Last month my local library asked me for help.
They offer Databases that not too many people know about. What is Databases? So glad you asked. 🙂 A Databases is a collection of data. Information on anything. Mostly electronic resources.
From the Library website: The following describes the different types of databases that you may encounter:
- Indexes and abstracts, used to index articles in journals, magazines and newspapers), books, conferences proceedings, etc. Some include an abstract which will include a summary of the cited article.
Examples: General Science Abstracts, INSPEC, GeoRef.
- Full-text databases which give access to the entire text of articles and documents, for example electronic dictionaries and encyclopedias, but also journals, conferences, market research reports, directories, laws, etc.
- Combinations of the above, for example an index including both citations to articles and their complete text. Example: EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier.
This is all FREE! The library wanted me to spread the word about the Databases to my homeschooling buddies. It seems budget cuts are coming soon. Very soon. If the library does not get enough people accessing the Databases, they will loose all.of.it. Every article, every photo, every video, every book. That’s right folks, they have entire books on there. Books they cannot afford to purchase. They also have newspapers, primary sources, and a bunch of other goodies. A gold-mine for homeschoolers, right? I suggested a class, since it is a little confusing navigating around the Databases. The librarians were all over that idea!
I sent out an invitation to four homeschooling co-ops (over 100 families). I’m thinking we would get at least four or five families attending.
This is what showed up. My family and another family. A total of eight people. We had an excellent class and learned so much. So many people missed out on a great opportunity.
Now you know why I don’t organize homeschool field trips for large groups. Next to no one shows up, even if they say they will attend.
Now go to your library and ask if they have Databases available to their members. Did you know you can get major and local newspapers on there?
And it is all free.
And it will go away if you don’t use it.