Handyman Help

Here in Business & Science we regularly get requests for information on home building and repair. Today I will detail a site that can help, as our resources on this topic needs building up.

The site for The Family Handyman magazine is largely free and very helpful for Do It Yourself projects.

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The site is a little ad heavy for my taste, but the good thing about that is the content appears to be free, though I did not exhaustively check out every possible link on the site–there may be some pay areas, but I did not come across any.

The site is organized in a familiar format, with videos, links to full instructions for various projects and the like. I chose this topic:

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All I have to do here is click the link and I can see pictures with detailed instructions on how to stop a running toilet (hint: it does not involve chasing). I can print out the directions, email them or share them to my favorite social media site.

There are many topics from which to choose and they all appear free for the user. They do push subscriptions to their magazine, but it is not particularly obnoxious.

This may be a good resource for us to refer patrons to if/when we cannot locate a book or other tangible item on a particular DIY topic.

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EasyBib

http://www.easybib.com

EasyBib is a bibliography and citation generator. Just type in your book title, newspaper, database, website, or journal and it will provide a WorksCited page in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian style from their manuals. Each bibliography has a choice of being printed, saved, copied and pasted, or e-mailed to your paper or document.

The site also has an app for I-Phone and Android phones. This app allows you to scan the ISBN number of a book and it will automatically produce a citation for that book.

Biodiversity Heritage Library

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/

From the site: “The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” BHL content may be freely viewed through the online reader or downloaded in part or as a complete work in PDF, OCR text, or JPG2000 file formats. ” Browsing is available by Title, Author, Subject, and Year. Searching can be done by Author, Subject, Scientific Name, and Book/Journal Title. The record or the full book can be viewed. More than 53,000 titles and 102,000 volumes can be browsed or searched, including over 1 million species. Rare scientific texts are also shown.

Special Issues Index

http://www.hillsearch.org/special_issues.cfm

From the James J. Hill Reference Library, “the Special Issues Index provides access to special issues from business trade journals and industry associations”.  These issues provide statistics on products, industries, markets, and consumers. One can browse the index by subject, journal, or keyword search. When you find a report, check the Get Article drop-down menu on the right side to check for availability. Most reports are available free online, although some are just index listings to print journals.

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

http://images.google.com/hosted/life

The LIFE photo archive hosted by Google, has more than 10 million images, many of them never published before. One can search by keyword, browse by decade, or explore people, places, and events. The dates of the images range from the 1750’s to the 2000’s and are especially good in coverage of  historical events.

Bentham Open Access Journals

www.bentham.org/open/JrnlsBySub.htm

Bentham Publishers has launced over 200 peer-reviewed, open-access journals.  This link directs you to the list of subjects covered.  Use the links on the left to access a list of title in alphabetical order.  Details about the editorial board and submission guidelines are available for each title.  Disciplines covered include: Agriculture, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Dentistry, Energy & Fuels, Engineering, Evolution, Genetics, Imaging, Immunology, Mathematics, Nanoscience, Nursing, Operational Research, Optics, Pharmacology, Psychology, Transportation, Virology, and much more!