Monday, March 5, 2007                 Issue No. 25


In this issue:
Go Beyond Google
First Annual Teen Tech Week
2008 Rebecca Caudill Nominees
Income Tax Resources
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Go Beyond

Google is a great online search tool that we use every day.  However, it can be overwhelming with the time it takes to go through the thousands (sometimes millions) of results it gives.  It also can be difficult to know which information is reliable.  

The Wauconda Area Library to the rescue!

The library has paid for subscriptions to many different online databases.  Each result has been reviewed for reliability, and the number of results is manageable.  Best of all, you can search these databases anytime, anywhere with your Wauconda Area Library card.

Now, the library never closes!

Search through thousands of magazines and newspapers, e-reference books, dissertations, video clips, photographs, and podcasts to name a few, for general interest information by using the General Reference Center Gold, the e-book reference library, Gale Virtual Reference Center and the Daily Herald Online.
Search for colleges, scholarships, graduate programs, distance learning programs, and specialty career information with the Testing and Education Reference Center

Take practice tests for the ACT, SAT, CLEP, TOEFL, TOEIC, GMAT, GRE, as well as civil service exams for firefighters, postal workers, law enforcement, and citizenship.  Military aptitude practice tests are also available. 

Search for family history using HeritageQuest.  This database includes U.S. federal census information as far back as 1790,  over 20,000 books, 1.9 million articles, special Revolutionary War records and Freedman's Bank, which serves African Americans.
Use ReferenceUSA to search for residential and business addresses and phone numbers.  You can do reverse searches by phone number only.  Generate mailing lists for a neighborhood, industry, home-based businesses, sales volume and more.
Got homework?!  The library is your one-stop shop to get it done.
  • - Live homework help for students in 4th - 12th grade.  Available from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week.
  • Infotrac Student Resource Center - Get information from reference books, magazines and newspapers, photographs, podcasts and more.
  • SIRS Researcher - If you need to research a controversial topic, or a current hot topic in the news, this is the place to start.
  • BrainPop - This is a great resource for topic overviews for students in kindergarten through 8th grade with video clips, interactive quizzes and experiments.

Get connected with the Young Adult Library Association's First Annual

Teen Tech Week
March 4 - 10, 2007

Teens in grades 6-12 can complete the Techno Teen Trivia Contest for a chance to win a PenCam Digital Camera and other cool techno prizes.   Winners will be chosen on Monday, March 12.


Rebecca Caudill
Young Reader's Book Award

The 2008 Nominees have been announced!

For a complete list, click here

Just who is Rebecca Caudill and what is this award?

For more information about the library's Rebecca Caudill reading programs, contact the Children's Services Desk for students in 4th and 5th grade and the Adult Services Reference Desk for students in 6th through 8th grade.

Click Here for Income Tax Resources


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