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  1. How Do I Use My Public Library? Leslee Farish Kuykendal Chicago Public Library Northtown Branch

  2. Where Can I Find My Library? • Chicago Public Library, Northtown Branch 6435 North California Ave. Chicago, IL 60645 • Hours: Monday & Wednesday: 10 am – 6 pm, Tuesday & Thursday: 12 pm – 8 pm, Friday & Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm • (312) 744-2292 •

  3. Library Resources • Books • Magazines • Databases • Computers • Museum Passports • Movies • Music • Bathrooms

  4. Why Use the Library? • Print Resources • Electronic Resources • Human Resources

  5. Print Resources • Fiction • Nonfiction • Magazines • Newspapers Twilight by Stephanie Meyer Hunter X Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle

  6. Fiction refers to literature created from the imagination. It focuses on events or ideas that never took place or that were made up by the author. It can be about any person, real or imagined. It can take place in the past, present or future. Non-fiction refers to literature based on fact. It focuses on events or ideas that actually took place. It is usually about real people, alive or dead. It takes place only in real places in the past or present. What’s the difference between fiction and non-fiction books?

  7. Print Resources: How do I locate these books in the library?

  8. Electronic Resources • Databases • Public Access Computers

  9. What is a database? • A database is a collection of information in electronic format organized in a manner that allows a user to easily retrieve information about its individual entries. • Databases are usually collections of journal, magazine and newspaper articles, dissertations, reviews and abstracts.

  10. Databases: Purchased by the library. Content is reviewed and recommended by librarians. Information is organized. Information is stable. Search Engines: Free to anyone with computer access. No review standards with regard to content. Information is not organized. Information is not stable. What’s the difference between Google and a Library Database?

  11. Why use a database? • Using a database allows users to search for information in an organized collection. • Users benefit by locating more relevant results by using subject headings and descriptors.

  12. Electronic Resources: Databases: World Book Encyclopedia Online • World Book Online Reference Center offers more than 25,000 encyclopedia articles, as well as an online atlas, an online dictionary, and more. • Recommended for students in grade three and up and adults.

  13. Electronic Resources: Databases: Biography Resource Center • Biography Resource Center contains full-text biographical information on 340,000 people from all periods of history and from every geographical region. • The database includes articles from numerous biographical encyclopedias and reference works. Also included are articles from selected magazines, providing supplemental information on recent events in a person's life. • Search for information on a particular person by name or create lists of people based on their nationality, ethnicity, occupation, gender, and more.

  14. Electronic Resources: Databases: Chicago Tribune Historical Archive • This database allows the user to search the entire text of the Chicago Tribune, including classified and display advertisements, from 1849 to 1986. • This database is very useful in locating primary source documents.

  15. Electronic Resources: How do I access these resources?

  16. Public Access Computers with Free Internet Access • All 79 Chicago Public Library locations offer computers with free internet access. • Computers with Word Processing Software are only available at the Harold Washington Library Center, Woodson and Sulzer Regional Libraries. • Reservations may be made in advance using the library’s reservation system. • Two sessions per day per library card number may be reserved. • Printing is available at a cost of $.15 per page.

  17. Kraft Great Kids Museum Passes • FREE Great Kids Museum Passes available to 12 of Chicago’s world-class cultural institutions. • Adult residents of the City of Chicago may check out Museum Passports at all Chicago Public Library locations with their valid Chicago Public Library card. • Only one Passport per household may be checked out at one time.

  18. Human Resources • Librarians and Library Staff • Teacher-in-the-Library

  19. Questions?

  20. Bibliography • (2009). How Do I...? Retrieved Sep. 28, 2009, from University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. Web site: • (2009). Library Research. Retrieved Sep. 28, 2009, from University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, Urbana, IL. Web site: • (2009). How Databases and Search Engines Differ. Retrieved Sep. 28, 2009, from University Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, Urbana, IL. Web site: