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Fact and Opinion Check – Ask A Librarian

Opposing Viewpoints

If you aren’t in the library, you will need your library card number.

There’s a really easy way to help you with finding facts or more reliable sources for your political discussions or for your homework. Use the library’s online resources! Search engines are great for special interest resources but it helps to balance the research out, double check your dates and names in books and articles using references and periodical articles.
For help, Ask a Librarian

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Legal Forms and Resources @ your library

Ask us at the Info desk if you need help downloading the forms or finding articles. The Legal Forms database allows you to find forms you need from the library computers and at home with your library card.  You can use Legal Forms to design your own forms for business and personal uses. [Click the image below for links to access – you may need your library card number from home]

 

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Finding jobs, businesses and people using your library

Reference USA – Try this business and telephone directory to locate products and businesses, market your business, research competitors, finding a job or just find relatives and friends. Have your Burlington Public library card handy for access.

This database is provided courtesy of the Port of Skagit.

ReferenceUSA Telephone and Business Directory

For some short videos training any time, click on the Learning Center for a direct link to one of the scheduled trainings. ReferenceUSA’s Search Essentials
Mondays – 3:00 pm CST (1 Hour)

Designed for anyone new to using our database, this hour-long session will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA. We will cover the four essentials anyone, particularly those new to ReferenceUSA, will want to know in order to successfully use the resource. This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks, and techniques. Plenty of time will be reserved at the end of the session for questions.

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Genealogy Resources @ your Library

America's Genealogy BankThe Burlington Library has several great online resources in addition to the book collection of the Skagit Valley Genealogy Society.  America’s Genealogy Bank includes Historical Newspapers (1690 – 1922), Historical Books (1749 – 1900), Historical Documents (1789 – 1994), Social Security Death Index (1937 – 2011).

We also have Ancestry.com Proquest Library Edition and Heritage Quest.  These are also useful for local and regional history research in surprising ways.  Give them a try.  You just need your Burlington Public library card or to visit the library.

Contact library staff about how to make better use of them.  The Skagit Valley Genealogy Society volunteers are also available on the first Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help with detailed questions.

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Explore health and wellness resources at your library

Have your library card ready and click here

Have your library card ready and click here

For help with your exercise and health related New Year’s resolutions, try some library resources for facts and research.

The library subscribes to online resources for a full range of information on health topics with evidence-based reports, encyclopedias, fact sheets, drug and herb information, alternative sources, images, diagrams, videos and news articles.  If you are looking for a  private way to learn about health issues, check the Burlington Public Library’s Health and Wellness page with numerous links. consumerhealth150
The library does not track your searches so you will not begin see ads for health products that you are researching. Some sources require a library card log-in from home but are worth the extra effort for the range of information.

As always, contact us for assistance, we are glad to help.

Karen

 

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For our Burlington Businesses

Reference USA business and telephone directory database.

This database is provided courtesy of the Port of Skagit

Try our new business and telephone directory database called Reference USA.

This database is very useful for finding phone numbers (landlines only), business data, customers for direct marketing projects, help with your business plans and job searching.  Specific examples are listed below.

  • Small business owners: If you are interested in opening up a new business in a certain area, historical data enables you to research that location to see how many businesses were there before. If there have there been multiple restaurants at the same location within a few years—that may be a red flag. You can research which businesses were located nearby over the last 10 years and even get executive contact names to conduct additional market research.
  • Developers/Investors: Developers can use this to make sure they develop and invest in land and businesses that are thriving. This module allows you to research industry trends across the U.S. or within a geographic location. In addition, investors can track a company over time to find out if the company opened or closed locations, moved locations multiple times and whether the company is shrinking or growing.
  • Job Seekers: The best tool for job seekers is research! It’s always a good idea to research a company before applying and interviewing. You can search for a company of interest and study any trends in the business since 2003. Similarly, they can search by the same industry and study overall business trends. Employers love educated job candidates!
  • Researchers: The data collected by Reference USA might help with research on the effects of city laws on businesses over time, the effect of natural disasters on a region’s local economy or how advances in geographic technology boosts the economy, anything is possible with the historical data module.

Please check with us any time if you have questions or would like a demonstration.  You need an active Burlington Library card to access this database.

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Reminder ! Lunar eclipse 7 pm Sunday evening

Lunar eclipse in Burlington WA

See Also http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2015-september-28

Lots more information available with your library card, check thScience Reference Center for Science Homeworke books in the 520s (Dewey Decimal Number) for more information, photographs and online Science Reference Center.

 

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Help your students help themselves!

Homework Help at the libraryHomework Help for Parents and Educators

Wednesdays | 3 – 4 p.m. (During STEAM beginning September 23 through Dec 16)

  • Help your students help themselves!
  • Learn about electronic resources that provide authoritative and complementary alternatives to search engines.
  • Demonstrations on online e-books, encyclopedias, and article databases.
  • Become familiar with the growing list of resources available with your library card
  • Bring your laptop or use ours.
  • Contact us at 360-755-0760 for more info.

 

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Drivers Ed Training @ your library

WashDriverGuidethmbTry our new website for practice written drivers tests!

It is great for students or those new to Washington State who have to get a new driver’s license!

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Learning at the Library in 2015

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Each January the Burlington Public Library renews subscriptions to over 20 different online resources for research. These databases (we call them) complement our book collections on popular information topics. The resources are usually special websites that are accessible in the library or at home with your library card. The sites provide non-commercial (no pop-ups) private access to back issues of magazines, scholarly journals and newspapers. They also include online access to well written and edited special interest encyclopedias and information resources.

Examples include:
• Telephone and business directory type information – AtoZdatabases
• Practice tests for career and educational training – Testing & Education Reference Center
• Language learning – Pronunciator
• Consumer and product information – Ebsco and Proquest
• Legal self-help books and articles – Legal Information Reference Center

These are designed to provide the most reliable and factual information from a variety of points of views for students and the general public.

So the next time you get frustrated with your Google search or want an alternative to Wikipedia, try the Burlington Public Library.

Ask Us!
blibrary@burlingtonwa.gov
burlingtonwa.gov/library
or 360-755-0760

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