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By: Andrea Lhotka, Reference/Interlibrary Loan Librarian
For: Red Rock News
Date: May 29, 2009

What Can A Database Do For Me?

The Sedona Public Library offers a variety of databases and online resources to address your daily questions about automotive maintenance and repair, consumer products, current events, health, science and more. Databases are a helpful resource for factual, reliable and current information. One can supply the next book, CD, DVD, musical score, article or audio recording from your hard-to-get wish list. Others can assist you in finding a job, writing a business plan, conducting market research, preparing a report for school or locating business and residential directory information.

All you need to access our online resources is your Sedona Public Library barcode number. Go to our Web site at, click on “Find Articles & More” and select “Databases A to Z.” Select the “Outside Sedona Public Library” link and enter your library card number to access the database you want to explore. (If you’re using one of the public Internet computers at the Library, select the “Within Sedona Public Library” link. You already entered your library card number to log on, so you won’t be asked to enter it again.)

Here’s a look at some of our databases:

Consumer Reports

In this economy you can’t be too careful about how you spend your money. We provide a direct link to Consumer Reports, the finest source of information and advice on consumer products. Consumer Reports is a publication of Consumers Union — an independent, nonprofit organization committed to bringing up-to-date, reliable and unbiased information to the public.

Whether you need tips on purchasing a cost-effective dishwasher or your ideal laptop, or want to research questions to ask before signing up with a cable, phone or Internet company, our Consumer Reports database is a good source of reliable advice. Get current information on product recalls, product ratings and reviews and money-saving advice. You’ll even find recommendations on how to protect yourself during the economic downturn. 

ARRC Auto Repair Reference Center

The AARC Auto Repair Database is ideal for those interested in diagnosing problems with their cars. If you’re in the market for a used car, you can see what problems to expect and what repairs should have been done by the previous owner. The Auto Repair Reference Center is a collection of Chilton Repair Manuals in e-books format that incorporates vivid illustrations with a rich, multi-media experience. Whether you’re rebuilding an engine or changing your oil, Auto Repair Reference Center provides clear instructions to help you do the job.

From a technical service bulletin you can learn about known issues with your car model, such as the cause of that whining sound when you put your 1998 Jeep Cherokee in reverse on a cold morning. Or you can get details of the in-warranty radio exchange program for your 2000 Honda Accord LX. 

More than 33,000 vehicles ranging from 1945 to the present are covered, with nearly 800,000 drawings and step-by-step photographs. The database contains approximately 83,000 technical service bulletins and recall notices issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer; more than 99,000 enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing; specifications and maintenance schedules; and a Labor Time Guide and Estimator. 

Reference USA

ReferenceUSA is an ideal place to locate friends and family, research geographic areas, compare populations and find all things demographic in the residential, business or healthcare sectors.  
For the job seeker, RefUSA delivers industry and company research to help you enhance job inquiries with personalized information. For the entrepreneurial or small business person, RefUSA can conduct powerful market research about your competitors and help you build alliances with fellow business owners. Or you can search by median household income, home value and public filings to find businesses and residents that match your client base. RefUSA contains detailed information about more than 14 million U.S. businesses, 210 million U.S. residents and 855,000 U.S. health care providers. 


WorldCat is where you can find your favorite titles when they’re not available at the Sedona Public Library or within the Yavapai Library Network. WorldCat is a network of content and services available from 71,000 libraries with 136 million materials in 470 languages ranging from 1000 B.C. to the present. 

At the Sedona Public Library we use WorldCat to lend and borrow a variety of resources with other libraries across the country. The next time you find yourself hopelessly staring into the catalog computer screen, pay a visit to the smiling librarian at the Reference Desk. Let us see what we can do!            

MasterFile Premier

Of all the Sedona Public Library online resources, MasterFile Premier is the most analogous to Google with respect to the simplicity of its interface, immediate accessibility and multi-disciplinary, wide-ranging subject matter with a key variation.  MasterFile Premier carries full-text articles from 1,750 periodicals whose authors have had their works evaluated for accuracy and reliability. This is important when you can’t afford to get it wrong, as in business and education. While Google exhibits extraordinary accuracy in finding relevant information, information derived from the Web carries with it a possibility for inaccuracy and/or bias. There’s nothing wrong with searching the Web for information; just keep in mind the information found there hasn’t been evaluated.   

MasterFile Premier provides articles that are current and readily accessible from your home or office computer in either html or PDF format. It includes full text for nearly 500 reference books and 164,000 primary source documents and an image collection of 440,000 photos and maps. The image collection is a great resource for free images to use on — for example — your next Web site.

This is just a brief tour of some of the databases available from Sedona Public Library. Let us help you connect to the world of information.

Library Holds Special Book Sale in Village

Friends of the Library (FOL) is holding a special book sale June 5 – 7 to raise funds for SPL In the Village. Join us at the Village Fire Station from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pick up some bargains (maybe even a Father’s Day gift.) The Village Fire Station is at the corner of Slide Rock Road and W. Cortez, next to the U.S. Post Office.


Andrea Lhotka
Andrea Lhotka, author of this week's article,
is Reference/Interlibrary Loan Librarian of the Sedona Public Library.

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