News from the Reference Desk Category: Web Resources

Spice is the Variety of Life

If you think that spice is the variety of life and love international cuisine, AtoZ World Food has you covered. Our newest web resource contains traditional recipes for 174 countries in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, dessert, and beverages. That’s over 6,000 recipes and 9,000 food photos. And if you’re interested in beer, that are over 750 world beer reviews!

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles

If you wanted to sell that pair of 1991 Nike Air 180 shoes you found unworn in a box in your attic, how much do you think they would get you? Or what about that Briar Pipe your grandfather owned? What about 1968 Barbie Doll “Flats n’ Heels” assorted footwear, or an actual Model T Ford you found in a barn?

Our new web resource, Price It: Antiques & Collectibles contains hundreds of thousands of items sold on Ebay and at auction houses. In fact, it is the world’s largest resource of antiques and the prices collectors actually paid.

And of course it has currency and stamps!

Weiss Ratings Medigap Report

Our newest web resource is Financial Rating Series Online, “powered by Weiss Ratings and Grey House Publishing.”
Apart from bank, credit unions, and stock ratings, probably the most exciting aspect is the Weiss Ratings Medigap Report. “Build Your Own Customized Medicare Supplement Insurance Planner,” is how they subtitle it. These reports are available for people age 65 and older, though if you are younger you can still run the report to see what Medicare coverage you will get and to what extent you will need to cover your medical expenses. There are ratings in the report for a large number of insurance companies. Financial Rating Series Online is really just amazing!

New States Added to WWII Draft Registration Cards!

Fold3 has added new U.S. states to its collection of WWII Draft Registration Cards! The collection (via the National Archives) now also includes Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, West Virginia, Utah, Alaska, Wyoming, and Virginia. The cards in this collection are registration cards for the draft and do not necessarily indicate that the individual served in the military. You can read more here.

Making Rare Materials Visible to the World

Scanning all kinds of material has become a common task thanks to the availability of devices like Flip-Pal and special phone apps like Pic Scanner for iphones or Google PhotoScan for android phones.  But what do you do with a book that is nearly 6 feet by 7 1/2 feet when opened?  The British Library recently faced this challenge when it digitized its copy of the 1660 Klencke Atlas, one of the world’s largest books.  The library made a video of the process available on YouTube recently. The Klencke Atlas contains 41 wall-sized, extremely rare maps.  These maps reveal what Dutch cartographers knew about the world during the High Renaissance period.  The public domain images of the atlas are part of the British Library’s Picturing Places online resource.

If you are looking for a digitized collection of items closer to home, go the the MPPL digital collection Dimensions of Life in Mount Prospect.  This collection includes an image of an 1873 map of Mount Prospect.