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Massachusetts residents can sign up for a temporary (6 month) Boston Public Library eCard via the Web.

These virtual library cards allow users immediate access to all of the Boston Public Library’s electronic resources, including magazine databases, downloadable audio, video and music.

For more information, see the BPL’s eCard FAQ site. There is also a link to this along with the main BPL page on the WSC Library Website under Other Libraries.

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How can you get started researching your topic when you don’t know where to begin? Try Credo Reference!

With one search Credo will search 403 reference E-books. Each source is clearly identified so you can properly cite the reference. There is also a terrific feature called a “concept map” that literally maps out your topic and related sub-topics so that you can focus your research more precisely. This is an interactive search which means it is mapping your topic, not returning some canned results.

Try it out by clicking on our Reference Shelf  page on the Library Website.

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TXT 4 Answers

This service is free of charge, but standard text messaging rates do apply. Staffed by librarians from Worcester Public Library and across the country, librarians send the answer to your cell phone in 320 characters or less, the equivalent of two 160-character text messages. Interested? Text 309-222-7740 and then enter WPL – and TXT your question.

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While library resources are extremely valuable for any academic research project, sometimes it helps to use the Internet as a starting point in your search for information. In this Summer 2009 article, Paul Gil provides links to information about the best search engines (beyond Google), and the  best general reference sites. He also provides a wealth of information on and links to research fundamentals such as confirming the credibility of Internet resources and finding reliable sources.

Gil provides  lots of other links to Internet Basics, Web searching, finding academic sites, and searching the invisible web. Read his article at About.com:  http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/searchenginehandbook/a/studentsguide_2.htm

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