Reviews and Blog Posts: research

How the Library Prepared Me to Buy a Used Car!

Used Car sign

I'd like to say that I tend to keep a car until it dies, but that would be a lie.  Both cars I've had in my adult life have been hit and deemed total losses.  Both were about 2 years old when I got them.   Both were paid off when hit.  So I'm forced to look for another car.   

A few weeks ago, our 2002 Honda was hit and deemed a total loss.  I turned to what I know best - the resources at the library.  And I asked a lot of people a lot of questions.  

Here's what I found really helpful: 

Entrepreneur? Startup? Take this quiz!

BarkBox

Do you have the next big idea? Are you an entrepreneur at heart? Do you have a startup you want to get started?

Denver Tool Library - and a quiz!

Denver Tool Library

Have you heard about the new Denver Tool Library?  It's opening up April 4th and it's going to be way cool. 

The Bookseller: An Interview with Denver Author Cynthia Swanson

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

Cynthia Swanson is a Denver writer and mid-century modern designer. Her debut novel, The Bookseller, is being released by HarperCollins Publishers on March 3. This work of historical fiction, set in Denver in the early 1960s, asks the question, “How did I end up in my current life?

What's in your future?

future

It's hard to believe 2014 is coming to an end.  Seems like just yesterday we were awaiting Y2K, judgment day, purple skies and people running everywhere.

Government Recalls Quiz - Exploding toilets? Partial Finger Amputations?

Easy Bake Oven

A recent Washington Post blog headline said "It’s the worst year ever for auto recalls." You definitely hear a lot about automobile recalls in the news. Food recalls, drug recalls, consumer goods recalls, cosmetics recalls. The U.S. Coast Guard even investigates boat recalls.

Seven Commandments of Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping

I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving, but Holiday craziness and shopping stresses me out - it all seems to be creep further into the loveliness and peacefulness of Thanksgiving every year.  

One of my favorite resources, Consumer Reports, has put out a useful one-page guide to help shoppers manage spending and financial decisions through the holidays.  I especially like #5.  

The seven commandments they've come up with are:

Fighting Ebola with Information

Ebola Outbreak Info

Wouldn't it be great if everything you needed to know about the Ebola virus was in one place, easy to find, and from trusted sources? Instead, there's Facebook and Twitter, the Internet, radio, TV, newspapers, email and on and on...

Ebola in the News Quiz

ebola virus

Ebola virus is making headlines everywhere these days and for good reason. Out of curiosity, I thought it might be interesting to look at the reporting on Ebola over time in something like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. It turns out, Ebola has been making headlines and reported on in both since the 1970s.

Take the following quiz and see how much you already know!

The New York Times, Dec. 1, 1976
The Ebola virus was previously referred to as:

Readers' Guide Retrospective: An Old-Fashioned Research Tool Gets a Modern-Day Search Interface

Are you (ahem!) old enough to remember the green set of Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature in your library? For decades, the Guide was the gold standard access point to US and Canadian magazines.

If you wanted to read all the article coverage of the lunar landing, for example, the Readers’ Guide would provide you with a list of citations across magazine titles, saving you the time of combing through each individual publication.

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