Each library has different rules - check the library's homepage about who can borrow what
Most libraries will allow you to come in and use their public computers to access their databases - whether or not you "belong" to that library.
Superior Public Library - Wisconsin residents get free access - out of state residents may get a day pass for $1.00 per day
BadgerLink - must be (a few exceptions) a Wisconsin resident as long as you have a current Wisconsin library card
ELM - must be (a few exceptions) a Minnesota Resident
There are a number of general indexes that various libraries have access to. Below is a list of those that work well with science and engineering and which libraries have access to them.
|ACADEMIC SEARCH PREMIER||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FULL TEXT||X|
|GENERAL SCIENCE COLLECTION||X||X||X||X||X|
|GENERAL SCIENCE FULL TEXT||X|
|SCIENCE CITATION INDEX||X||X|
|SCIENCE REFERENCE CENTER||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|WEB OF SCIENCE||X||X|
|WILEY ONLINE LIBRARY*||X|
*Includes both books and journal articles - can search full text.
Encyclopedias & Handbooks
Encyclopedias are can give you a good, general overview. Very often, you'll need a subject dictionary or subject encyclopedia to help you with your questions. There are a wide variety of these available in both electronic & paper form.
One very good series of books about various science and engineering fields is Schaum's Outline ... Each book covers a specific topic with worked examples. These can really help beef up your collection. Many are available electronically.
More and more libraries are purchasing electronic books. As a rule, the college/university libraries don't have electronic books to loan like the public libraries. Don't forget Google Scholar as a resource, although full-text isn't available for most of the recent books.
Kathryn A. Martin Library
416 Library Dr.
Duluth, MN 55812