Best Databases of 2011

Librarians love to select "best" books, videos, databases, websites, etc. It's part of what we do: select and acquire "best" materials for our customers. On December 7th, the Library Journal posted an article entitled "Best Databases 2011." Beaufort County Library provides several of the highlighted databases for our customers.

These are Biography in Context; Gale Virtual Reference Library; NetLibrary; Encyclopedia Britannica; Auto Repair Reference Center; and the oft expounded upon Ancestry Library Edition that is purchased through the BDC.

Over the next month or so, I'll be posting entries about some of these databases here in Connections. Plans are underway to post helpful tips and a demonstration video on the BCL's website soon. I'll provide those links when they come available.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
 
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.