NC Live Databases: Resources for Investors
Anyone who invests regularly in stocks and bonds and other investment instruments or would like to, knows that obtaining accurate and timely information about these options can be expensive if you have to subscribe to the plethora of available newspapers, newsletters, and analysis reports yourself. However, NC LIve, the state funded collection of online databases, provides access to two resources of benefit to investors. Morningstar Investment Research Center allows users to compare stocks, mutual funds, and exchange traded mutual funds by choosing the criteria for comparison. Users can then study analysis reports for individuals stocks, mutual funds and ETFs to decide whether to invest or whether to sell stock or funds you already own. A detailed guide to how to use the Morningstar Investment Research Center can be accessed by clicking HERE. Access to all NC Live databases requires a library card from a North Carolina public library.
Another resource available through NC Live is the full text version of The Wall Street Journal. The Journal is an important source of information on economic trends. If you are a fan of reading The Journal online but often find yourself stymied by the teaser stories that are only accessible by subscribers, you can find the full text of those stories by clicking HERE. Type the titles of the article in the search box, click on the full text box below the search box and click on the magnifying glass. A link to the article will appear. Because this is a database of the newspaper, it does not display articles like they appear on the Internet. Articles can only be accessed through a search but this allows you to find all available articles on a given topic.
NC Live Databases: Resources for Readers
The Literary Reference Center Plus provides summaries and literary criticism of famous pieces of literature and their authors. Users of this database can browse an alphabetical list of all the authors and works in the database or search only the most frequently studied.
The author entries include biographical information as well as a bibliography, a summary of the author's accomplishments, the significance of the author's works and a critical review of his or her work.
The entry for each work of literature includes a list of the characters, the setting, a summary of the plot, a description of the characters and a disucssion of the themes and meaning of the work. A bibliography of other references is included for students who need more sources for a homework assignment.
The literary Reference Center Plus is an excellent resource for students and readers seeking more information about a specific author or literary work.
NoveList Plus is a database for readers of all ages. Designed to help readers find out more about a specific book, find a new title that is similar to a favorite title or find titles in a specific genre (both fiction and non-fiction. Users can search by author, title, or a brief description of a book. An advanced search feature allows users to search by year of publication, Lexile reading level, author's gender, author's nationality, grade level and audience of the book, and whether it is a not-yet published book.
An author search will reveal all of an author's works in chronological order and identify those that are part of a series as well as the book's place in the series. Clicking on a book title, will reveal reviews of the book from professional sources. There is also a link to GoodReads so users can read reviews from the general public. A box to the right allows you to check off features of the book that you liked and ask the database to give you a list of similar titles. A list of hyper-links allows you to search by the same setting, tone, pace and genre of the book. NoveList is the next best thing to a knowledgeable library staff person.
Links to Tax Forms
It's time to start thinking about filling out tax forms. All North Carolina state forms and United States federal forms can be downloaded from the Internet.
If you don't have access to the Internet at home, you can obtain copies of U.S. federal forms at any Currituck County Library. We have paper copies of the more common forms and will print one copy of any form we don't have for free. Instruction books are also available at the library for the 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ. Instructions for some of the most common forms may also be available. Because instructions often contain multiple pages, the library does not print instruction forms for free. You can access federal forms by clicking HERE.
North Carolina state forms can only be downloaded from the Internet. You can access those forms by clicking HERE. The library will make one copy of any North Carolina form for free at any of the Currituck County libraries.
NC Live Databases for Saving Money
In this day and age getting gold value for your money is more important than ever. NC Live, the collection of data bases made available to library users throughout North Carolina provides access to two databases that can help you make wise decisions about your spending.
Consumer Reports has long been viewed as a reliable source of information on a wide variety of consumer products. Through the periodical database Ebscohost, NC Live provides the full text of every article in every issue from 1991 to the present. In issues from 1985 to 1990, a table of contents is all that is provided. Click here and it will take you to the page at NC Live where you will see a list of database type. Look for Journals, Magazines and Newspapers. Click on Computer Reports and it will take you to the page in the Ebscohost database for Consumer Reports. On the right hand side of the page you will see a list of years. By clicking on any given year, a list of months will appear. When you click on the name of the month, a list of all the articles in that issue will appear in the center of your computer screen. Clicking on the name of the article will not take you to the full text. Instead look for the grey band under each article for the link in red letters that says PDF Full Text. Click on this to get the full text of the article. If you do click on the title of the article, you can find the link to the full text PDF to the left of your screen.
Our automobiles are one of the most expensive items we own. Prompt maintenance can head off expensive repair costs and knowing something about how your car works can reduce the chance that unnecessary work will be done on your car. If you are fortunate enough to be good at fixing cars yourself, repair manuals can be expensive to purchase. The Auto Repair Reference Center provides access to all diagrams including electrical for a wide variety of makes and models. Maintenance charts for each vehicle are available based on the car's milage. One helpful feature is the labor time estimates. You can select the work that needs to be done on your car and a chart will tell you how long it would take a competent mechanic to complete that task. This will allow you to estimate the cost of repairs and maintenace so you can compare quotes from different garages and plan your budget. For those of us that are ignorant about the operation of our cars, a car IQ section is also helpful. It describes the various parts of the car, what they do and also if they require maintenance.