Chilton Library is just what it sounds like-- the online version of the popular automotive manuals used by DIY mechanics for virtuallly all akes and models of automobiles. The online content is the same as in the Chilton books and is accessible in the same manner: by selecting brand, model, year, system and issue. There are diagrams and directions for repairs, maintenance schedules and manufacturers bulletins and recall notices.
The Gale Legal Form Library provides documents recognized in Missouri for issues such as divorce, wills and estates, bankruptcy, name change, partnerships, real estate, power of attorney and more. The site has links to download tax forms from other states (remember that come tax season!) and to view attorney directories for other states. Information is also available for criminal procedures and legal definitions. A handy Legal Q&A provides answers to common questions.
With this database and other online sites and local resources, patrons should be able to secure legal forms that will meet their needs and also learn what other forms may be needed in most legal situations.
What Mark Kurlansky did for cod in his book of that title he also does with Salt: A World History. This is an encyclopedia of the world's only edible rock, covering a variety of aspects of a substance so essential to our existence. This common substance has a myriad of uses apart from our daily sprinkling on our food. In fact, the salt industry claims it has at least 14,000 uses including pharmaceuticals, fertilizer production, soap making and even textile dyeing.
The book begins with a fascinating account of salt's use in religious, magical, and folk rituals. In Ancient Egypt, salt had a role in both food preservation and the mummification process of less important people. Kurlansky details the actions of alchemists and chemists extracting elements from salt and recalls how Humphrey Davy extracted sodium using electrolysis. We also learn of methods used through time to obtain salt in both brine and solid form.
Salt has been the cause of wars and disasters and has even been used to create works of art. Miner near Krakow in Poland created entire underground churches with statues and carvings that remain tourist attractions to this day.
What do you get when you cross influential, determined biologists, well-to-do, radical animal lovers, eccentric-yet-lovable retirees, wild animals, attractive rollicking seas and the beautiful California central coast region? Another one of T. C. Boyle's tales with a purpose.
In When the Killing's Done, alternating chapters are narrated by the level-headed protagonist Alma Boyd Takesue, a National Park Service biologist, and by her foil, the hot-tempered antagonist Dave LaJoy. Dave is a local businessman who, in fierce opposition to the schedeled "elimination" of invasive animals, will go to great lengths to sabotage the aims of the park service and the work of Takesue.
What both of these determined characters forget, though, is the impartiality of nature and its powerful ability to upend the most carefully laid plans of man. These three forces at odd lead to some riveting scenes that involve several fascinating people, wild and breath-taking scenery and intricately woven events. In classic Boyle style, controversial topics are examined in a very personal way through the eyes of complex characters with competing interests.
In "How to Talk With Your Doctor," author Ronald L. Hoffman instructs us how to approach doctors, develop conversations and direct those conversations to important issues, using a blend of knowledge from both conventional and alternative treatments.
Hoffman is in the camp of alternative and natural medicine and points out proven alternative/natural treatments that can supplement or complement conventional medicine. He offers sidebars throughout the book for both the patient and doctor to refer to, offering tips on how to improve communication and furnishing reliable internet sites and sources of medical information.
Also included are ways to practice preventative medicine with alternative therapies to chronic problems with references to studies and treatment methods to discuss with your doctor. This book would be a good read before you make an appointment for that next office visit.
--Review by Rodney Combs, Reference Librarian