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Info & Research: Overview

You have questions about life, the universe...everything. At the library we know how to find what you need. This section of Where Minds Grow deals with common information requests we hear at the Reference Desk and is a great place to begin your search for

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Reference Services

Find answers to your questions and research queries:

  • Local news
  • Job searching
  • Social services
  • Test prep and skills improvement
  • Language learning
  • DIY projects

Every day presents a new possibility for lifelong learning at the Springfield Public Library.

What Is a Database and How Do I Use It?

Databases are reliable online sources for information and research. The Springfield Public Library subscribes to a wide variety of database services.

  • You can access them at no cost in the library or at home if you have a library card. 
  • Each database service offers its own unique information and has different approaches for searching and use.
  • Usually entering keywords into a search box will get you started.
  • Help menus are always available on the search page.
  • You can print, save, and send information using the on-screen options within each database.

Have a Question?

  • Call us at 541-726-3766. We answer phones during open hours, Monday through Saturday.

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