Reference Blog Entries

Calling all gearheads…and DIYers!

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Good news! Chilton is now mobile-friendly. This means if you need help with the maintenance or repair of your car, you can take Chilton's expertise with you into the garage. Convenient!

man working on car

We also offer the Small Engine Repair Center for repair and maintenance for motorcycle, ATVs, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, snow blowers, and generators.

And if you’re a DIYer–one of those folks who sees something not working properly as an opportunity to buy new tools and “git’er done”–you can get help from the Home Improvement Reference Center. This site offers tips and instructions for home decorating, electrical, maintenance, plumbing, and woodworking. 

To access any of these resources, go to, hover your mouse over “Research” and choose “Databases” from the drop-down menu.

  • On the left side of the page, you’ll see “Select a Database Topic”
  • Choose “Consumer, Home, and Car” from the drop-down menu
  • Select the database resource you are interested in
  • If you're outside the library, you'll be asked to enter your library card number and PIN.

And don’t forget, you can always contact a Reference Librarian by phone, textemail, or in person for assistance in using our databases and eBooks.



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!