News from the Research Desk

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Minding your money with library resources

There is a lot of economic news to keep track of these days. If you’ve got your mind on your money, the library has some helpful resources to put those economic indicators in perspective. 

These databases are freely available from any public computer in the library, or from home with your library card. 

Value_Line_wr_iconValueline: This investment research service creates reports on stocks and mutual funds, including their popular one-page reports.  

 

Morningstar_wr_iconMorningstar: The premier source for mutual fund information, Morningstar is known for their comprehensive star ranking system.  

 

weiss iconFinancial Ratings Series Online (Weiss): Find information about investments as well as ratings for banks, credit unions, Medigap plans, and much more.

 

The library also has a number of financial newsletters available in the Business Section. 

For more business and financial resources, visit the Business and Financial Research GuideWith questions about accessing these or any of the resources available from the library, or to schedule a reference appointment with the Business Librarian, contact the Research Desk. 

Illinois Courts launch personalized guide service

Illinois Court HelpIL court help: your guide through the courts is a new, free service from the Illinois Courts that connects people to the information they need to go to court. Call or text (833) 411-1121 to connect with a trained court guide who can provide specific answers to questions about the court process, like how to e-file court documents and how to appear in court by phone or video.   

Illinois Court Help is a go-to source for court information, especially for people who don’t have a lawyer. Guides will provide step-by-step instructions to help make the court process less confusing. Court users will also be able to access plain language forms that can be used in any Illinois court.  

While Illinois Court Help will not provide legal advice, guides will refer people to legal aid and other community services that can help them solve their problem. 

Initial hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, with expanded hours to come over the next few months.   

Visit ILCourthelp.gov to find more information.   

O’Reilly offers new business and technology titles

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A new and notable web resource is available for patrons to use at the library or from home with their library card.
O’Reilly for Public Libraries offers current and popular titles in the fields of technology and business. Patrons looking to expand their technical and career skills will be particularly interested in checking out this resource.    

The collection, which features more than 50,000 e-books and 30,000 hours of video, can only be viewed through the O’Reilly for Public Libraries website.


O'Reilly Playlists

Included in the collection of titles is most of the popular “For Dummies” series. Looking for a deeper dive in to a specific topic, such as Blockchain or Business Strategy? O’Reilly for Public Libraries offers expert-curated playlists on subject including machine learning, cloud computing and software architecture.

Try searching for other specialized technology and business subject areas such as:

  • Data Engineering 
  • Adobe Photoshop 
  • Amazon Web Services 
  • FinTech 
  • Team Management and Leadership 
  • Stock Trading 
  • And many, many more. 

As always, if you have questions about accessing this or any of the resources available through the Web Resources page, contact the Research Desk. 

Resume Builder from Peterson’s Test and Career Prep

Creating a new or updated resume can be overwhelming. The Resume Builder tool available from Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep, available through the library’s website, can simplify the process and give your resume a visual boost. 

To get started from home, select Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep after logging with your library card on the Web Resources page.  

Resume Builder resume exampleSelect “Explore Careers”, then “Career Tools,” and finally “Create a Resume. Creating a login before you get started will allow you to save your changes and make updates at a later date. Once you’ve created a resume or cover letter, download it as a Word document or PDF, or create a link to share with prospective employers.

For more support with creating resumes and cover letters or assistance with accessing any of the library’s Web Resources, contact the Research Desk. More suggestions for library resources and websites to support the job search are available on the job and career development research guide.