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

      Online Resource of the Week: NovelistPlus

      Phew!  After a brief respite, we're back with our feature, Online Resource of the Week.  This week, it's NovelistPlus!  Calling all bibliophiles!!!

      NovelistPlus and NovelistPlus K-8 are the go-to resources for readers advisory in both fiction and nonfiction.  Just some of the things you can do on NovelistPlus:

      • Get recommended reads lists based on reader age and subject interest
      • Locate author read-alikes
      • Get recommendations based on previously-read books
      • View lists of award-winning titles
      • Create your own account on Novelist, where you can create and save your own lists or authors or titles
      • View and save/print lists of book series, so you can make sure you read the series in order and that you haven't missed a title!

      Need material for your book club?  Novelist also has book discussion guides with brief background material on the author, a summary of the book, and suggested discussion questions.

      For teachers, NovelistPlus K-8 offers curriculum-based book lists and annotated bibliographies.  And don't miss the book talks and book discussion guides, too, and the picture book "extender" activities you can use for after you read to the kids.  NovelistPlus also allows you to search on lexile range.

      Even more, NovelistPlus offers an advanced search tool so powerful it goes to 11!  You can conduct a search based on an author's nationality and/or cultural identity, publication date range, audience age, grade level, fiction/nonfiction, award-winners, etc.  And most books include reviews from such sources as Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal.

      How do you access NovelistPlus and NovelistPlus K-9?  Go to our Online Resources page and locate the resource under "Books".  Or click here to directly access the landing page for NovelistPlus.  Enter your HPPL card number, without spaces, and you're in!

      Questions about using NovelistPlus or any of our online resources?  Call the Reference Desk at 847-681-7031, or email us at hppla@hplibrary.org

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      Online Resource of the Week: Health & Wellness Resource Center!

      Starting today, we'll be introducing our "Online Resource of the Week" feature.  We'll discuss and highlight one of our subscription online resources!  This week we're looking at Gale's Health & Wellness Resource Center.

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      The Health & Wellness Resource Center (HWRC) is an easy-to-use medical database of professional and consumer articles, pamphlets, newsletters, videos, newspapers, and reference materials, designed to make your quest for reliable medical information as simple as 1-2-3.  You can search by disease or condition and find loads of info, as well as the latest in treatment options and drugs.  Want to know how alternative medicine might approach a condition or disease?  HWRC covers that, too!  Just click on the "Alternative Medicine" tab and search for your topic.

      HWRC also has reliable information on Drugs and Herbal remedies, so you know what to expect when taking a particular medication.  You can even type in your symptoms ("dry eyes") and see a list of medicine and herbal remedies that can help to alleviate them, along with an explanation of how those remedies work and any possible side effects and warnings.

      Directories are also included in HWRC.  Search the Gale Medical Health and Information Directory, as well as the National Directory of Adult & Senior Services, National Directory of Children, Youth & Families Services, National Directory of Mental Health & Addiction Services, and National Directory of AIDS/HIV Resources, Including Infectious Diseases.  Locate up-to-date contact and general information for various service agencies, companies, institutions, foundations, and chapters. 

      Need a definition? Mosby's Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary makes it easy to get the correct medical definition of a word or phrase.

      HWRC includes numerous links, by condition, to trusted, free websites.  Each site has been evaluated for accuracy and reliabity, so you know that the information you're getting is of the highest quality.  Want to take an online assessment of your health?  HWRC provides a list of several reputable medical sites that offer online assessment tools for a number of conditions, or just general health. 

      How do you access HWRC?  Go to our Online Resources page and locate the resource under "Health".  Or click here to directly to HWRC.  Enter your HPPL card number, without spaces, and you're in!

      Questions about using HWRC or any of our online resources?  Call the Reference Desk at 847-681-7031, or email us at hppla@hplibrary.org.

       

       

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