New Online Research Databases Available Through MLS Website
Need quick access to 100 years of newspaper stories? Need some almanac information for a report, or just to answer a trivia question? Is there one place you can go for a variety of information?
Here’s the place to start: your Metropolitan Library System website, www.metrolibrary.org. When you visit the site, go into the Database section and decide what area you need to browse in.
“Most of the information you can glean from our databases can be found in other sources,” said MLS Director of Communications Kim Terry, “but the search can be dangerous. Print material is often out of date by the time it leaves the publisher, and I think we all know how crazy some information can be in the Internet. The databases we subscribe to are the real deals. No crackpots or cultists allowed.”
MLS obtains access to these databases by subscription, as a person might do with a magazine. As it is with a magazine subscription, if a problem arises, or if a better magazine comes along at a better price, the library can simply cancel the subscription and move on.
“Most of these databases can be accessed by our customers from their private computers at home, but a few have to be used on a library computer.”
Two of the databases that have been used most heavily since their acquisition are the Encyclopedia Britannica Online Reference Center and Encyclopedia Britannica Online for Kids. Britannica features a video collection, timelines, and a “This Day in History” tidbit, alone with many other useful features. Online for Kids, in addition to the material users expect from an encyclopedia, also offers instructions for preparing research papers, book reports, science reports, and oral reports.
“And,” Terry added, “we add new databases all the time, so check in often to find out what’s the latest.”
The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.