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From A cappella to Zacateca Indians

And everything in between.  If you can think of the subject or the question you can find the information you need and the answer to your questions in this most amazing database MasterFILEPremier. Through this easy (and lots of fun) to use database you will find full-text coverage for thousands of general reference publications dating back as far as 1975.Just a few of the subjects covered are business, health, general science and multicultural issues. Researching from the home page you can select the publications tab to retrieve an alphabetical publications list from A.A. Milne to Zoobooks.  The subject tab lets you search for your topic, again alphabetically, from A cappella singing to Zacateca Indians and another tab provides easy access to the American Heritage dictionary, 4th edition.  The image tab will produce great photos that have been featured in newspapers and journals with links to the corresponding articles. 

If you think you can come up with a topic not covered brace yourself because there are over 1,700 full-text periodicals, 592,000+ photos, maps and flags, 107,000+ primary source documents and more than 500 full text reference books.  Some of the more popular general publications include Chatelaine, Macleans, Saturday Evening Post and Consumer Reports. If you want to rent it, buy it or price it you can see what Consumer Reports has to say on the topic.  How cool is that? You don’t even need to pay a subscription fee just a valid (and free) London Public Library card and then you can compareTV’s or dishwashers in the comfort of your home.

Let’s check out what has been published by Consumer Reports on Tablets and E-book Readers.
Go to

Click on the button labeled “Research”

Click on “Information Databases”

Choose “browse by name”

Select MasterFILE Premier

Type in your library card number, when prompted

You will be taken to the home page described above with the publications, subject and dictionary search bars.   Under the blank search bar click on where it says Advanced Search. From the Advanced Search screen, you can limit your keyword search to the publication Consumer Reports in the blank publication field.  In the general search box at the top left type in e-Readers.

Once you find a title of interest, click on the titleor click on PDF Full Text. It should automatically open the document.The article may take a moment to load. You will have the option to save the document to your computer or print. Click on the result list to go back to your search box or to start a new search. But be careful, playing in MasterFILE Premier can be habit forming and before you know it you just might find yourself looking to learn about Zacateca Indians.