Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Spiritual Literacy Month

December, a time for holidays and observances of different faiths and cultural traditions, is also Spiritual Literacy Month. Broadening your understanding of religions and cultures from around the world with these e-resources:
~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Search Like a Librarian

If you're a frequent library user, you probably spend a lot of time searching for items in our catalog.

The library catalog is a powerful tool, but sometimes it's challenging to narrow your search to the items you want. Here are some tips for power users who want to master our catalog.

1. Modify Your Search

Getting too many search results? Modify Search will help you narrow your search.


In this example, a search for "pie" has 8 pages of results—everything from pie-themed mysteries to picture books.

Select Modify Search to limit the scope of your search. Options include:
  • Location: Limit your search to items at specific branches and in specific collections (such as Juvenile and Audiovisual).
  • Material Type: Limit your search by material type. Material types include print books, CD books, and DVDs.
  • Year: Limit by publication year. Use this option if you only want newer titles on a topic.
Using Modify Search, I can limit my pie search to the Warrenton Adult collection and Printed Materials. Using this technique, I get 3 pages of results, not 8.


2. Search by Call Number

Modify Search is powerful, but it doesn't search categories such as mystery or science fiction.

You can search these categories using the call number prefixes on our item spines. Prefixes include FIC for adult fiction, MYS for adult mysteries, and CF for adult fiction on CD. You'll find a list of item prefixes on our catalog help page.

To search a single category, include the call number prefix in your keyword search. For instance, to find pie-themed mysteries for a foodie book club, search for pie MYS.


This search will bring up results with the prefix MYS. Instead of slogging through 8 pages of results, you'll get a single page of delicious titles such as Pecan Pies and Homicides. 

You can also search for nonfiction items by their Dewey Decimal Classification. Select CALL NO from the drop-down menu on the left and enter the call number you want.

For instance, a search for 796.323 will find basketball nonfiction, and a search for 378.3 will find college financial aid guides. You don't need to memorize Dewey Decimal to use this technique—browse the shelves, check our catalog Dewey Decimal Classification help page, or ask a librarian to find the section appropriate to your search.


If you have questions about the catalog or need help finding a specific item, our librarians are happy to help. You can visit a library branch, call us, or ask online.

Happy searching!

Becky @ Warrenton


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Resources for Holiday Giving

One highlight of the holiday season is the wealth of opportunities to volunteer and give charitably. Yet it can be challenging to figure how to best contribute time and resources.

Charity rating websites can help you get a sense of whether the charity you're interested in is truly effective. Give.org and Charity Navigator are two websites that evaluate charities based on their financial reports, organizational transparency, and overall effectiveness. These websites help identify charities that will make the most of your donation.

It's important to be aware that charity scams pop up during the holidays. The Federal Trade Commission has a Charity Scams page that will help you identify fraudulent charities. If you are donating to a charity based in Virginia, you can verify an organization's nonprofit status or submit a complaint through the Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs.

It can be especially fulfilling to donate one's time during the holidays. At Volunteer Match, you can search for volunteer opportunities based on your location and interests. Closer to home, the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce membership directory lists local nonprofits and charities.

If your holiday generosity extends to organizations within the community, please consider adding the Fauquier County Public Library, to your list. Our holiday tree campaign is in full swing, and we also welcome your support throughout the year.

~ Happy Holidays!

Becky @ Warrenton

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

e-Resource of the Month - Business Insights: Essentials

Research and analyze companies and industries around the world using the library's subscription to Business Insights: Essentials. Business Insights: Essentials 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 the heading 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

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