It's been a while since my last post in this series, but that doesn't mean there aren't still great resources for free on the open Web. There are, and they're still some of life's simple delights. This time of year, I think we all need some of those. While we continue to pay taxes and our heating bills, why don't we sign online and find some of those raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens - those free online resources!
This time around, you can use the Web to do some of your own reference work. Find the answers to some of these librarian-level inquiries: does acai have any side effects? Where can I get a Hubbell electric water heater? What can I do to help me remember where I put my keys?
- Medline Plus - This medical resource from the National Library of Medicine is listed under our subscription resources, but it's also a freely accessible Web site. Get easy-to-read overviews of health topics, including recently published studies. Access quizzes, videos and games to help you calculate your heart attack risk or test your vision. Look up drug and herbal remedy information to find out that acai consumption may affect MRI test results.
- ThomasNet - The new home of the Thomas Register, this site provides extensive and professional information on manufacturing companies and their products. Search by supplier or product, and read up on product news. Browse electric heaters or search for Hubbell to find the company profile. Hubbell is based out of Stratford, CT and distributes throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as Latin America, the Caribbean, South America, Western Europe, the Pacific Rim, Australia and China.
- Lumosity -This "brain training program" from Lumos Labs has been in operation since 2005 and is now gaining wide popularity. Their in-house neuroscientists are working with some of the nation's top universities to continue advances in the Human Cognition Project - a collaborative effort to improve understanding of neuroplasticity in diverse population groups. Sign up for a free account and access games and activities that can help improve memory, attention span, cognitive speed, flexible thinking, and problem solving.