Meet Layal: As a child know-it-all, I've grown into a resourceful adult who knows I don't know everything. But, that has never stopped me from helping people find information. It doesn't matter if I'm at family dinner, at a friend's birthday party or passing by strangers who are wondering things aloud.
Meet her list: One of the best parts of my job is not only finding the books that people need but also showing them that their library card is the golden ticket to a ton of carefully curated information.
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Academic Search Complete
One of the great tragedies of graduating from college is losing access to my beloved EBSCOhost, which provides this database. A ton of materials on every subject imaginable and is very useful for college students.
Science Reference Center
Organized by general areas of science, a great resource for students.
Points of View Reference Center
Many students visit us to research materials for opinion pieces, this arms them with information from both sides of many modern day issues.
Biography Reference Center
This is perfect for the last minute students whose classmates have already checked out all of our other biographies about a particular person.
A beautifully crafted website that provides interactive language learning to supplement those who are studying the many languages offered.
Testing & Education Reference Center
An essential resource for anyone who has to take standardized exams for GED, college, military, and careers.
Provides reference information for business and residential whether you need to contact someone or want to sniff out the competition in your industry.
Searchasaurus - Elementary School
A perfect starter website for children beginning to learn how to conduct online research. Also, there are dinosaurs.
A fantastic literacy improvement website that has interactive storybooks for children and many learning games and tools.
Arizona Guide to Grants In-Library Use Only
A wealth of information on grants in Arizona.
Ancestry Library In-Library Use Only
A great start for anyone seeking to research their family history.
Philanthropy In/Sight Burton Barr Central Library Only
Impressive mapping tool that shows recipients and givers of grants around the world.
Very important basic computer classes that bridge the gap in the digital divide, essential for job seekers who need to improve their computer literacy. (This website is an external resource and not an electronic resource held by Phoenix Public Library.)