Spotlight on Reference
We might call this “Flashlight” rather than “Spotlight” since we want you to hunt for some hidden treasures on our web site. However, we don’t want them to remain “hidden;” we want you to know where they are and hope you will use them.
When you click on Reference Sources under Tools, you will see a list of valuable online resources—no fees and no special passwords (just your AC login and password for certain resources). Perhaps you looked at this page before for News Sources, or Maps, or for Dictionaries and Encyclopedias (the D & E page was highlighted in a previous newsletter and is available from our Reference Item Archive). These links provide access to focused resources that may be more helpful for specific research needs than a general database like RooSearch. Since you are already limiting to specific formats (i.e., newspaper articles), you won’t need to add them as a limiter for searching.
For even more unique treasures, check out General Sources. Here you will find a huge variety of resources. What do I mean by variety? Well, there’s
- Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
- Birds of North America
- Currency Converter
- Human Rights Library
And yes, many more! Browse through the lists of these free Reference Sources yourself and look for some hidden gems that you can see yourself using now and/or in the near future. And then they won’t be so hidden any more.