Internet Search Engines
Internet search engines are special sites on the Web that are designed to help people find information stored on other sites. There are differences in the ways various search engines work, but they all perform three basic tasks:
Here are links to some of the most popular Search engines:
A database is an online resource that a library subscribes to that contains articles and information from print sources such as magazines, newspapers, journals, and reference books. WPL subscribes to two different types of databases: Article and Reference databases.
An Article Database (EBSCO, for instance) enables you to search through hundreds of different periodicals to find articles on a particular topic. Some of the articles are in Full Text, which can be both read and printed out, while other articles are only found in abstract form (a summary), or a citation (a listing of where you may find a printed version of the article).
A Reference Database provides information such as facts and statistics from a printed source. We have access to Encyclopedia Britannica Online, which is an internet version of the 32 Volume edition. An online version of a printed source takes up less shelving space. Reference Databases are usually subject specific, so while one database may be just an encyclopedia, another database may cover just History or Art or Science.
Although you can access a database from the internet, what you are accessing is a reprint of a hard copy source. Therefore, these sources should not be referred to as "Internet" sources. These sources are usually not found by searching on Yahoo or Google.
Woodbury Public Library's Databases
General - Encyclopedia Britannica, Mango Languages, Country Watch, ERIC, and EBSCO
News - Custom Newspapers, New York State Newspapers
Literature - Twayne's Authors, Gale Literature Resource Center
Science and Health - Encyclopedia of Science, Medline Plus, PubMed Central, Health and Wellness Resource Center
Business - Gale Business, Ferguson's Career Guidance Center.
History & Genealogy - HeritageQuest, Annals of American History
Biography Resource Center
Students - Britannica Kids, EBSCO Middle Search, Grolier Online
How does a database differ from a website?
A periodical is any publication that is published in regular intervals. These include:
Woodbury Public Library Periodicals 2015
The following periodicals may be found in hard copy at the Branch specified:
American Art & Review ◘ Bloomberg Businessweek ◘ Brides
Car & Driver ◘ Consumer Reports ◘ Cooking Light ◘ Cornwall
Local ◘ Country Living ◘ Ebony ◘ Entertainment Weekly
Family Circle ◘ Fortune ◘ Good Housekeeping ◘ Horticulture
Hudson Valley ◘ Kiplinger's PF ◘ More ◘ National Geographic Traveler
Natural Health ◘ New York ◘ New York Times ◘ Parents
People ◘ Photo News * Popular Mechanics ◘ Popular Photography
Prevention ◘ Quilter's Newsltr.◘ Readers Digest (LP) ◘ Scientific
American ◘ Sports Illustrated ◘ Time ◘ Times Herald Record
VanityFair ◘ Vogue ◘ Wall St. Journal ◘ Yankee ◘ Yoga Journal
American Girl ◘ Better Homes & Gardens ◘ Bon Appetit
Boy's Life ◘ Click ◘ Consumer Reports ◘ Cornwall Local ◘ Discover
Every Day with Rachel Ray ◘ Family Fun * Fitness ◘ Glamour
Health ◘ Hudson Valley ◘ Mad ◘ Martha Stewart Living ◘ Money
National Geographic* NG Kids ◘ New Moon Girls ◘ New Yorker
New York Times ◘ O: Oprah ◘ Organic Gardening ◘ People
Photo News * Popular Science ◘ Prevention ◘ Ranger Rick
Real Simple ◘ Redbook ◘ Seventeen ◘ Smithsonian * Taste of Home
Times Herald Record ◘ Woodbury Gazette * Zoobooks
Dewey Decimal System: What is it?
In 1876, Melvil Dewey (1851-1931), a Librarian, devised a method of classifying books based on a decimal (from latin word decem, meaning ten) system. There are ten large groupings or classes in the system. These ten classes of books correspond to the main divisions of human knowledge:
000 - 099 General Works, Computer Science
100 - 199 Philosophy and Psychology
200 - 299 Religion
300 - 399 Social Sciences
400 - 499 Languages
500 - 599 Natural Sciences and Mathematics
600 - 699 Technology (Applied Sciences)
700 - 799 Fine Arts
800 - 899 Literature
900 - 999 Geography & History
Each of the ten large classes are then further subdivided to include ten smaller subjects or topics within the large class. For example, the 800's - Literature books are classified and would be found on library shelves as follows:
890 Minor Languages
American Fiction actually has assigned Dewey number of 813. Libraries have taken 813's out of the non-fiction section entirely and put it in its own section in the Library, called Fiction.
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