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Better Than Google

This month I am presenting a sort of database round-up.  I want to discuss three databases that I particularly like, that are extremely useful, and even a lot of fun.
First off, Access Video on Demand is a streaming video database that is just a blast.  It contains documentaries from such illustrious producers as NOVA, Nightline, American Experience, BBC and many others. Just say it is too cold to come to the library, you're bored, there's nothing on t.v, and you want to be mentally stimulated, just log-in to Access Video, and you'll never be bored again. If you're thinking of taking a trip, there's Rick Steves' travel documentaries. Want to immerse yourself in history, Ken Burns' classic The Civil War is at your fingertips. Fill in those gaps in your education by watching the Great Ideas of Philosophy. Perfect those cooking skills with Julia Child or Martin Yan.  Search by producer or subject and you'll be exploring the world in no time.
Novelist Plus is a terrific place to look for a good book to read.  The Librarians use it all the time, and you should, too.  One of the best feature of this database is the section on read-alikes.  If you've just enjoyed, or are waiting for the hot new book, Girl on the Train, merely type it in the search box, and you'll get suggestions for similar books. In this case, 9 titles pop-up.  Those preparing for book clubs will find title suggestions, and reviews, along with the Good Reads feature, to check out what other people think of a book.
Finally, I have to give a plug to Bloom's Literature.  It is the most comprehensive literary database that I have ever seen.  Not only does it include over 20,000 critical essays, 13,000 biographies, 45,000 character entries, and 5,000 syopses, it includes actual videos of performances.  What a treat to watch a production of Our Town, or a Wendy Wasserstein play, or Romeo and Juliet, from the comfort of your own home.  Even if you are no longer a student writing critical essays, you can still enjoy reading and watching great literature. 
Try our wonderful selection of databases by clicking on the research tab on our home page. Click on the first entry, Databases, in the drop down menu, and see the fantastic entries that you will not find on Google.

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