The word “databases” for some people brings up a vision of boring research and school papers. For others of you, I bet you see the word “databases” and your eyes just glaze over, because you aren’t even entirely sure what that means. But here’s the thing—there’s lots of stuff we at the library refer to as “databases” the average person will find really cool.

“Like what?” you’re probably asking. Well, like Consumer Reports, so you can find out everything you need to know about products before you buy them. There’s also Transparent Language, which can help you learn any one of over 100 different languages. Plus we have databases with recipes, suggestions about what you should read next, and yes, help for writing papers. There are a couple you have to use in the library, but most are available for you to use at home for free with your library card.

If you want to know more about our databases, swing by the Farmers Market (in the old K-Mart building on North Main) this Wednesday anytime between 3-7 p.m. I’ll be there showing off our databases, as well as passing out handouts explaining how to use some of our most popular. See all of our databases on our website here.


PS Can’t make it to the Farmers Market? You can stop by the Reference Desk anytime to grab a handout.

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