ConsumerReports.org Now Available!

We are happy to announce the addition of the Consumer Reports.org database to the multitude of other electronic resources the library has to offer to East Meadow residents from their home computers via our Website www.eastmeadow.info.  You can find the link to Consumer Reports by clicking on Research Databases on the left side of the library’s Home Page and then clicking on Consumer Information from the subject list.  Consumer Reports.org, the largest paid-publication subscription-based website in the world, enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for.  Whether a user is looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles, ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations, and buying advice for thousands of products and services independent of bias – they accept no advertising.  Try it for yourself the next time you are about to make a decision about which camera or car, new or used, to purchase.  Or check out the dozens of other products Consumer Reports evaluates each year.   Need help finding this database or have a question you need answering?  Just give the Reference Desk a call  794-2570 ext 550 or drop us an email here, or better still, come on in and visit us in person Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9-9, Wednesday, 11-9, Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 1-5.  We will help you find whatever you need.

New Resources Added – Available 24/7!

Three new electronic resources were recently added to the Library’s website: Morningstar Investment Research Center, Value Line Investment Survey, and ABMS Directory.

Morningstar evaluates more than 385,000 investment offerings, mutual funds and stocks.  When you use Morningstar, you can access investment planning tools and guidance as well as comprehensive financial information on hundreds of exchange traded funds and portfolios, which will help you with your investment strategy.

Value Line can be used as your personal online investment management tool helping you, as an investor, make better informed decisions.  Electronic offerings include easy access to Value Line investment analyzers and industry experts as well as their predictions of stock performance going forward.

Through ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties), find out where and when a board certified doctor went to medical school and where he/she received additional training as well as their office contact information.

All are available 24/7 via our website www.eastmeadow.info under “Research Databases.”

The Catalog is Evolving!

Before personal computers were prevalent, you had to use something called a card catalog to locate material in the library (see photo, circa 1962).  Those days are long gone.  For those of you wondering, 1995 was the year the card catalog left East Meadow.  Today, the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) or simply put, the catalog, has replaced dozens of drawers and thousands of paper cards.  The library’s current catalog is shared with most of the other public libraries in Nassau County.  It”s called ALISCAT and it can be accessed by visiting http://www.alisweb.org.

Soon it will undergo a transformation which will make it easier to use and a bit more powerful.  You can have a sneak peek at the new ALISCAT before it goes live. Visit http://encore.alisweb.org and give the new catalog a try.

Encyclopædia Britannica 21st-Century Explorer

Database logo for 21st-Century Explorer electronic resourceA new electronic resource for pre-K through 12th grade students was added to the library’s extensive collection of Research Databases.

From the publisher: “Britannica’s new 21st-Century Explorer provides reference and learning tools for students who read below grade level, are dealing with specific learning problems, or are at risk of falling behind. This user-friendly collection contains all of the resources that students need including encyclopedias, an atlas, historic timelines, a dictionary, news, and other essential learning tools. 21st-Century Explorer is ideal for reluctant readers, ELL and ESL students, and adult literacy students.”

The resource can be accessed from home via the library website or by visiting the library in person. More information about the product is available from the publisher.