of our survey forms and let us know what you think!
Horror fiction: There're a lot of arguments about what it is and isn't – it's bloody; it doesn't have to be bloody. It's supernatural, like werewolves and ghosts; it can have just people – they're scary enough. It's got sparkly vampires who can inexplicably run around all day; vampires don't fall in love, they fall with their fangs into your neck. Whatever version of horror you subscribe to, with Halloween coming up quickly, it's what's for dinner. Read more »
Visit the Children's Room at the Ellettsville Branch and you will see our violets love the space as do families. Sit in a window seat to read together or play with blocks or train table in this special space. Many children enjoy the room before and after our programs. The NEW BROCHURE is now available in the library and sign-ups can be made through our website.
At the Ellettsville Branch, 991 children enrolled in the Summer Reading program and 605 completed the program by making it to level five and claiming their last prize! So whether you read ebooks, print, or both like this recent visitor, keep reading!
We're into the second full week of "A Cool Book and a Cold Beverage," MCPL's Adult Summer Reading Program. Participants can read books from any of six categories and fill out entry forms online or in the library to win prizes. Last week, Andrea suggested books to read for the "Hoosier Connections" category. This week, I'm highlighting "Reads That Rhyme." All of these books can be found at the Ellettsville Branch. Happy reading--and I hope your entry is a winner!