FAQs.

Category: Research FAQs

Q:
  Can I find an obituary?

A:
  If you live in the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District taxing district and are looking for an obituary, you can look in a database named "Newspaper Source." You'll need your library card number and PIN handy for that. You can search for newspaper obituaries for many locations in the United States.

Most newspapers only have obituaries online for the past few years. If you need an obituary from an earlier date, you'll need to search the newspaper archives. These are generally available on microfilm. The Library Newspapers Archives shows the libraries that have Las Vegas newspaper archives and microfilm projectors. If you need an obituary from outside the Las Vegas area, that isn't available from any of the historical newspaper databases you can request them through Interlibrary Loan.

If you are not in the Las Vegas area, the Las Vegas-Review Journal archives their obituaries online back to June 2003. If you need an earlier obituary from Las Vegas, please contact your own library and request that information through Interlibrary Loan.


Category: Research FAQs

Q:
  How do I use the databases?

A:
  You can use the databases either by selecting the name of the database or by selecting a topic under Search by Topic.
  • Select Find Information from the Library's website.
  • Select Search by Topic
  • Select a topic for a list of databases

For additional tips & tricks see The Librarian's Brain.




Category: Research FAQs

Q:
  What is a database?

A:
  A database is a collection of useful information. Databases can include encyclopedia articles, phone books, auto repair information, newspaper and magazine articles, entire books, biographies, maps, dictionaries and much, much more. It's often easier to find information in a database than in the library, because databases are "searchable."

Use Search By Topic to find databases which contain information about the topic. You can click on "description" next to each title to learn more about that database or click right on the title to go to that database.




Category: Research FAQs

Q:
  What is a Featured Topic?

A:
  A Featured Topic is where you'll find information on headline news or new and exciting resources in the library. If it's popular, you'll find it here.


Category: Research FAQs

Q:
  What is Search by Topic?

A:
  Search by Topic is the fastest way to find what you need when you're not sure where to start looking. We tell you the best places to start for your topic. No more guessing which resource to use. We have it there at your fingertips.


Category: Research FAQs

Q:
  Where can I find a list of magazines and newspapers that the library has?

A:
  On the Search By Topic page, select the topicMagazine, Journal and Newspaper Print Subscriptions. Under Magazines select the ,a href="http://www.lvccld.org/library/serials/index.cfm">Library Newspaper & Magazine Subscriptions link. This lets you search for a magazine or newspaper by title, library branch, or subject.


Category: Research FAQs

Q:
  Where can I find really old newspaper articles?

A:
  Several libraries have old newspapers on microfilm. You can see a list of the library branches that have microfilm archives.

You can also find old newspapers online, under Search by Topic - Newspapers & Current Events under Historical Newspapers.


If you have additional questions, please email them to ask@lvccld.org.