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Like it or not, the Journal News is the major newspaper in Rockland and Westchester counties, and we rely on it as our primary local news source.  Librarians are often asked for help in retrieving news articles and obituaries from the Journal News.  Unfortunately, for the greatest part of its existence, the Journal News has not been indexed!  So, for example, a genealogist looking for an obituary must have some idea of the date of death, or they will be endlessly searching the microfilm.  The same grim scenario exists for anyone searching the microfilm without a date.

New Mysteries November 2012

What the Cat Saw by Carolyn Hart
When Johnny Came Marching Home by William Heffernan
Drop Dead on Recall by Sheila Webster Boneham
Mrs. Malory and a Necessary End by Hazel Holt
If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance by Paige Shelton
Mistletoe, Merriment and Murder by Sara Rosett
Popped Off by Jeffrey Allen
The Boy in the Snow by M.J. McGrath
Question of Identity by Susan Hill
Twelves Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
Marseilles Caper by Peter Mayle
More Than Meets the Eye by J.M. Gregson
Hollow Man by Oliver Harris
Rest for the Wicked by Ellen Hart
City of Saints by Andrew Hunt
Death in Breslau by Mark Krajewski
Blood Line by Lynda La Plante
Fatal Winter by G.M. Malliet
Lambs to the Slaughter by Sally Spencer

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How the 1938 debate team at Munhall High School (Pa) would have loved using Opposing Viewpoints in Context!  Rather than pour over newspapers and magazines to garner facts for their debates, they simply could have turned to this amazing database.  Alas, they were unable to benefit from it, but you can save yourself all that work. Students can find information on today's hot topics by simply typing their subject into the search box, or browse by topic.  This versatile database contains 5,000+ topic overviews, more than 14,000 pro/con essays, 5 million periodical articles, as well as videos, podcasts, statistical material and much more.  Each topic is thoroughly explored with chronologies, historical backgrounds and loads of facts.

New Mysteries October 2012

Mad River by John Sandford
Death in Valencia by Jason Webster
Buffalo Bill's Dead Now by Margaret Coel
Murder Most Austen by Tracy Kiely
Hiss and Hers by M.C. Beaton
Face of the Enemy by Joanne Dobson
Outrage by Arnaldur Indridason
Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb
Wall-to-Wall Dead by Jessie Bentley
Died With a Bow by Grace Carroll
Sonora Crossing by Darrell James
Watching the Ghosts by Kate Ellis
Death in Four Courses by Lucy Burdette
Only One Life by Sara Blaedel
Murder in the Rue Dumas by M.L. Longworth
Death and the Maiden by Frank Tallis
Lack of Temperance by Anna Loan-Wilsey
December Dread by Jess Lourey
Chocolate Moose Motive by JoAnna Carl
Unkindest Cut by Gerald Hammond
Luther by Neil Cross
Brew to a Kill by Cleo Coyle

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Thomson Gale Legal Forms is a database that you may never need to use.  But, if you need a legal form, don't want to buy it, don't know where to get it, than this is the database for you.  Legals forms are specialized forms that are not easy to find. If you need a form as simple as a lease, or a living will, do you need to consult an attorney?  You can get them at some mom and pop stationery stores, or large stores like Staples, but the selection is limited.  They are available on-line for a fee from Blumberg Forms, but who wants to pay?  Thomson Gale Legal Forms leases the content from a well known producer of legal forms called US Legal Forms.  These forms are categorized by topic, and easy to find and use.  They can be printed out in various formats, such as Adobe, Microsoft Word and Rich Text.  Some forms can be typed in when you view them for a neat and professional look.

New Mysteries September 2012

Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs
Not my Blood by Barbara Cleverly
Bagpipes, Brides, and Homicides by Kaitlyn Dunnett
Never Say Pie by Carol Culver
Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Caller by Karin Fossum
Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
Munster's Case by Hakan Nesser
Rock Bottom by  Sarah Andrews
Champagne by Janet Hubbard
Deadly Politics by Maggie Sefton
Simple by Kathleen George
Queen's Bounty by Fiona Buckley
Crime of Julian Wells by Thomas H. Cook
Far North by Michael Ridpath
Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine
Sunless Sea by Anne Perry
Powdered Peril by Jessica Beck
Question of Identity by Anthea Fraser

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Are you a news junkie?  Can you never get enough of t.v. news, radio news, the Internet, twitter, newspapers and magazines?  If the answer is yes, then you are going to love World News Digest.

New Mysteries August 2012

Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
Death in a Wine Dark Sea by Lisa King
Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall
Hellbox by Bill Pronzini
Lethal Outlook by Victoria Laurie
Some Like it Hawk by Donna Andrews
Where the Bodies are Buried by Christopher Brookmyre
Harry Lipkin, Private Eye by Barry Fantoni
Death Makes the Cut by Janice Hamrick
Die a Stranger by Steve Hamilton
Crowded Grave by Martin Walker
Leader of the Pack by David Rosenfelt
Summon up the Blood by R.N. Morris
Death in August by Marco Vichi
The Wurst is Yet to Come by Mary Daheim
Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stuart
XO by Jeffery Deaver
The Caller by Karen Fossum (pub date 8/14)
Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs
St. Zita Society by Ruth Rendell (pub date 8/14)
When I Kill You by Michelle Wan
Twenty Year Death by Ariel S. Winter (pub date 8/7)

While You're Waiting.....

What are you reading before you get your turn for that wildly popular new title?  Here are some more suggestions to consider while you're waiting. 

Better Than Google

While I like all of our databases I do have a favorite that I use all the time. That database is Novelist Plus, fun to use and a great help to those of us who do readers advisory.  You can use it to find books in series order, find a read-alike, a book review, a book discussion guide and much more.  If you remember parts of a plot and forget the author and title, you can describe the plot in a few words and see what Novelist finds.  There are feature articles about authors, genres and trends in literature.  There are lists of annotated recommended books by genres and sub-genres, for example, religious mysteries, humorous romances and biblical fiction.  One of the nice features is the read-alikes, for every book you click on, Novelist will provide three read-alikes.  This database is great for book discussion groups searching for another title.  They have also partnered with GoodReads, so you can check other reader reviews.  In some cases, it provides a first chapter, ao you can get a sample of the book.

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