Library Provided Research Options

People always look to libraries for research assistance. They, after all, have lots of books! Beyond the books, however, we have many other resources for you to use, found on our Premium Websites page. Are you looking for a little more than a Google search result, and can’t find a library book to meet your needs? If so, this is the list for you! Bet you thought I would only talk about books, right?

Basic Research

  • Gale: Most of the databases listed on our Premium Websites page are linked to Gale. You can find research on anything from world history to home improvement. For students in need of scholarly journal articles for school projects, this website is a necessity.
  • EBSCOhost: This one is similar to Gale because it provides a lot of great resources for papers. The difference is that our subscription to Ebsco only gives you access to digital books, rather than articles or essays.
  • Kid Infobits: I share this one a lot with younger library customers. If you are looking for basic information on plants, animals, historical events and other basics, this one is helpful. This site is also from Gale, but it’s worth mentioning in a separate bullet because the reading level targets a younger audience.
  • Literati: This resource is available under “Services” instead of the Premium Websites page. In addition to provide online research options, Literati has an “Find a Teacher” feature that allows you to ask a person questions online and receive personal help for finding the answers and research you need.

Learn to Research

  • Universal Class: Use this site if you need help learning research best practices. It’s not a research resource itself, but you can use it to learn about a variety of topics. It even has a class called “Basic Research Skills” that will help you figure out research beyond the help provided in this blog post.

Historical Research

  • If you want to learn more about your family history, someone else’s, or just want to explore the genealogical information out there, this is a great site to use. The limitation is you can only use it inside the library, not from home.
  • HeritageQuest: This one provides many of the same resources as Ancestry, with the added plus of being accessible from home!
  • America’s Newspapers, America’s Obituaries & Death Notices, Virginian Pilot: All powered by Newsbank Inc., these sites allow you to search newspapers online. Find obituaries and death notices as far back as 1860, and general newspaper results from 1985 to now.

Local Research

Now that you know what to use, all that remains is deciding what research!

Thursday Thirteen – Facts from CultureGrams

Thirteen Things I Learned Using CultureGrams Database
For the next few months or so, the Thursday Thirteens on here will be focusing on the library’s databases, to help our library patrons become more familiar with them. Patrons can access the databases on our internet computers as well as from home using their library card and pin number. For those of our blog readers not in the Chesapeake area (anyone in Virginia can get a library card from Chesapeake at no charge), check with your local library- most libraries have some electronic databases to which they subscribe.
1) Norwegians eat pork ribs for Christmas called Juleribbe. (Recipes)
2) Henrik Ibsen, Edvard Grieg, and Edvard Munch are all Norwegians (Famous People)
3) The flag of Norway looks like this:

4)Norway is a constitutional monarchy, which changed the constitution allowing daughters to inherit the throne. (Society/Government).
5)The paperclip and the cheese slicer were both invented by Norwegians (Kids Edition).
6) Norway is just larger than New Mexico (Kids Edition/Land & Climate).
7)Norway lost almost half its population to the Black Plague (Kids Edition/History).
8) The island of Newfoundland has its own timezone, one half hour ahead of the East Coast of North America. (Provinces Edition- Newfoundland)
9)The Laborador retreiver and the Newfoundland are two species of dog that both originated in Newfoundland. (Provinces Edition- Newfoundland)
10) The entire territory of Nunavut lies within the Arctic Circle. (Provinces Edition/Nunavut)/
11) The flag of the territory of Nunavut looks like this:

(Provinces Nunavut)
12) Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech was delivered in Richmond. (States Edition/Virginia)
13) Arthur Ashe, Willa Cather, Katie Couric, Missy Elliott, and Edgar Allan Poe are all from Virginia. (States Edition/ Virginia).

Click here to go to the list of databases available through the Chesapeake Public Library System.