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Learn to Navigate Library Resources with Video Tutorials on Subjects from A to Z


Today’s Libraries put the world at your fingertips. But sometimes you need a map to find out how to get to where you want to go. Park Ridge Public Library has a great tool to help you in your journey. These video tutorials on subjects from A to Z are accessible on our website from the menu bar under Research & Learn/Tutorials – My Niche Academy. Tutorials include databases, book recommendations, downloading instructions as well as using popular apps like Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Each video tutorial also has a print function. If you have any questions, please call us at 847-825-3123.

Tutorials include databases, book recommendations, downloading instructions as well as using popular apps like Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Each video tutorial also has a print function. If you have any questions, please call us at 847-825-3123.

Click on the direct links to each of the tutorials below.

Academic OneFile Access to millions of scholarly articles
With access to 77 million and counting scholarly articles, Academic OneFile is a comprehensive, up-to-date and easy-to-use resource for serious academic research.  Extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects is available 24/7.

Ancestry Library Edition Genealogy
Learn how to search billions of genealogy documents—including census, military, and immigration, birth, and death records— in the library version of  Ancestry Library is a collection of more than 9,000 databases and 200 billion images from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Europe and Australia. You can search through these databases in the library and send a link to yourself to use outside of the library to access the information that you have found.

Axis 360eBooks and audio books
This video will show you how to access thousands of eBook and audiobook titles from home as well as through mobile apps for Android, iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

ChiltonAuto repair
The video demonstrates how to use the auto repair database to get step-by step detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs as well as a labor estimating tool to help you confidently determine your next move.

FacebookSocial media
Learn how to create an account, update your page and take a tour of privacy settings.

FlipsterFree magazines from your library
Find popular magazines you can read on a computer or a device with an Internet connection and your Park Ridge Public Library card. Learn how to use the Flipster app, available through the iTunes store for the iPad and iPad Mini, and on the Google Play store for Android tablets, to download magazines for offline reading.

Gale Virtual ReferenceReference anytime, anywhere
The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of high quality digital reference books. It includes encyclopedias, histories, biographies and how-to books. Get an overview and quick tips from the video.

GoodreadsPerfect book recommendations
Goodreads is a free website where you can find spot-on recommendations for books you’ll want to read. It also offers a number of satisfying ways to share your reading experience with friends, old and new. The tutorial covers getting started, reading enrichment and the social aspects of Goodreads.

HooplaAudiobooks, eBooks, music, and video
Hoopla is a digital media service that offers more than 400,000 audiobooks, movies, eBooks, television shows, music albums and comics. Learn how to access it from your computer or mobile device.

InstagramShare your moments
Learn how to use Instagram, a mobile app for sharing photos and videos online. While you can log in to Instagram and view photos through a desktop browser, all posting is done through the mobile app.

LearningExpress LibraryOnline learning resources and test prep
Learning Express is an online learning resource to advance a wide range educational and career goals.  Learn how to access lessons to polish and maintain math or English skills, practice tests and guides to prepare for an AP, SAT or ACT test as well as  tools for those preparing for a law enforcement, firefighter, health care or cooking exams.

Lynda.comVideo tutorials for business and software skills
If you are a working professionals who needs to quickly pick up a new skill, this tutorial shows can go to It has more than 4000 courses in business, technology and creative skills taught by industry experts including coursework to teach specific software skills including Google AdWords, Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

Mango Languages – Language learning tool
Learn how to use this online language learning tool that offers instruction in more than 70 languages. Learning a language with Mango is a simple and self-paced experience. Lessons are built around real conversational situations. In that context, learners have the chance to listen to native speakers, understand the different parts of the conversation, and practice as they go by recording their own voice and comparing it against the native sound.

NoveList Plus – Book recommendations!
NoveList is a database of information about books... thousands of books. It's made by people who know a lot about books and who study why specific books appeal to specific tastes and preferences and was built to help you find the books you really enjoy, books you can’t bear to put down, books you escape to and can’t wait to get back to. It answers the question: "What should I read next?".

OverDriveeBooks, audiobooks and more
Check out digital copies 24/7. From getting started to device-specific instructions for Android, IOS and Kindle, this tutorial shows you how to find and request titles. You can even place a “hold” or a request for a copy as soon as one becomes available.

PinterestThe world's catalog of ideas
Learn how to save your ideas by pinning them to a virtual giant cork board and share them with your friends. Ideas can be recipes, instructions, quotes, or images—the list goes on. Depending on who you follow, you can see a business’s new product, a recipe for your neighbor’s delectable 7-layer dip, or a quote your daughter enjoyed.

referenceUSAThe premier source of information for reference and research
Learn how to navigate the data from referenceUSA, which includes more than 40 million businesses, 150 million households across the U.S. and Canada, 270 million consumers, and 2 million job postings. There are ten databases within referenceUSA for you to search: U.S. Businesses, Canadian Businesses, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. Standard WhitePages, Canadian White Pages, U.S Historical Businesses, U.S. Jobs/Internships, U.S. Healthcare, U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, and U.S. New Movers/Homeowners.

TumbleBooks LibraryPicture books and kids videos
In the TumbleBook Library, kids can safely browse the catalog and read story books by authors like they love. These books are instantly available, with no need to place a hold or check out and return a digital copy of them. The story books and many ebooks include professional-quality narration and are presented in the TumblePad Reader, which animates the book’s graphics and highlights each phrase as the narrator reads it, allowing children to practice reading along as they listen.

Tutor.comHomework help provides you with online access to more than 3000 tutors who are experts in over 25 academic subjects including math, science, writing, and social studies. The core value of is personal help from a real expert. As a supplement to this help, also offers quizzes and study resources to help you assess your own knowledge and study on your own. This tutorial will show you how to get started.

TwitterFor people who've never tweeted
Of course you’ve heard about it, but how do you get started? Twitter lets you follow what another person has to say, a thought leader, a newsmaker, or just a friend, for example. Twitter lets people post information snippets to a platform where they’re visible and searchable by anyone else in the world. These information snippets include short text messages, (140 characters, to be specific) as well as web links, pictures, and videos. Learn how to get started with this tutorial.

Value LineTools for Investors
Value Line is an online database that gives investors and market researchers access to professional quality data and research tools. Learn how to access a wealth of financial detail for thousands of publicly traded corporations from all over the world. While some of the information, such as current stock price and price-to-earnings ratio, is widely available from a variety of sources, some of the detail, is unique to Value Line and is the product of their more than 85 years of experience in providing market data and investment advice.

ZinioDownloadable magazines
Zinio provides digital access to many of the most popular current magazines for free and lets you read these magazines on a desktop computer or on a mobile device by installing a Zinio app. Through Zinio, you will have access to current issues as well as a large collection of back issues. There is no limit on how many magazines can be checked out at once so there are no "holds" and no waiting to get a copy. Magazines you check out through Zinio will not expire. They will remain in your Zinio account until you choose to delete them. Learn how on this tutorial.

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