Reference Blog Entries

Get Ready, Bird Watchers!

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orioleSpring is fast approaching and the birds that flew south for the winter will be returning to us, while the winged visitors from the north will be heading back home. If you’ve ever considered taking up bird-watching as a hobby, now is a great time to do it! Our reference databases provide great information for anyone, whether you’re an amateur bird watcher or a professional ornithologist.

If you’re just getting started, you may want to check out these articles from our Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center:

For those of you who have been watching birds for some time and consider yourselves a little more advanced, try:

And if you want resources to search for particular species, regions or any other aspects of nature, check out these great science-related reference databases:

Now that you’re loaded up with all the information you might need, grab some binoculars, get out there and have some fun! For any other questions or information, just fly on down to the reference department, you won’t “egret” it!

Fact Checking, Campaign Finance, and Candidates

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Map of contributions to all presidential candidates with circles of varying sizes representing the amount given in each state

Even if you already know how you’re going to vote on March 15, there are many great resources for learning more, whether you want to fact check a recent statement by your candidate - or the opposition - or you’d like to learn more about where each candidate’s campaign contributions are coming from. The presidential races have garnered the most interest, but there are plenty more selections for members of each party to decide on. Learn more, especially on local candidates, at our Hot Topic on the Primary Election, and be sure to check out some of these great resources:

VoteSmart.org - Learn about candidates in races for the presidency, the Senate, the House, and more. Find out more about each candidate, and discover which candidates share more of your beliefs with the “Vote Easy” tool.

Fact checking:

Campaign Finance Information:

Early voting is currently in progress, but if you can’t make it, be sure to find your polling location, and check out a sample ballot for March 15!

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