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Research Databases: Do It Yourself

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Most Useful:

  • Chilton Online Auto Repair Manuals (LSC-CyFair, LSC-Tomball, & HCPL)
    (Cengage/Chilton) Includes "photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks."
  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
    (EBSCO) A full-text database that includes more than 1500 books and magazines, over 720 videos, 160 hobby profiles, and 3000 recipes from various health organizations, offered in a unique and dedicated user interface. Covers hundreds of hobby and craft making ideas ranging from hat making to model building.
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
    (EBSCO) Includes full-text information from over 120 reference books, magazines, videos and over 35,000 images for subjects such as maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, decoration, home and garden, outdoor improvements, plumbing and wood projects. The information is presented in a unique and user-friendly interface. 
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center
    (EBSCO) Features 470 full-text reference books with original photos and illustrations, including detailed instructions for 90,000 repairs on such equipment as chain saws, motorcycles, marine (boats), personal watercraft/jet ski, mowers, string trimmers & blowers, yard & garden tractors.

Also Try:

  • Pronunciator
    Fun and free way to learn 80 different languages through self-directed lessons, live instruction, movies, music and more.
  • Safari Tech Books Online (LSC-CyFair, LSC-Tomball, & HCPL) (NOTE: 5 simultaneous user limit)
    (ProQuest) Safari is the premier electronic reference library for full-text books on computer software/hardware, business, self-help, web design, graphic design, photography, marketing, and related subjects.

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