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August 8, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Special to The Breeze

The world is full of data; some of it accurate some of it inaccurate. When searching for quick, credible and verifiable information, the library's website is a valuable source.

The library has paid subscriptions to more than 150 electronic sources (e-sources) to provide patrons with access to them free of charge. The difference between a library subscribed database and the Internet is the library's e-source content is evaluated by publishers for authority and accuracy and is licensed for electronic distribution.

The e-sources are searchable and include many mediums: articles, full-text journals, newspapers, company information, e-books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, medical data, economic data, digital images, industry profiles, market research, career information, etc. While the Internet is free to everyone, anyone can publish whatever they want on the Internet and the information can be one-sided, incomplete or incorrect.

Why use electronic databases? Electronic databases are key sources of trustworthy information for sound decision making or recreational curiosity. There is data on virtually all areas of knowledge: business, economics, education, engineering, environment, finance, genealogy, law, medicine, philosophy, psychology, science, sociology and more.

A single database may refer to a variety of sources, including periodical articles, books, government documents, industry reports, papers at meetings, newspaper items, films, video recordings, etc.

Increasingly, information is published only in an electronic format which has its benefits. A database may be shared by thousands of users simultaneously and it is available online 24/7. There is no limit to the number of times a database can be searched or viewed. Unlike a library book, databases can be updated regularly, do not deteriorate physically, nor can they be misplaced, stolen or vandalized.

"The Lee County Library System's e-sources are a valuable service for Lee County business people, residents and students. Individuals or businesses would need to purchase this data if not for the Library System. Middle school age students all the way to retirees can benefit from the world of information at their fingertips," said Sheldon Kaye, Lee County Library System director.

A few of the e-sources include: Business Insights Essentials, Career Transitions, Consumer Reports Buying Guide, Culinary Arts Collection, Demographics Now, Driving Tests, Fergusons's Career Guidance Center, Florida Newspaper Database, Gale Legal Forms, Genealogy Connect, Health Reference Center Academic, Insurance and Liability Collection, Mango Languages (learn French, English, German, Chinese), Morningstar, Small Business Resource Center, Testing and Education Reference Center (student and career), Reference USA (business database containing extensive company and residential data) and Valueline.

The Lee County Library System serves Lee County with books, downloadable e-books, digital content, Books-by-Mail, a bookmobile, e-sources, music and films, programs and meeting space.

Don't have a Lee County Library System library card? Getting one is free and easy. Visit to apply online, or stop by any branch.

Information about Lee County Library System is available for your convenience 24/7 at where you can find out about library services, programs, locations, view an online events calendar or place a hold on library items. Telephone Reference is available at 239-479-info(4636).

About the Lee County Library System

The Lee County Library System strengthens the community by informing and enriching individuals; ensures equal and open access; defends intellectual freedom and the right to privacy; ensures that an individual's economic status does not deter library use; commits to meeting customers' needs; fosters a climate of mutual respect and trust; values and supports individual initiative; promotes cooperation, collaboration and connections; promotes lifelong reading; practices financial accountability and supports Lee County's vision, mission and values.

Source: Lee County Library System



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