Friday, July 20, 2007

Handy References

The library's reference librarians often get asked to find information such as directions to a particular location, side effects of specific medicines, a telephone number or address of a local business or a list of books in a series by a particular author. The answers to these questions are often available on the Internet. We've put together a list of these frequently used Web sites on the library's Web site for you to use at home. To get to our list of reference Web sites, go to the library's home page ( and then look under Areas of Interest on the left side of the page. Select Adults > Reference Resources > Recommended Web Sites by Subject to bring up the list.

Sunscreen Safety

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), many sunscreens on the market are ineffective, and in some cases, unsafe. Specifically, 83% of the 785 sunscreen products studied offer inadequate protection from the sun or contain ingredients with significant safety concerns. To see a list of best and worst sunscreens, including information on which sunscreens are best for children, check out the report at the EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database.

For more resources on taking care of your skin, visit our online catalog for books on skin care.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Create Book Lists and Bibliographies

How do I create a book list/bibliography?

The My List feature can be used to create a list of selected titles (a bibliography) while performing a search in the library's online catalog. This list can then be viewed online, e-mailed to a designated e-mail account or saved to a local disk if accessing the online catalog from your home computer.

Steps for creating a book list/bibliography:

1. Perform a search (author, title, subject, etc.);

2. When you find items you're interested in, click on the Save My List button on the left side of the search results screen, to the left of the item. Continue to search and add titles as needed. NOTE: Titles can be added to the your list list at any time during the search, but not after quitting from the search function;

3. Click on the View Saved button on your results page;

4. Choose the format of the display for your list/bibliography. The Brief Display fits most people's needs, as it includes the author, title, publisher information and the call number;

6. Choose to e-mail your list to a designated e-mail address, view online or save to a local disk if you're using your home computer.