Category Archives: Research & Homework
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
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]
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.
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.
It’s a great family activity and there are many books in our library to introduce you to basic astronomy. The telescope will be loaned out for two weeks at a time.
The telescope was donated by Island County Astronomical Society. Volunteer astronomer Bob Scott of the society has decades of experience studying the stars and is happy to help.
Click here for videos on how to use the telescope and more information on the program. Drop by the library and we’ll put you on the waiting list. We anticipate requests to be high throughout the summer months.
This is a reminder! Take advantage of this opportunity for self paced technology training for learning Microsoft software.(e.g. Word, Excel) critical for the workplace and for more effective home use. All the basic classes are free and you can take them on your own time!
Access to the Microsoft Imagine Academy (formerly IT Academy) is provided through a collaboration between the Burlington Public Library, Microsoft, the Washington State Library, Office of Secretary of State and the Washington State Legislature.
To register, click on this website
The 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.
Try Pronunciator – a language learning app!
You can log in anytime – or – to track your progress, create an “account” with your library card.
Or Download the app of your choice to use you mobile phone or tablet.
New! There are now live online conversation practice classes for Spanish (Latin America), French, English as a Second Language, Tagalog, Greek, and Mandarin Chinese.
Log in and look for Prolive for schedule!
Pronunciator para las personas que hablan Espanol
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.
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.