Databases & Websites

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ReferenceUSA, one of CPL's most trusted resources for detailed business and residential information, has changed its name to Reference Solutions. Reference Solutions will continue to provide in-depth market insight to businesses, home-buyers and job seekers, as it has for years. 

Visit our databases page for more tools to inform your business and investment planning, or other research. 

FAFSA Help available from Brainfuse

Filling out the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) can be a complex, but necessary, process. Brainfuse now offers live online FAFSA tutors – available to help both students and parents complete the FAFSA application. Whether you are not sure how to start or have questions on specific aspects, Brainfuse tutors are ready to assist! 

Log in to Brainfuse with your Canton Public Library card, click on the link (under Expert Help) to connect with a FAFSA tutor today.

We want to ensure you have access to online resources during our closure, so we are 

  • Ordering additional copies of popular ebook and eaudio titles in OverDrive and CloudLibrary, to reduce or eliminate hold lists.
  • Doubling monthly Hoopla checkout limits to 40.

In addition, our database vendors are also offering free or enhanced services during this time, which we will make available to you for as long as they are offered:

  • For Pre-K students, Miss HumbleBee's Academy offers learning exercises in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music to prepare children for Kindergarten (through June 30, 2020). 
  • Brainfuse has added additional tutors for their live hours, and is providing stronger support for their 24/7 learning tools such as Skill Surfer and MEET online collaboration.
  • The popular genealogy resource Ancestry, normally restricted to in-library use, is available to you at home (through July 31, 2020). (Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.)
  • Pronunciator has added special COVID-19 lessons in 101 languages to help learners communicate with health care professionals - perfect for English Language Learners. 
  • Gale in Context for Middle School, High School, or College offers age-appropriate interdisciplinary content that encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation (through June 30, 2020).

All you need to access these resources (as well as the rest of our databases and e-media) is an active CPL library card. We have changed expiration dates on all library cards set to expire during our closure, and will renew already-expired cards for residents online if you contact us. Don't have a card? You can apply online to receive a temporary card good for 90 days. 

So, you've started bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, and maybe have started using less straws when you get drinks. But have you ever thought about the eco-impact of your clothes? How about the human impact? Do you know about the fabrics in your wardrobe? Or who made your clothes, and if they're paid living wages?

These authors and documentarians dive into all these issues and more. 

OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search) is a search tool designed to make the discovery of open content easier. It currently searches open content from over 90 different sources and contains over 300,000 records. These include textbooks, open access books, and public domain books and audiobooks. Also available, are videos from the Library of Congress, and TED talks. Some of the many subjects covered are technology, economics, business, humanities, history, chemistry, anatomy & physiology, music, psychology, health, and education. Click here to get started!

BrainFuse

Brainfuse services offer a variety of tools to help you succeed, including live help from 2-11pm every day. Create an account and get started today!

*Canton Public Library card required for off-site access.

HelpNow by Brainfuse

HelpNow by Brainfuse offers live homework help, study tools, test preparation and virtual group study space for K-12 students and lifelong learners. HelpNow provides assistance in multiple formats to help you write a great paper, ace the test, or better understand a tough math problem.

JobNow by Brainfuse

JobNow by Brainfuse provides a wealth of resources to boost your career, or help with your job search. Work with a live tutor to prepare for an interview, or receive personalized feedback on your resume or cover letter.

JobNow

Canton Public Library is excited to announce JobNow by Brainfuse – anytime, anywhere job searching assistance and career guidance! Identify the next step in your career, strengthen your workplace skills, or get expert resume feedback and coaching to help you ace the interview with live coaching from 2-11PM, 7 days a week. 

JobNow offers a personalized resume review and job interview coaching, career assessments, resume templates and so much more. No matter what time of day, JobNow provides a full suite of tools to help you pursue your dream job. For lifelong learners, the Brainfuse's Adult Learning Center (part of HelpNow) provides resources to improve computer skills, take equivalency exams, and make sure nothing can get in the way of living your best life. JobNow and HelpNow are available from CPL public computers, and remotely with your Canton Public Library card.

 

Brainfuse HelpNow

Canton Public Library is excited to announce HelpNow by Brainfuse – anytime, anywhere learning and test preparation support! HelpNow provides a full suite of tools for all learning styles, including live help from 2-11PM, 7 days a week to help patrons of all ages and levels. 

HelpNow offers a personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies), including SAT preparation and a writing lab. Master skills and concepts to thrive in school, ace the test, or collaborate with tutors to create your own study tools. For lifelong learners, the Adult Learning Center provides resources for improving computer skills, taking equivalency exams, and getting feedback on your resume. HelpNow is available from CPL public computers, and remotely with your Canton Public Library card.

Thorndyke the Bear Reading to his Stuffed Friends Under a Tree

 

Create your own storytime, using resources from the Canton Public Library. Songs and stories can be a fun activity for adults and children to enjoy together, but reading aloud can be enjoyable for any age.

Are you someone who can't make our regular storytimes? Maybe you have to visit someone in a nursing home. Maybe you're a baby-sitter or an older sibling interested in entertaining young ones. Or maybe you just love stories for yourself. Whatever your reason, you can take advantage of a few great resources:

Creativebug from JoAnn Fabrics is your one-stop shop for arts and crafts inspiration and instruction. Featuring more than 1,000 video workshops and tutorials taught by renowned artists and creative experts, Creativebug offers learning opportunities for crafters at all experience levels. Creativebug provides step-by-step instruction from crafting experts, personalized recommendations, daily practice exercises, and downloadable patterns. Master new techniques, or start from the beginning with drawing, painting, fiber crafts, mixed-media projects, and more! 

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