Fun with Databases!

These days, it’s easy to think that if you “Google” a term or phrase, Google will willingly oblige you with the answer you are looking for.  Believe me, I think Google is a powerful and important search engine, but when you search for a phrase such as “rent agreement” and you get 115,000 hits, it is a daunting task to determine what information is accurate, available, and authoritative.  You can easily find information that meets all three of these criteria by searching on the Library’s subscription databases.

Unlike Google, these databases are developed by research specialists (including librarians) so that you can be confident in the answers you find.  As you know, anyone can add anything to the Internet, but subscription databases have their content analyzed, researched, documented and controlled.

The Library has dozens of databases on a wide variety of topics for you to access and search.  You can find a complete list by going to the Library’s web site and clicking on Research Links on the left side of the home page.  One of the recently added databases is Legal Forms, where you can find thousands of attorney-tested forms for your use.  A quick search of “rent agreement” provided 81 hits, but I easily navigated to the form I needed.

We’ve also added the much requested and popular Morningstar Investment Research Center, a stock analysis database that includes much more investment information; Byki, a self-paced learning program for over 70 languages; and Books and Authors, a database that helps you find good books, including those illusive read-alikes create lists of books you’ve read and want to read, and much, much more.

The next time you’re faced with a question and you think “Google,” give “Delaware County District Library Databases” a try.  I think you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for quickly and easily, with the added plus of knowing the information is reliable, up-to-date and accurate.

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