Now that school has begun, the Monroe County Library System wants to remind students of the great resources available from their website that will help them get back into the swing of writing reports and doing homework.
All databases can be accessed from Monroe County Library System’s homepage by going to eResearch located on the left hand navigational menu or by clicking here
**Passwords are required for most databases—call any branch or stop in for a listing of passwords**
Biography Resource Center—Located under headings for Biography, Children & Young Adults, and Education
Biographical database on over 380,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all subject areas.
Type persons name (any part of it and in any order—for example George Washington, Washington George, or even just Washington
If not sure of spelling, can type beginning letters and then choose from the list of names returned. For example, if not sure about spelling of Obama, can just type Obam and will receive the president’s name, among others, in a list of links
Category searches allow users to choose biographies from a list of categories such as Business Leaders, Athletes, etc.
Culturegrams—Located under subject headings for Education or Children & Young Adults
A great database for social studies reports and assignments
Contains detailed information for all 50 states as well as more than 180 countries
Covers climate, history, population, greetings, recreation, religion, and more
Choose a specific location from the dropdown menu (top left of window) or click the general area on map, then narrow to specific location by clicking (example, click on Oceana, then click on country—New Zealand)
Culture articles are located on left side
Map (printable outline map), Flag (printable), audio of country’s name, and national anthem
Photo gallery, recipes, famous people
Graphs, world time, distance and currency converters
Opposing Viewpoints—Located under subject headings for Education or Children & Young Adults
Covers social issues with articles written in both the pro and the con viewpoint
Choose subject area from the list or type search terms in the search box.
Issues selected from the list are considered subject searches
Search terms entered in the search box can be subject searches, Keyword searches (searches abstract, title, and author fields for search term(s), or Full-text searches (searches complete article for search terms)
Advanced Search allows the user to build a search using only certain options. It can be as simple or difficult as the user wants.
Types of documents are separated by the tabs along the top.
Viewpoints—These articles actually appeared in the book formats for each subject.
Reference—These articles are available in various reference books published by Gale Cengage
Magazines—These articles relating to the topic are from a variety of magazines.
Academic Journals—Articles relating to the topic from a variety of scholarly journals
News—Newspaper articles relating to the topic, updated daily
Primary Sources—All sorts of official documents may show up under this tab.
Multimedia—Photos, maps, line drawings, and broadcasts (both audio and transcript)
Websites—Links to websites related to topic. Web site is explained, and a link to the site is provided.
Learn-A-Test—Located under the subject heading for Test Preparation
Offers practice tests for GED, ACT, ASVAB, and many others
Offers skill building tests to improve math, reading, vocabulary, spelling, and writing for elementary, middle school, high school, college students, and even adults
Offers a GED preparation course with practice tests in English and Spanish
Offers job search and workplace skills, including step-by-step creation of cover letters and resumes
Offers several career practice tests in areas such as cosmetology, CDL, civil service, firefighter, nursing, and many others
Offers preparation and practice for the U.S. Citizenship exam
To login, an account must first be created at any of our 16 branch locations. Once the account has been created, access to the product is available from any remote access site.
Are you stuck on a question and cannot find the answer? Looking for materials to aid in your research? Reference librarians are waiting to assist you. Contact them via phone, email, or in person for answers to your questions and guidance in your research needs.
Monroe County Library Kid Zone is full of good websites and homework helpers to aid students, and even has links of fun and educational things to do when the homework is done. Sound Your Voice is Monroe County Library System’s young adult page. Homework helpers are available to teens as well as many links that will lead to fun and educational sites and events available through the library. Citation Machine—This is a useful site when teachers and instructors want sources in a report to be cited. Students fill in information from their sources, the Citation Machine will return a properly formatted citation in either MLA or APA format.