Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Health Information - Googling for Guidance

According to the Pew Internet Health Online 2013 report, while "offline" assistance via health care providers is still the primary route for treatment, information and guidance, almost 60% of adult Internet users have also looked online for health information in the past year. Key findings of the study include:

  • One in three American adults have gone online to figure out a medical condition
  • Clinicians are a central resource for information or support during serious health episodes — and the care and conversation take place mostly offline
  • Eight in 10 online health inquiries start at a search engine
  • Half of health information searches are on behalf of someone else
  • One in four people seeking health information online have hit a pay wall
  • The social life of health information is a low-key but steady presence in American life

Instead of just relying on Google for health information online, be sure to consult Fauquier County Public Library's website, which has a dedicated area for online health resources. Here you'll find vetted health-related information from premium databases such as the Gale Health & Wellness Resource Center and Health Reference Center Academic, as well as links to free, trustworthy websites from the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Learn About African-American History

Frederick Douglass (AP)
February is Black History Month. Whether you are looking for recommended resources to use in a report or in the classroom, or you would like to be better informed about this special month, here are some online resources to help get you started:
Note: Links marked with asterisk (*) require your Fauquier County Public Library card barcode to access.
~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Science Fair Resources

Do you/does your child have to do a science fair project  Online sources for project ideas, tips and guides include:
  • Access Science - All you need is your library card number and you can access supporting articles and research for your science fair projects and research papers. Access Science's Study Guides section provides a program of study and reference. The topics covered are linked to all relevant material for that topic, including encyclopedia articles, videos, news and more.
  • Discovery Education's Science Fair Central - Includes hundreds of project ideas, advice from judges and previous winners and display tips.
  •'s Science Explorations - With the help of audio, text, photos, and video, students thoroughly explore six science topics, from the Galapagos Islands to giant squid.
  •'s Science Fair Project Ideas - Search/sort by grade and topic.
  • Neuroscience for Kids - The Experiment section of the Web site allows users to model a nervous system, create experiments on reflexes and advice on creating a successful science fair project.
  • - Aimed at elementary and middle school students, includes videos and printable directions.
  • - Use their topic selection wizard to figure out the best project for you.
Search the online catalog to place holds/check out books for science project ideas, including:
For more parenting resources, check out the Parents page on the library's website.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Friday, February 1, 2013

e-Resource of the Month: Business Insights/Business & Company Resource Center

Research and analyze companies and industries around the world using the library's subscription to Gale Business Insights (formerly known as the Business & Company Resource Center). Gale Business Insights allows you to...
  • Access deep research coverage with scholarly journals, business news and company histories
  • Develop lists of key competitors by industry or location, and sort them according to revenue and other metrics using the company finder. You can then modify, filter, or export your list!
  • Manipulate statistical data and customize your own charts
  • Analyze key metrics and compare companies and industries using our company profiles, proprietary private company database, and fundamentals comparison tool
  • Investigate investment opportunities, comprehensively and easily
  • Find parent-subsidiary relationships
  • Obtain competitive intelligence, market share information and product trends
  • Explore market-industry information and analysis — includes market research, investment, banking and capital market institutions and publishers
  • Study product and brand information
  • Compare companies within an industry
  • Target new customers and inform on potential business opportunities, distribution channels or prime licensing opportunities
  • Research career opportunities by company, geography or industry; explore related associations and business groups
Find Business Insights on our Articles & Databases page (under Business Information) as well as on our  Business Resources page, which includes links to library resources, business databases and directories as well as recommended websites.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian