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DNA and Genealogy

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Genealogy is one of the country’s most popular pastimes. The ability to find information about one’s ancestors took a giant leap forward when an abundance of information became available on the internet. Recently it has taken another leap forward with the advent of DNA testing. Now many serious genealogists are using DNA as part of their research. 

If you are interested in learning more about it, the following resources describe the process and provide helpful tips.


Children’s Books


Database Articles

  • Facts on File – Today’s Science  Galloway, Evan. “This is Not Your Father's DNA.” Today's Science. Infobase Learning,Jan. 2012. Web. 16 July 2014.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Race and Racism  Verdolin, J. L. ”Ancestry.” Ed. Patrick L. Mason. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2013. 112-116. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 16 July 2014.
  • Gale Science in Context Vergano, Dan. “Find your Inner Neanderthal.” USA Today 14 June 2013: 01A.Science in Context. Web. 16 July 2014.


Resources for Buying a New Car

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Consumer Reports Logo imageAre you thinking of getting a new car? The UAPL subscribes to several online resources to help you with your research:

  • Consumer Reports has up to date reviews and ratings of cars, and is accessible for free online with your library card
  • The Chilton Auto Repair Manuals have recall information on new cars, so you can find bulletins and recall notices before you buy. Chilton can also help you fix your car down the road, with detailed diagrams and repair instructions
  • If you’re trading a car in, you can price your car with the NADA guides - we have the latest issue at the Reference Desk. Online, you can check out the Kelley Blue Book website
  • The Edmunds website has pricing information, including the average price paid for a car in your area
  • Just in case you're looking for insurance too, Weiss has a Consumer Guide to Automobile Insurance, and it gives banks and credit unions ratings for financial strength

Be sure to check out our print resources too, including the Consumer Collection in the Reference Department - we have several titles on purchasing a new car, including: