Did you know ...

by Ted McClure 4. April 2012 14:28

That YOU can have FREE access to a bunch of research databases from other libraries?

The Phoenix Public Library offers library cards to residents anywhere in Maricopa County, not just Phoenix. Databases available remotely include, but are not limited to, CQ Press Electronic Library (Congressional Quarterly), Hoover's Company Records, Business Source Complete, Academic Search Complete, ProQuest Digital Microfilm (newspapers), Wall Street Journal 1984-Present, MasterFILE Premier, and Gale Virtual Reference. It also has eJournal Index, which takes you to the database that has the journal you seek so you don't have to check several, and Summon ("Search Full-Text Articles" link) for searching across databases. See http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/pageView.jsp?id=9091.

The Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library has in-library access to LoisLaw (if you are a student planning to practice in a state that has bought LoisLaw like the Arizona State Bar bought FastCase), and remote access to HeinOnline and LegalTrac, inter alia. See http://lawlibrary.maricopa.gov/screens/webaccessman.html. "We function like a public library in that anyone with two forms of identification with matching addresses (one being a photo id) can receive a card. So, for example, a driver's license and a utility bill or voter registration card would suffice. We provide cards to both Maricopa County residents and non-residents without a fee. There is a library card application that needs to be completed." Jennifer Murray, Librarian.

The Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records offers remote access to a variety of databases to anyone with an Arizona zip code. Resources include Academic Search Complete, the Arizona Republic and Arizona Daily Star, Bibliography of Native North Americans, Business Source Complete, ERIC (education), and major newspapers, inter alia. See http://www.lib.az.us/azlibrary/resources_all.aspx.

The price is right—your tax dollars have already paid for it!

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