Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Online Ebsco Databases

I heard somewhere that May is Car Maintenance month. With that in mind it seems like a good time to talk about Ebscohost’s Auto Repair Reference Center. This is an online service provided to the province’s libraries through Manitoba Libraries Consortium Inc. It is available on the South Central Regional Library website under online resources.

Auto Repair Reference Centre includes repair information for thousands of models covering 1945 to the present. The information includes hundreds of thousands of drawings, step-by-step photographs, technical service bulletins and recalls, and enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing.

This is a great resource for vintage car enthusiasts, or the novice mechanic who needs basic information. All you need to do is type in your library card number. If you don’t have one already, just pay a visit to your local library.

Another incredibly useful Ebsco online database is Small Engine Repair Reference Centre. This is an incredibly comprehensive online tool that describes routine maintenance for ATVs, mowers, small farm tractors (including vintage tractors), generators, motorcycles, boats, outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft, snowblowers, snowmobiles, tillers and other small engines.

Small Engine Repair Reference Centre offers information on routine maintenance such as tune-ups and brake service, and extensive repairs involving engines and transmissions.

To access this or any other online database, just go to search on the library’s home page. Scroll down to online databases and click where indicated. Type in your library card number. To search the Small Engine Repair Reference Centre, you will need to know the make and model of the item you are searching.

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