HB Library Freebies, Part 3 – Online Journals & Articles

Ready for our third trip to the library for more library freebies

Whether you are a student going back to school, an author or researcher looking for scholarly journals – you will learn about the many free online resources available to help you find the perfect magazine or journal article that fits your needs.  Just get out your library card!

The Huntington Beach Public Library’s newly redesigned “Digital Resources Library” found on the library’s website (www.hbpl.org) has an impressive collection of online databases to help with professional, personal, and scholarly research.  Here is an introduction to four of them – Explora by Ebsco, Consumer Reports Magazine, ProQuest’s e-library, and SIRS Discoverer.  All four of these resources can be found here Articles, Journals, and Newspapers – HBPL Digital Resources Library – LibGuides at Huntington Beach Public Library.

We will start with the Explora by Ebsco database. Explora is an excellent source for students and library patrons to find reliable information for personal and classroom research. Here, you have access to articles, e-books, essays, and primary source documents about popular topics from reputable publishers – all recognized by library professionals. Database searches in Explora can be filtered by source type, date range, Lexile range, and content provider…including the Orange County Business Journal and the Wall Street Journal.  This is the perfect place to keep track of your research projects for both school and home.  Take a look at it by clicking on Explora.

The library is very proud to offer the popular Consumer Reports (CR) magazine in both print versions and online versions!  Consumer Reports is the go-to source for millions of people looking for unbiased product ratings and reviews. Their flagship magazine and buying guides contain comparisons of consumer products and services, and the results are based on findings from its in-house testing laboratory and survey research center. Now, the Huntington Beach Public Library card can view product ratings and reviews through the EBSCOhost database. Click here for Consumer Reports to do your sample search.

ProQuest e-library offers a diverse collection of periodicals and digital media content for young researchers on a variety of subjects including language arts, history, math, science, social studies, art, sports, health, etc. You can choose from “Trending Topics”, “Editors’ Picks” and “Common Assignments”.  An initial search in the search box brings up articles found in magazines, scholarly journals, or reputable online databases. A built-in citation generator will help you cite your sources for papers and classwork.  To look at the database, click here ProQuest eLibrary.

For our older research, there is the SIRS Discoverer database.  This is an editorially curated reference database for basic research. It is perfect for finding primary and secondary education assignments. Content is selected from authoritative newspapers (Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times), magazines, books, websites, and image collections. Editorially maintained topic pages will help students find sources for research on famous people, countries, animals, and pro/con topics. There is also the option to see a complete Excel list of the publications indexed in SIRS Discoverer — click here to check it out, or here ProQuest SIRS Discoverer to check out the database itself.

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