Tag Archives: Databases

RB Digital (Zinio) Maintenance – November 2nd

Please be advised, the RBdigital Gateway will be undergoing site maintenance Wednesday November 2 between 10pm and 4am EDT. You may experience a disruption in service and be unable to checkout, read online, or download eMagazines through the app or browser while this maintenance is in progress. We appreciate your patience. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact library staff....
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Online Access to Consumer Reports

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…decorations are up, Christmas melodies are filling the airwaves, homemade cookies are materializing in lunchrooms, and there are beautiful light displays scattered throughout the city. Cocoa, candy canes, made-for-tv movies, gift-giving guides– yep, I pretty much love it all.  If you haven’t figured it out, I am THAT person who gets super excited for almost all things Christmas. Almost? There’s only one thing...
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Change to Electronic Collections

WPL has made some changes to our electronic collections for January 2015.  We will be directing all customers to use Chilton Library.com for their automotive repair needs. Our subscription to AutoRepair Reference Centre has been cancelled, due to cost and duplication of information. In addition, we’re happy to announce that music lovers will find a new, enormous selection of songs and albums at Hoopla. Because of cost and selection, we are no...
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2014: eResource Year in Review

2014. Is it just me? Or did the tablet, phone, phablet market explode this year? I used to be a gal with a purse for every occasion. I had my work purse, my school purse, my Tiger game purse, my fancy purse, my vacation purse, my running around with little kiddos purse; the list goes on, but I’ll spare you the details. This year I have come to realize that...
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Overdrive…It just keeps getting better and better

Why do people love eBooks so much? They’re portable. They’re lightweight. You don’t have to pick them up…or return them. The font size is adjustable. You don’t have to worry about losing your page. Really, this list could go on and on and on, but I’m not here to sell you on why you should give eBooks a try (I did a lot of that in June). If you’re already...
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NOVELIST…a gold mine for fiction readers

I’d wager that most library staff (myself included) look forward to patrons asking them a version of the following question: “Read anything good lately?” That’s usually an easy one! More difficult are the questions dealing with authors or genres that we’re not familiar with or perhaps have never even heard of. “You want a viking time-travel mystery novel?”  Hmmmm, give me a sec to think about it. That’s when we...
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Music & Audiobooks now Available on Hoopla

Hoopla, Hoopla, HOOPLA! This word has been in my vocabulary for about a year now, and it’s just as much fun every time I say it.  With our Hoopla-versary just around the corner, let’s look back and reflect on all of the reasons why we love this eResource so dearly. –Every title is available right away. No waiting. No holds. Ever. –It’s available anytime, anywhere.  I have used Hoopla on...
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Learning Express Library (LEL)

TOEIC; TOEFL; GED; GRE; SAT; OMG! LEL! TISA! Are you shaking your head right now and wondering what all of this means?  It’s part of a game that we play here at the library: Standardized Test or Internet Slang.  One person throws out an acronym, and the other has to guess which category it belongs to.  Fun…right? Speaking of fun (and standardized tests), Learning Express Library (one of my favourite...
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Music Free & Legal: Freegal

Illegally downloading music is never a good idea.  In addition to being against the law, it’s unfair to the artists, producers, record labels, and music industry affiliates.  On top of all this, it can really harm your computer. Try to imagine using BitTorrent, P2P, and other file sharing networks as taking candy from a stranger.  You might be fine, but, there’s always that chance that the candy is tainted and will make...
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Online Resources for Auto Repair

Are you a car enthusiast? Auto repair DIYer? Have you recently purchased a new or used car that you would like to learn more about? Do you have a general interest in cars and how they work? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then we’ve got two easy to use databases that are perfect for you: Chilton Library and Auto Repair Reference Center. Both of these databases...
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Getting Started with Zinio Digital Magazines

On March 1st we expanded our E-Resource collection to include Zinio Digital Magazines.  Current editions of many popular titles are now available online through our databases page.   If you would like to learn more about Zinio, or are having trouble setting up your account, you will probably find the guide below to be very helpful.  It contains detailed instructions, screen shots, and a link to customer support. Click this...
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World’s Largest Newsstand, Now Available!

Customers of Windsor Public Library have now unlimited multi-user access to a selection of complete digital magazines, easily viewed on most internet-enabled devices, through Zinio for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand! Zinio for Libraries enables you to: • enjoy complete digital editions of your favourite magazines – some of which are only available in this format; • download full-colour magazines with interactive elements such as audio and video; • find the stories...
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Travel Resources

Are you planning a trip in the near future? Not so near future? Scouting out exotic destinations for when your lotto numbers finally match up? Whatever the reason, keep in mind that you have access to helpful travel resources through the Windsor Public Library. E-BOOKS: Travel e-Books are available through our Overdrive collection, and can be downloaded to your tablet or mobile device.  We have hundreds of guides for cities...
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WPL Continues to Expand its Database Collection

Windsor Public Library is pleased to announce it is now offering another online eResource to WPL customers: PressDisplay. WPL joins 13 other Ontario public libraries currently offering this service. PressDisplay is the online version of the resource that produces WPL’s printed NewspaperDirect Print-On-Demand newspapers, which are offered in-branch at Central Library (850 Ouellette Avenue). PressDisplay provides instant online access to today’s newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format....
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How to Celebrate the Birthday of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes‘ birth date is widely agreed to be January 6, 1854 (based on the scholarship of Christopher Morley, American journalist, novelist, essayist, poet, and founder, in 1934, of the Baker Street Irregulars-the oldest literary society dedicated to Sherlock Holmes). Perhaps no other fictional character ever created possesses the enduring popularity and seeming immortality of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Indeed, Conan Doyle himself was ultimately unsuccessful in killing...
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WPL adds the eReading Room for Kids to its digital collection

Windsor Public Library has expanded its services with a new digital collection web site experience just for kids called the eReading Room for Kids. The main digital collection, windsor.lib.overdrive.com, now has a separate site to provide a safe, friendly, and easy browsing experience for children. To access the eReading Room for Kids, visit the Windsor Public Library web site, click on eResources, click on Databases, and under For Kids &...
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See and Be Seen: Winter Driving

After the snowstorm Windsor had December 14, Nancy Cain, of AAA Michigan, told WDET‘s Pat Batcheller that AAA had “lots of calls for help where people actually hadn’t scraped off their front windshield.” You’re surely telling yourself you’d never do anything that dopey, but there are likely many other winter driving precautions for which you may not have thought to prepare. A reminder might be in order, especially in light...
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Even more hoopla digital!

In response to customer demand, Windsor Public Library has increased the monthly limit of titles that can be borrowed via hoopla digital. To find WPL’s hoopla digital collection of TV shows and movies, visit www.windsorpubliclibrary.com, click on eResources, click on Databases, and under For Everybody, you will find hoopla digital. (Make sure you have your WPL library card and PIN number handy. Click here for more information on using hoopla...
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Available beginning today at WPL: access to thousands of legal forms!

Windsor Public Library is pleased today to launch a new database for community use: LawDepot! Receive unlimited access to thousands of Canadian legal forms across all categories, including Wills and Powers of Attorney, Rental and Lease, Corporate documents, Landlord and Tenant, Goods & Service related forms, Loans, Debts, IOUs, Marriage and Divorce, Living Arrangements, Partnership and Joint Venture, Human Resources and a variety of other documents such as confidentiality agreements,...
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Learn Languages Online with Mango

Mango is an online language-learning system available free to WPL customers with library cards in good standing. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. By listening to and repeating after material designed from native conversations, you’ll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you’ll know how they’re used in practical situations and conversations. You’ll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation, you’ll...
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