Databases to be cut!

Many companies have had to cut back on services that are offered to the public because of budget constraints. The Library is also experiencing challenges in regards to services that we offer. In the near future, you will begin to notice that we have made several changes to our electronic resources.

Many sources will no longer be available, so we will try and offer alternative electronic resources or other sources that may contain the same of similar information. Please remember, we are trying to provide the best service in times of a down economy and we appreciate your understanding.

After June, 2010, the following resources will no longer be available through the library’s electronic resources;

  1. College Source
  2. Commentary
  3. Credo Reference

We are sure you can find what you are looking for in the suggested electronic resources or other sources, so give them a try. Remember, in order to use our electronic resources from home, you must be a resident of the Las Vegas taxing district with a valid library card number and pin. If not, you can always use these at any of our libraries.

1. As an alternative to American Indian History and Culture, try The Biography Resource Center if you need biographies on Native Americans. Just use the biographical facts tab and then use as many limiters as possible, such as ethnicity, gender, occupation and more.
2. Use Nevada Career and Information Systems (NCIS) as an alternative to College Source. NCIS has all the colleges in each state. You can find the following information in NCIS under the Education and Training tab;

  • Programs of Study
  • Undergraduate School Sort
  • Graduate School Sort
  • U.S. Schools
  • Apprenticeships
  • Paying for School
  • Financial Aid Sort
  • Practical Learning Activities
3. No more Commentary, but you can find lots of information in Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints has articles featuring the latest pros and cons for many subject areas. You can enter a search term in the search box or simply select from the list provided. How simple is that?
4. Credo Reference is also disappearing soon, but you can use Student Research Center for all your research needs. The Student Research Center covers a broad range of general topics designed to assist middle school and high school students. Includes a dictionary, an encyclopedia, with the ability to search by topic.

As you can see, there are still electronic resources that will contain information to help in your research. Do you find any of these electronic resources fun and easy to use? Why or why not?


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