News from the Reference Desk Category: Web Resource

Fashion books in GVRL

fashion-fadsGale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) contains a large variety of reference books available for reading online. One of the subjects we have is fashion. You can look through the complete range of titles for adults here: Gale Virtual Reference Library Primary Research.

Some individual titles are Clothing and Fashion: American Fashion from Head to Toe, The Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, Fashion Fads through American History: Fitting Clothes into Context, Fashion, Costume, and Culture, ed. 2: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear Through the Ages, and World Clothing and Fashion: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Social Influence.

ChiltonLibrary is now mobile-optimized

Gone are the days of dragging your laptop out to the garage to use the great auto repair instructions from ChiltonLibrary. Now you can use what you’ve always wanted: your smartphone or tablet! This enhancement increases accessibility and improves usability of the product so that it’s easy for you to navigate on any device.

New Database – DemographicsNow

DemographicsNow gives robust and highly-detailed demographic data. Ideal for gaining consumer and market insights as you consider opening a business, finding an untapped audience for your products, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and more. Reporting capability allows you to rapidly produce a variety of compiled reports to help you make informed and accurate decisions.

  • I sifted through all different kinds and hundreds of lines of data to find some interesting facts about the citizens of Mount Prospect.
    11,481 of us ages 16 and under.
    60.7% recycle glass containers regularly.
    82.3% of us say the most important factor for buying clothes is comfort.
    The average yearly expenditure on books is $30.09.
    The average household spends $737 on lunch and $1,012 on car repair.
    16.9% of households have cats; 14.6% own dogs, which seems low to me.
    40.6% of Mount Prospect citizens prefer food with lots of spices.

Science Online is your Experiment Central

Science ExperimentInfobase recently made a complete revision to their acclaimed database Science Online. Besides the usual improvements in navigation and interface, there are new, interactive experiments that replicate the in-class laboratory experience in a safe and user-friendly environment. This means that you can do the experiment in real life or run a simulation on the computer and not burn yourself. These are easily accessible for all types of learners with thought provoking follow-up questions. So if you are doing research or in need of a science project, Science Online is the website to explore.

Start your search with ReferenceUSA

ReferenceUSA provides fast online access to critical reference and research information. This quality data can help you:

  • Search for jobs by skills, location and industry
  • Find Business opportunities
  • Research executives and companies worldwide
  • Track down addresses and phone numbers
  • Locate out of town companies


One-Stop Veterans’ Benefits Help

Helping veteran and other service members find ways to connect to benefits is one of the services provided by the reference staff. Thanks to Executive Order 13426 (issued in March 2007) this previously somewhat confusing and laborious task got a whole lot easier. Order 13426 established the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors, which recommended the creation of a web portal that would provide service members, veterans, their families and authorized caregivers with a single sign-on, central access point to clinical and benefit data. This portal, now known as eBenefits, has arrived and is a great resource to research, find, access, and, in time, manage their benefits and personal information. It utilizes the National Resource Directory (NRD), a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs. Information contained within the NRD is from federal, state and local government agencies; veteran and military service organizations; non-profit and community-based organizations; academic institutions and professional associations that provide assistance to wounded warriors and their families. In addition it partners with and uses information from a variety of sources including, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS),, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Military Health System, MilitaryHOMEFRONT, My HealtheVet (MHV), Social Security Online, and TRICARE. Vets et al. can create an account and access their current benefits status, download their DD-214, search by location and topic for employment and education opportunities designed specifically for veterans and service members, and more. The site offers detailed tutorials on how best to use it, broken down by the type of user (e.g. veteran, current service member, related family). It even shows you how to connect with other vets via Facebook and Twitter! Without a doubt, if you or someone in your family is a veteran or active service member, it’s well worth taking a look at eBenefits, either on your own or at the library with a reference librarian—make an appointment today and let us help you navigate this comprehensive resource!

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center‘s four comprehensive school search databases offer detailed profiles of undergraduate, graduate, nursing, and vocational and technical schools in the United States and Canada, providing an indispensable tool for students researching and planning their education. Frequent updates keep the data–from Peterson’s Nelnet, LLC–current, accurate, and reliable.

The undergraduate school search, for instance, offers in one convenient place the most current information on more than 4,500 schools in the United States, Canada, and related regions that offer two-year and/or four-year degrees. All schools included have full accreditation or are pre-accredited and grant degrees at the associate’s and/or bachelor’s level. Users can search based on location, institution type, enrollment, faculty/student ratio, tuition, sports, campus setting, campus housing, admissions difficulty level, and areas of study.

Coming Soon: Significant updates to the graduate school data!

Primary Care Doctors

doctors Achoo! This time of year, colds and flu knock many of us off our feet. And while many seasonal illnesses are only treatable with rest and chicken soup, sometimes a call to the doctor is in order. The most important way to ensure you get high-quality health care when you need it is to establish a relationship with a good primary care physician. features ratings of local primary care doctors, along with tips on how to “check-up” on any doctor, and how to know when it may be time to find a new physician.

Announcing LearningExpress Library 3.0

learningexpresslibraryA new version of our powerful online learning resource has arrived. LearningExpress Library 3.0 features a new tutorial and test-preparation platform, with easier access to skill-building resources and new features designed to help students and adults prepare for success in school and at work. Upgraded features include learner, exam, and simulation modes. These timed and untimed practice modes help students and adults prepare for a wide range of academic exams such as GED, COOP, HSPT, SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT, and career certification tests such as NCLEX-RN, Praxis I and II, and more. Call us or stop by the Reference Desk to learn how you can have online access to these extremely beneficial learning resources for work and school – anytime, anywhere.



The Library now subscribes to a new exclusive web resource which you may have heard about before. It is, an online training library that covers many software titles, scripting languages, design and web development platforms, and popular online sites. You can find out how to use Word, Excel, how to take and edit digital photography, create 3D animation, and how to use your smartphone. There are also business topics such as management fundamentals, communicating across cultures, and how to run businesses.

What makes appealing is that these course are all video because seeing something in action helps to learn new skills, especially when it is a computer skills.

And it’s free to Mount Prospect Library card holders.

All you have to do to get it free is follow this link:

And if you want to see what else we offer, here is a link to all our exclusive web resources: