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News from the Reference Desk

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 Benefits.gov, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), Defense.gov, 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!

By joecollier on June 5, 2014 Categories: Health, Veterans, Web 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!

By Steve Browne on March 10, 2014 Categories: Education, Employment, Web Resource

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. Checkbook.org 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.

By Steve Browne on February 20, 2014 Categories: Web Resource

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.

By Steve Browne on January 17, 2014 Categories: Web Resource

Announcing Lynda.com

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The Library now subscribes to a new exclusive web resource which you may have heard about before. It is Lynda.com, 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 Lynda.com 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: http://mppl.org/research/web-resources/?category=lynda

And if want to see what else we offer, here is a link to all our exclusive web resources: http://mppl.org/research/web-resources/?category=Premium

By Steve Browne on December 12, 2013 Categories: Web Resource