Nicholas P. Sims Library is full of many research resources including encyclopedias, periodicals, history books and genealogy books. The library also offers online databases with the use of a library card.
Users can apply for a library card by visiting the main desk and filling out an application. If one lives in the Waxahachie city limits, a library card is free. If living outside the city limits, a library card costs $25 for the whole family to use. Temporary computer cards are also available for use in researching. These cards cost $5 for 30 days and $10 for 60 days.
“There are many very useful research databases available to anyone with a library card,” said reference librarian Samantha Estey.
Many databases are available for research subjects from tracing one’s genealogy to getting help with homework. Texshare, a database covering hundreds of subjects from education to genealogy, is made available by the state of Texas to anyone with a library card.
A popular research subject is ancestry and Sims Library offers many helpful ways to aid research. A popular database for genealogy is the Ancestry database, an online library with extensive coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom including census, church, court, obituaries, family trees and immigration records. The database is free and only available through the library with a library card. The library also offers a genealogy workshop for people interested in researching their family tree. Pat Kemper, a genealogy specialist, is available from 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays to give advice and helpful hints for research.
Gale Database is useful for anyone needing access to literature, medical and legal documents. Some topics in the database include Contemporary Literary Criticism, InfoTrac Custom Newspaper, Health and Wellness Resource Center and Gale LegalForms. Gale LegalForms offers a wide selection of free legal forms available for print including wills, pre-marital agreements, divorce, bankruptcy and many others. Another database available to the public is ReferenceUSA, which lists information from 14 million U.S. businesses, three million global companies and 220 million residents. ReferenceUSA is similar to an online phonebook and is useful when conducting job searches and market research among other things.
Live Homework Help is a useful database for students. The site is available for kindergarten-12th grade, college students and adult learners seven days a week from 2 p.m.-midnight. The site has a live tutor available for students needing help with their homework. Simply log on with a library card, enter the grade level and subject area one needs help with and a connection is made to an expert tutor within minutes. The site also offers resume help and a writing center for adults. Live Homework Help is available at the library and also at home.
For more information on the library, the reference section or activities, call 972-937-2671. Hours are from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The library is closed Sunday and Monday.