New Additions to #ChiltonLibrary from Ford and Chrysler, Plus, ReadSpeaker

ChiltonlibraryReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology is now available in the Repair and Bulletin/Recalls sections of ChiltonLibrary. ReadSpeaker® is the worldwide leader in online text to speech and its functionality lets users hear the article read out loud, as the words spoken are highlighted on the screen.

Users simply click the new Listen button in the Tool Bar. Pause and Stop abilities are also there. With the Settings button, users can change speed, highlighter color, and font size.
ReadSpeaker technology helps individuals who have lower reading levels comprehend details in Chilton content.
ESL/ELL users can better comprehend the content by hearing the English pronunciations.
Audio content from the Repair section can be downloaded in MP3 format for users to save and access offline.

In addition Full Service Information has been released for:

  • 1996-2015 model Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars, SUVs, vans, and trucks
  • 2011-2015 model Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep cars, SUVs, vans, and trucksThese updated databases describe and direct repair procedures specified by Ford Motor Company and Chrysler. Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs), Diagnostics, Scheduled Maintenance, plus critical health and safety precautions are also included.

Key Content Changes in This Release

Comprehensive factory diagnostic and service information for over 880 Year, Make, and Model combinations.
Updated repair and diagnostic articles
449,300 from Ford
305,561 from Chrysler
Updated graphics—More than a million from Ford using color to identify components and the sequence. These are also helpful to those who may be more visual, hands-on, have difficulty reading, or those with limited English skills. More than 500,000 from Chrysler, including diagrams and real photos.
All major systems, sub-systems, and components are covered.
Download complete lists of the new ChiltonLibrary makes and models at The Gale Blog.

Visit Databases A-Z General Reference for access to ChiltonLibrary.

What is a library? Is it just books?

libraries_knowledgeLibrary has more than just books. Discovery what the library has to offer at LVCCLD. Just hover over FIND INFORMATION on the library’s website and select HOT TOPICS.

Explore subject areas, where you will find a host of resources on each area.

Let us know what you discovered!

10 Tips for finding your family history using MyHeritage Library Edition

MyHeritageLibraryThe golden rule in family history research is to work backwards from what you already know. It is not necessary to have much detail to start, but it does makes sense to log whatever information is readily available and to seek out further details from relatives. From there, you can delve deeper into your research.

Here are 10 practical tips to help you get started or move forward on a family history journey as well as information on some of the many tools that MyHeritage Library Edition offers to enable you to make amazing family history discoveries:

1) Clearly Define Your Goal
Before you begin your family history research, focus on what you want to achieve. Is it solving a family mystery? Learning more about relatives on your father’s side? If you decide to pursue more than one line, be sure to keep your research organized and file the results separately to avoid confusion.

2) Focus on Surnames First
When viewing census records, for example, it’s not uncommon to find a relative listed with their formal birth name in one record, and then listed under a nickname in another. Search for surnames first to yield relevant results. Sometimes the first name is listed as the surname. Also, search for middle names that are often replaced as the given name in records.

3) Be Mindful of Nicknames and other Naming Variations
When looking for an individual, search by initials or shortened versions such as Al or Alex for Alexander. Try alternate name spellings that sound similar, like Aaron and Erin, for more results. If you’re searching for a William, look for other variations such as Bill, Vilhelm, Guillaume and Guglielmo. Don’t have a full name? You can also search by date of birth/death and other details such as relative names you already know.

4) Thoroughly Research Old Family Photographs
Go through old family photographs and see how many people you recognize. Show the photos to older relatives to help jog their memory. Ask them to identify as many faces as possible, so that this information is preserved. If you found new details about unknown relatives in family photos, you can now search records about them and add them to your family tree.

5) Focus Your Search Geographically
Do you know specific places or regions for the records you’re searching? Filter searches by geographic region to narrow results. This is especially beneficial when your family tree contains surnames that are common across multiple countries/regions.

6) Utilize Keywords to Increase the Relevance of your Search Results
When searching, employ as many keywords as you can. The more facts that you know, the more you can leverage them as keywords to help refine your search results. Consider keywords related to facts about weddings, tombstone details, birth dates, etc.

7) Search Specific Collections Individually
If a general search yields too many results, try focusing your search on a specific collection such as a particular census year, collection of marriage records, etc. With MyHeritage Library Edition, you can utilize its helpful Summary mode to explore specific collections individually, such as marriage, death, birth, census or immigration records. This can help you stay focused while digging through larger collections of records.

8) Carefully Investigate Dates
Decipher and record event dates and other important details. Always look at the original context of the event and, ideally, at the document in which it was first recorded to avoid errors in understanding when the event actually occurred.

9) Put Record Detective to Work for You
In MyHeritage Library Edition, you can take full advantage of Record Detective™ while searching, which recommends additional records for each record discovered, helping you discover a lot more in less time. For example, a newspaper article or obituary may lead to more records of relatives. A marriage record will tell information about spouses, and census records will give information of all those living in the same household.

10) Stay Organized
Last, but certainly not least, organize all of your data in alphabetical order, and always cite sources with as much detail as possible in order to make it easier to search through documents later. There’s nothing as frustrating as losing a critical piece of data simply because you didn’t keep it organized.

Start using MyHeritage Library Edition today, it’s free with your LVCCLD Library card!

Are you a small business owner or would be owner looking for business support?

gvrl shelfThe Library can help support small business owners or those looking to be come one, especially at the ideation stage as they investigate options and resources for developing a business plan, identify funding sources and research other start-up activities.

Let’s say you want to start a business that offers cleaning services. A basic search in GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library) of “cleaning services” delivers excellent results. The first, second, fourth, and fifth results shown below are actually from the Business Plans Handbook, a Gale series. Because of GVRL’s strong search capability and detailed indexing down to the individual entry level, you will uncovered  sample business plans.

Results from “cleaning services” search.

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Clicking the second result, “Residential Cleaning Service,” will send you to the content associated with the entry. Perhaps even more important, any user interested in starting a small business can also navigate through the title’s entire table of contents and uncover more helpful content.

Click the Table of Contents to reveal a drop-down menu and quickly navigate to a business plan template also available in this volume.

gvrl table of contentsYou can Download and Keep Content

Furthermore, any content that you download will not disappear—so no matter how long it takes you to work on your business plan, you can continue to reference their downloaded content, on- or offline.

Search, Browse, or Read Cover-to-Cover

Because you can search and browse in GVRL, it’s easy to discover additional relevant content. For example, suppose you realize—as a result of reading the administration and management portion of the business plan template—that it’s necessary to increase your management skills. Locating information about that topic is easy!

Click the subject Business in GVRL and browse management-related titles.

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Click a title to isolate a search. For example, a user can search the book How to be an even better Manager. Or click Browse Book to read the title cover-to-cover.

Want more? Watch our Insider Librarian walk through Business Research in GVRL!

Looking for the latest Consumer Reports Magazine? The library has it online!

consumers report 2014Read all the articles in the October 2014, issue of Consumer Reports, just visit Hot Topics – Consumer Information.

Back issues are also available all the way back to January 1985!