During Phase 2, the Beauregard Parish Library is open with limited hours and limited services. Additional details can be seen here. Within those limitations, further closures may become necessary on short notice due to staff shortages. We will update our social media accounts in those instances. Patrons are also welcome to call 337-463-6217 x 0 during the DeRidder branch's open hours for the most recent updates on branch openings. Computer use is limited and by appointment only. Patrons can schedule appointments online here or by calling 337-463-6217 or in-person by asking a library clerk. Appointments are set at 45-minute intervals. No consecutive appointments for 1 person.
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This week we continue our tour through the World Book Online Database with a look at the Reference Center. The Reference Center is a one stop shop for researchers who are looking for a consumer friendly way to find information on many different topics. This online collection offers thousands of encyclopedia articles, a Life Skills section, Computer and Web Tutorials, a Dictionary, and Government Resources.
Using the Advanced Search Feature: As mentioned above the Reference Center has a lot of information to sort through. To make sure that you don’t end up with too many results the best way to start is by using the Advanced Search. The link is located under the search box of the Reference Center homepage. The Advanced Search allows you to search by word, phrase, and date of publication. Additionally, you can filter which type of text you are looking for by clicking the box next to the options. You are able to check multiple boxes to ensure the search field is large enough.
For example: If you are only looking for literary criticism of an article or literary work you will only want to check the box for literary criticism. Or, if you are interested in the the history and location of the African country of Sudan you would select Encyclopedia Articles, Special Reports, Timelines, and Maps. Remember, the more filters that you select when building your search, the less results you are likely to receive. If you continuously receive few or no results you may want to widen your search filters.