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HeritageQuest Online genealogy researchDiscover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. Contains essential genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help you find your ancestors and discover a place’s past.

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Master Popular Computer Software Print Email

Do you want to master the most popular computer applications? The computer skills tutorials on LearningExpress Library provide more than 50 easy-to-use courses to help you improve your computer skills. popular-software-tutorials

Most popular software programs: Microsoft ExcelAdobe AcrobatMicrosoft Word • Microsoft Access • Microsoft PowerPoint • Internet Explorer • Microsoft Outlook and more!  Courses are web-based and completely interactive accessible at the library or from your home computer with your library card.

More love for the Library of Congress! Print Email

I’m going to continue touting the awesomeness of the Library of Congress this week by sharing with you more exciting news! They just added 230,000 pages to their digital newspaper archives plus they’ve updated the look. You can search their digital collection of newspapers from 1860-1922 or even learn about American newspapers dating back to 1690!

The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities have partnered on this and are calling it “Chronicling America”.

Library of Congress offers "National Jukebox" Print Email

For the very first time the Library of Congress is streaming some of its vast collection of sound recordings of popular music, speeches and comedy online for free. We now have a National Jukebox!  Previously a person had to go to the Library of Congress to listen to the vast collection.

Learning Express Print Email

WCLS offers many valuable resources to our patrons, but one my favorite things to show people is the online database called Learning Express. Learning Express has something for everyone. In addition to offering homework and study skills help to elementary, middle, and high school students, Learning Express also offers GED, PSAT, SAT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and MCAT practice information, and in many cases actual practice exams!

Need to improve your computer skills? Just take a look through the Computer Skills module and find help for Adobe, Microsoft, plus Windows and Mac operating systems.

Looking to get a better grip on your personal finances? Learning Express covers that! Take a look at the Personal Finance Skills Improvement.

In order to access this treasure trove of knowledge simply sign up for an account using your WCLS library card barcode and a password of your choosing. This resource is available on the public internet stations in WCLS branches and 24/7 from your home computer. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

Finding an old NYT article Print Email

A friend told me about an article published way back in 2006 in one of the magazine sections of the New York Times. If you search the Times website you can’t find articles from that long ago. However, if you have a Whatcom County Library Card you can access an online resource called ProQuest that allows you to search thousands of magazines for articles going back to 1972. How great is that? I found the article I was looking for in less than 2 minutes! ProQuest is available in the library, and to access at home all you need is your WCLS library card. To find ProQuest, and all our other online resources simply click on “Alphabetical Databases” under the Research tab. Don’t hesitate to contact a librarian via phone, email, or chat with any questions!

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