If you know me or this blog at all, you may know that I heart the Ottawa Public Library. I heart it so much, and even more after finding this amazing awesome feature on their website. (Now, this is specific to the Ottawa Public Library, but I would bet that most public libraries, if not all, would have a similar feature. You will need to have an OPL card number and password to use the section I link to below.)
When shopping at the Herb & Spice I often peruse a magazine called “Natural Living” but I never buy it (being both frugal and in the process of de-cluttering). I figured it must be available at the library, but unfortunately my search of their holdings turned up zilch.
But a few weeks later my librarian friend was talking about databases, and I had a flashback from university. Databases . . . like those things that you can find articles and stuff on? The public library has those?? Oh yeah, baby!
So I followed the link called “Articles and Research“. I had never been to this section before, despite the fact that I visit the library website more than any other on the world wide web. Lo, there on the Articles and Research page, was a link titled “Search for Specific Magazines and Newspapers“.
I searched “Natural Life” and found my magazine, in full text, going back a decade, on about ten different databases. Clicked the link for eLibrary Canada, entered my library card number and password, and I found a full-text library of the magazine in its entirety.
It’s free. It’s easy. It’s paperless. It’s clutter-free.