The digital information age has changed the world’s landscape and it certainly has for libraries everywhere, including the Denison Public Library. Perhaps the richest source of information we have comes from our TexShare databases which are available to everyone owning a valid Denison library card.
As of this writing there are sixty-eight databases included in the TexShare databases program and they are separated into the following categories: general information, do it yourself resources, legal resources, genealogy and history, homework and education, books and literature, science and technology, business resources, career advancement, health and medicine, and librarian’s reference shelf. There is an astounding amount of information to be found on these databases, some of it fun and some of it useful, it just depends on what your needs and interests are when looking.
So how do you access this wonderful resource? It is important to note that most public library’s in the state of Texas provide access to the TexShare databases. Many, if not most, will require what we do to access these databases, a valid library card. It has never been truer that owning a library card can bring the world to your fingertips. If you go to our library website and scan the tabs on the left-hand side of the page you will see “databases” towards the bottom of the page. Click on that tab and a list will come up and there you will find the TexShare databases. The screen will ask you for a password and a user ID. You will find those by coming to the library and we have cards about the TexShare databases with the password and user Id on them.
Now that you are logged in you come to TexShare databases main screen which holds all the databases available. When you go to one of these databases some will ask for your Denison Library card number. Enter your entire library card number, including the DE that goes in front of the number. You should now be in the database itself.
Going back to the TexShare page that holds all the databases if you want a quick glance at all the databases available, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will find a complete list. They are broken down into the categories listed above so you will have an idea what subject matter a database will cover.
Each database is different in what information they provide and the resources, usually magazine publications, that they use. It is also true that each database will be different to navigate in and it may take a while before you are comfortable using a particular database. But don’t let that stop you from using them. They are not that difficult to navigate, and you can always come to the library and have a staff member assist you. The main point is to take a look at what is available and to go from there. It is a journey well worth the effort.