Reference and Research

      The Reference Librarians at Highland Park Public Library are happy to help you with any research project. We can:
      • Show you how to use electronic resources
      • Assist you in obtaining materials from other libraries
      • Guide you through the overwhelming sources of information on the Internet
      • Help you identify books and journals appropriate to your subject

      From the Reference Desk

      Don't Google when it counts

      Don’t risk your business, investments, or class grade on sketchy research. 

      Google is great, but when you want to be sure you have hard facts and authoritative information, the library’s premium online resources are the way to go. Premium resources are collections of professional-grade information, written, complied, and organized by experts.

      They are:

      • Composed of published works where facts are checked and an editorial process is used
      • Well-organized, providing advanced searching that can help narrow a topic or suggest related subjects
      • Typically written from a neutral point of view, without hidden bias
      • Updated frequently and indicates the date of publication, so you can confirm how current the information is
      • Often available by subscription only

      Examples include Consumer Reports OnlineLexisNexisMorningstar Investment Research CenterAncestry.comWorld Book encyclopedia, and others. The library subscribes to more than 60 such services, covering a wide range of subject areas including business, genealogy, history and geography, test preparation, language learning, technology and computers, health and medicine, auto repair, and more.

      Access is free when you log in with your Highland Park Public Library card. Most premium resources are available from your personal computer or mobile device. For a small handful of these resources, access is limited by the publisher to in-library use only. Find the full list at: http://hplibrary.org/onlineresources/a-z

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      One Click Digital audio book service is being replaced

      Attention audio book lovers: The library has decided to discontinue the One Click Digital recorded books service so that we may bring to you a new platform. While One Click Digital served its purpose admirably, the new platform promises a superior audiobook selection that can be accessed more seamlessly and on a wider variety of modern devices.

      The library will be expanding its offerings through a recent partnership with Hoopla Digital -- a service that offers on-demand content for free -- and all you will need is a library card.

      Through Hoopla, which will be launching in the coming weeks, card holders will be able to download audiobooks as well as movies, TV shows, and music. Unlike One Click Digital, Android users will be able to access these audiobooks through the Hoopla app.

      We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Ultimately we are confident that this descion will bring to you a more valued and useable collection. Stay tuned for an officialHoopla launch coming soon.

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