Databases

Technology Upgrades This Weekend

technology updatesDue to Lone Star College System updates, access to internet, printers, library databases, and the Chat with a Librarian service may be interrupted online and at all LSC Libraries locations from Sat., July 22, at 8am, until Sun, July 23, at 1pm.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

We Are Always Open!

Yes, the brick and mortar building which houses the Maud Marks Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, May 28-29 for the Memorial Day holiday.  However, the library still has plenty of online services available 24-7.  Check out an eBook or eAudio using our OverDrive or OneClick databases.  Read a magazine using Flipster.  Watch a movie or TV show on our Hoopla database.  Play a game using our Tumblebook database.  Do some research using our databases.

LIFE Workshop: Genealogy Series

family treeWednesday, May 10, 10:00am
Genealogy: A World of Sources
Mick Stafford, Executive Director of HCC Libraries, gives you a bird’s-eye view of the wealth of genealogy sources online and through your library.

Wednesday, May 17, 10:00am
Genealogy: DNA and Medical Genetics Testing
LSC-Kingwood Professor Brian Shmaefsky reveals the state of the art when it comes to your genes and your health. He discusses the pros and cons of direct-to-consumer DNA tests and explains what they can and cannot tell you.

View the full LIFE Workshop schedule.

HOBBIES AND CRAFTS

                                                

Do you enjoy collecting, knitting, model building, or are you looking for a new idea to do crafts with your child?  Harris County Public Library has a Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center database that you can access anytime.  Just go to www.hcpl.net, click on Databases, and Crafts and Home to find the Hobby and Craft Reference Center to see the wonderful resources and ideas available.

Winter break is coming, do you have a research paper due in the New Year?

You may be out for winter break, but assignments and research paper’s await in the New Year. Consider using some of the library’s electronic resources to aid you in the research phase of your work. An excellent database to use for articles, scholarly journals, and scientific studies is Academic Search Complete, available through EBSCO Host. 

Using Your Library for Investment Research

Better InvestingWould you like to improve your investment knowledge?  BetterInvesting™ Houston Chapter will present a seminar on the investment resources offered by libraries.  The resources covered will include, among others, Value Line Investment Survey and Morningstar.  BetterInvesting™ of the national Association of Investors Corp was founded in 1951 with the mission to provide a program of sound investment information, education and support that helps create successful lifetime investors.  

Anyone who has an interest in building wealth is encouraged to attend.

Where: Spring Branch-Memorial Library

When: Monday, August 17, 6:00-7:00 pm

Cost: Free

Valueline's New Interface

Value Line recently debuted a new and improved interface.  We have developed a PDF with information on where to find your favorite reports.  In addition, there is also a video from Value Line that explains the changes.

Find help with hobbies, crafts and home projects

Have a new hobby, or would you like to dive more deeply into a current one? Need a craft idea for kids over the holidays or to show off at a gathering? Do you have a home improvement project that needs attention? These are a lot of questions but our new databases have a lot of answers!  Join us Thursday, November 7, at 1 p.m. to see how the Hobbies and Crafts, Home Improvement and Small Engine Repair reference centers show you how to learn and do the things you have been wanting to do!

Automotive Repair

Do you take it upon yourself to maintain your vehicle rather than drive it to a shop?  Do you rotate the tires, change the oil, or drain and replenish the radiator fluid on a regular basis?  For basic auto work, you've probably relied upon a model specific copy of the Chilton or Haynes manual to guide you through the task at hand.  Did you know that you can access numerous Chilton guides from your personal computer or a public computer at the library?  Just click on the Databases tab located on the HCPL homepage and look for the automotive link.  Here, you should find more than enough information to start turning a wrench.

The OverDrives, They Are A-Changin'

Just when you thought you had figured out exactly how to check eBooks out to your Digital Device from our Digital Media Catalog, our primary eBook distributor, OverDrive has gone and changed things on us. 

In the next few weeks, you will find that the OverDrive interface has had a bit of a makeover - one that they purport will make the eBook checkout process easier, but one that may also, on first encounter, cause the anxiety of figuring this whole eBook thing out to return.

But do not worry, for HCPL is here to help!  The first place to go for help with this "Next Generation" of OverDrive is with this handy guide provided by our very helpful digital media support staff, fully equipped with this informative video provided by OverDrive.

Here at Northwest, we'll also be holding our Tech Tutors sessions every Saturday during January and February from 10 am to noon.  Bring in your device, and we'll help guide you through the eBook checkout process, hopefully in the least confusing way.  We're here to help!

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