Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Year, New Database Page!

It's a new year, and we've made some big changes to the database page on the library website! Library patrons have access to over 91 databases, containing a world of information that can't be found on the open internet. If you have a library card and an internet connection, you can get thousands of full-text articles from encyclopedias, magazines, and newspapers--as well as maps, photographs, computer tutorials, practice tests, genealogy resources, and even live tutors!

To make all these resources easier to use, we have reorganized the page in three ways:

  • We've revised and expanded the database categories, to better reflect different kinds of research questions.
  • We've expanded the number of links, so that all the databases available to Terrebonne Parish patrons are can be found right on that page. The links are more direct, so it's no longer necessary to go to the State Library website to log on to state-sponsored databases--just click the link, and it takes you directly there.
  • Finally, we've added detailed descriptions of each database, to help you decide which one can best help you find the information you need.

To see the new database page, simply go to the Terrebonne Parish Library website, at http://www.mytpl.org/, and click on the "Online Databases" tab on the left side of the page. This brings you to the new database page:

If you click on one of the headings, the menu expands to show a list of databases in each one, with descriptions. For example, clicking on Biography reveals four databases and their descriptions.


Stay tuned over the next few weeks, because we'll be blogging about some of the great databases in our collection. For more information about our new database page, please check out this video:


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