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Local libraries head for Net

Want to learn how to fix the clogged carburetor on your ’68 Dodge Barracuda?

Perhaps you’re looking for a list of all the publication dates of John Grisham’s novels?

Or maybe you’re doing a research paper on George Washington, and want to know what his false teeth were really made of.



Answers to these questions are now available either at each branch of the Nevada County Library or – with a library card and an Internet connection – from your living room or garage.

Thanks to a $14,000 gift from the Friends of the Nevada County Library, card holders can access five databases that went online recently.




The database provides residents with a technology that was conspicuously absent from the library, said County Librarian Steve Fjeldsted.

“Ironically, we didn’t have the funds in our budget for this,” he said. “We can be very appreciative to the community and the Friends of the Library for this technology.”

The databases include:

• The MasterFILE Premier, which provides full-text articles for 2,500 periodicals, 350 reference texts, 85,000 biographies and more than 100,000 maps, flags and photos.

• NoveList, a reader advisory database offering information from more than 120,000 fiction titles, including 90,000 book reviews and 36,000 subjects.

• Auto Repair Reference Center, with repair histories, details and information on vehicles dating back to 1954.

• Learn-A-Test, which contains more than 300 different practice tests for academic and professional concerns.

• The Foundation Directory Online, with information on 77,000 foundations and more than 400,000 grant awards for nonprofits and others. Users can search by field of interest, type of support and type of grant maker.

It’s a technology that can be used by the 50,000 who have library cards in Nevada County, including the county’s 100,000th registered library card holder, a 6-year-old girl in Truckee who gained her card Tuesday.

Several of the databases also can be accessed through http://www.mynevadacounty.com on the Web. Just click on the link for libraries.

“I think it’s fantastic,” said Nevada City resident Chris Owen, visiting the library Tuesday with his twin 8-year-old sons, Kyle and Ryan.

Owen said he might use the databases to help him fix a broken starter on a quad he owns.

“I look forward to exploring this.”

Tom Dunham, president of the Friends of the Nevada County Library, said the databases may be purchased again next year, depending on the success of their use this year.

“It’s a resource a lot of people don’t know about yet,” he said.


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