Little Useful Tricks For Finding Stuff You Like

Looking for a new great read? Give NoveList a try. For instance, say you love-love-love Walter Mosley, but you've read everything by him. Well, Novelist can give you a list of similar authors. Not only that, it can explain to you how they are similar. Just go under our research tab to see our list of databases and click on Novelist.

Now, say you're looking for this great book that was really popular 3 years ago only you can’t remember the title or author; or this CD from 1982 that had this blue cover...; or what was that movie last summer that everyone saw but you? Infoplease is this super online encyclopedia that has tons of info, including a year by year account of events (including popular books, music, and movies that came out)! Check it out to jog your memory. So how do you get there on our site? Go under 'Research' and then on the left click on 'AADL Select Sites'. Go under 'Decades', and there it is: Infoplease year by year.

SAT, GRE, and MCAT – oh my!

If college or graduate school is in your future, so are entrance exams.

While you’re studying for those tests, check out LearningExpressLibrary.com. This database offers online practice tests for the SAT, GRE, MCAT, and others, as well as general tutorials in math, reading, and writing skills. Best of all, AADL cardholders can access all the practice tests from home!

Find LearningExpressLibrary.com in the College, Careers, and Education section of our Research page.

Becoming and Staying Healthy During Recovery From Addiction

Whether you are in recovery from an addiction or are part of the support system for someone who is, take advance of the resources the library has to offer on the health issues for those in recovery. Check out The Wellness-Recovery Connection: Charting Your Pathway To Optimal Health While Recovering From Alcoholism And Drug Addiction, The Sober Kitchen and Safe Medicine For Sober People, which provide advice on becoming and remaining healthy during recovery. For more information and resources on wellness, consider using Health Wellness Resource found under databases on our Research Databases By Subject page.

One Stop Shopping for Information about Businesses

If you're looking for detailed information about a corporation, try Reference USA. You may be surprised to learn that you can get contact information for major American corporations, just by clicking into this database. Maybe you thought Reference USA was mostly for phone numbers? Wrong. Check again. This is an excellent database that includes management directories, images, competitor reports, public filings, and Uniform Commercial Code profiles.

Resources for Landlords & Tenants

As the University of Michigan fall semester approaches, student move-in begins!

Whether you’re a landlord preparing a rental agreement or a tenant looking to sublease your apartment, the Michigan Legal Forms database can help. The database provides downloadable sample letters and legal forms in a variety of categories, including Real Estate and Landlord-Tenant forms.

Access Michigan Legal Forms in the Legal Resources section of our Research page.

E-books (and more) for kids!

If your kids are clamoring to use the computer this summer, check out the activities available in the Tumblebooks Library database. The Tumblebooks e-books, audiobooks, puzzles, and games can be accessed from home with your library card.

Find Tumblebooks in the Kids & Teens section of our Research page. Select a category on the Tumblebooks homepage to get started, or choose the index list to browse for your favorite authors and titles.

Expand your magazine collection - instantly!

Looking for that article from December’s issue of O, The Oprah Magazine? Want to see what was in Time last month? You can access the full text of these magazine articles electronically through the General Reference Center Gold database. Library cardholders can even search from home!

Find General Reference Center Gold in the General Interest section of our Research page. Once you get to the database, choose the advanced search link. Enter your search terms, and enter a magazine title in the 'limit by publication’ box.

And, as always, visit any of our branches to browse our print magazine collection.

The Big Mac, a (nearly) perfect form of global currency

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Have you ever exchanged your dollars for a different currency? I don't know about you, but I'm always confused as to how much I'm actually getting. If I can trade one dollar for 0.75 euros, can I still get as much stuff as I would with a dollar (which, admittedly, is not that much)?

For over 20 years, The Economist has been giving a clever answer to this complex question: Big Macs. The Economist's Big Mac Index compares the prices of that beloved artery-clogger around the globe, and in the process helps show just how much you can get for your dollar. Or franc. Or rouble. In their latest index, you can get a burger in the U.S. for about $3.41. But in China, it will only cost you $1.45. If you're traveling to Norway, though, it will cost you a whopping (pun intended) $6.88!

The Big Mac isn't a perfect way to measure exchange rates and purchasing power. After all, you can't trade them across international borders (eww!). But they have the advantage of being made the same way no matter where you go, an elusive quality in international markets.

Want to find out more about the Big Mac index, or any number of other current events or international trade topics? As an AADL cardholder, you can actually access The Economist in its full-text glory in General OneFile, one of our great research databases. You will need to login to your aadl.org account to follow the database link.

Find a New Favorite!

Read everything by your favorite author? Let the NoveList database help you find a new favorite!

Take a look at the Author Read-Alike section in NoveList -- enter an author’s name and find books from other writers with similar themes, styles, or characters.

Access the database from the Arts, Literature, & Humanities section of the Research page. Once you’re in NoveList, choose the tab labeled For Readers, then click Author Read-Alikes. You can even search the database from home with your library card.

Help for Job Hunters

Whether you’re a new graduate looking for your first job or a seasoned professional making a change, the AADL has tools to help with your job search.

The ReferenceUSA database provides company descriptions, links to news articles, and corporate family trees to help you learn about potential employers. Plus, you can find mailing addresses and a management directory to help get those cover letters and resumes to the right people!

Access the database from the Business and Investment section of our Research page. From the ReferenceUSA home page, choose “US Businesses” to start searching.

And, Library cardholders can access ReferenceUSA from home!

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