Big and Small Engines

Don’t let engine troubles get in the way of your summer plans! Maybe you want the best lawn on the block and need to repair your lawn mower. Or maybe you want to spend your days on the rivers, relaxing on your boat and riding your jet skis. Or maybe you need to keep your generator in tip-top shape for the next summer thunderstorm.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center is a great start to find guides on maintenance and repairs on all your small engines.


Summer also means road trips for many. Keep up with your vehicle’s maintenance and repairs with Auto Repair Source. They make it easy to find the information for your car without any guesswork. When your mechanic says you need repairs or when it’s time for your 100,000 mile scheduled maintenance, you’ll sound as cool as the Fonz because you did your research with Auto Repair Source.

Happy (Summer) Days!

Leigha Lamont @ Wilkinsburg Public Library & Eastridge Branch

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What’s Next?

Nothing is better than finding a good book and finding out it’s a series to keep it going. However, it is not always clear what title to start with or which title comes next.

The Kent District Library, in Kent County, Michigan, created the What’s Next: Books in Series Database to help search series. They define a series as two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits. The database is searchable by author last name, author first name, name of a series, book title, category or genre. It is the perfect resource if you need a printed list of titles.

Fantastic Fiction is also a great resource for keeping up with your favorite authors and series. When searching an author, you can see all their series in order and all their titles that are not a part of a series. A unique feature of Fantastic Fiction is series that are not tied by author, for example the various Star Wars and Star Trek series. 

Of course, there is the Novelist Plus database! Like the others, Novelist provides author’s series, but a feature that makes Novelist stand out is the Read-alikes specifically for series!

Happy reading!

Leigha Lamont @ Wilkinsburg Public Library & Eastridge Branch

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New science database available now!

Good news… we now have access to Science Reference Center through POWER Library. Science Reference Center is an Ebsco database so the interface and searching features should be familiar to many of you. This is a great replacement for the county subscription to Science in Context which was cancelled in September 2015.

Description of Science Reference Center:

This e-resource contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other reliable sources. In addition, Science Reference Center includes more than 280,000 high-quality science images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.

Links to the database will soon be added to the Find Articles pages at erec.einetwork.net. In the meantime, you can access the resource from POWER Library. Please remember to add the links to your library database page if your library  manages their own list of databases.

Happy researching!

Sharon (Mt. Lebanon)

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Morningstar Webinars

Morningstar

One of our most consistently popular databases, Morningstar Investment Research, contains mutual fund and stock ratings and reports, including detailed analyst reports. Morningstar is a respected and reliable source of independent investment analysis for all levels of fund and stock investors, ranging from inexperienced beginners to sophisticated experts.

Morningstar has implemented quarterly interactive webinar workshops for 2014 which can be tied into PA Forward’s Financial Literacy initiative[http://pala.affiniscape.com/associations/9291/files/LITERACYfinancial.pdf]

These workshops are hosted by a Morningstar Specialist and will cover different investing concepts. Sessions can be used for your own in-library viewing party or used to leverage your educational programs.

Below are the dates, presenters and topics for the series.

  • March 27th: Christine Benz: Retirement Planning – completed, click here for playback
  • June 19th: Josh Peters: Dividend Paying Stocks – completed, click here for playback
  • September 25th: Adam Zoll: Financing a College Education completed, click here for playback
  • December 11th: Christine Benz: : Give Your Portfolio a Checkup @ 5:00 PM CST & 6:30 PM CSTClick to Register! Christine Benz, Director of Personal Finance, will help you check into your portfolio to see how healthy it actually is or if you need to evaluate new opportunities. She will help to assess and align asset allocation and then take corrective actions to improve your portfolio.

Debi Ryder

ACLA

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