The Adult topics include General/Multidisciplinary; Arts and Humanities; Biography; Business; Career, College, Job, and Military: Test Prep; DIY (Do It Yourself); Early Literacy; Encyclopedias and Reference; Family History; Health; Legal; Professional Learning (for Librarians and Educators); Readers’ Advisory; Science and Technology; Social Sciences; and World Language Content.
For example, if you click on the “DIY (Do It Yourself)” topic. A page will open with a list of a few topic-specific databases. In this case, the list includes “Auto Repair Source,” “Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center,” “Home Improvement Reference Center,” and “Small Engine Repair Reference Center.” Each database offers a description of what the database has to offer.
Now, if we choose one of these databases, a new page will open with categories that will help narrow down the focus. If we clicked on the “Home Improvement Reference Center,” for example, we would find categories like decorating, electrical, plumbing, maintenance, outdoor, remodeling, and woodworking. Then, if we chose one of these categories based on our information need, we would find directions how to do home improvement tasks. For instance, if we clicked on “Electrical” we would find articles on the “Basics of Wiring” or on “Common Wiring Projects,” or articles about electrical needs in “Kitchens” or “Bathrooms.” Again, there are topics to choose from to narrow down to specific information but if you click on the listings that interest you, you will arrive at trustworthy articles that will assist you in your “DIY” efforts.
Another very useful Adult topic to explore is Legal. If you click on the Legal section, then on the “Legal Information Reference Center” database link, a page will open with categories that discuss Business; Family Affairs & Divorce; Money & Financial Planning; Property & Real Estate; Wills & Estate Planning; and more.
Overall, there are so many great topics that you can find information for through MeL. Feel free to click around and see where your interests take you. Any databases with “Reference Center” as part of their name are very user-friendly and easy to navigate and explore. These databases would be a great way to get started if databases are new to you. And, as always, if you need some help getting started, the staff at the Cheboygan Area Public Library are here to help!