Columbus-Lowndes Public Library

Columbus, MS

Library Catalogue

Susan Nawrocki
Reference Librarian


Columbus-Lowndes Library
314 North Seventh Street Columbus, Ms 39701


Monday - Thursday
9:00 - 6:00
Friday - 9:00 - 5:00
Saturday - 10:00 - 4:00


Mississippi Library Association Web Site
The official web site for the Mississippi Library Association. The mission of the Mississippi Library Association is to provide professional leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
Mississippi Library Commission
The official web site for the Mississippi Library Commission. The Mississippi Library Commission is committed - through leadership, advocacy, and service - to strengthening and enhancing libraries and library services for all Mississippians.
Mississippi State Government Web Site
The official web site for the State of Mississippi government. Here you will find links on Living in Mississippi, Government in Mississippi, Education in Mississippi, Healthcare in Mississippi, Business in Mississippi, and Working in Mississippi. This web site also has excellent visitors resources.
Mississippi Arts Commission
The Mississippi legislature created the Mississippi Arts Commission as the official grantsmaking and service agency for the arts. Since then the Commission has broadened its role as an active supporter and promoter of the arts in community life and arts education.
Supertalk Mississippi
"For the first time in Mississippi History, the citizens of our state have a voice that is being heard, changing and reshaping politics, opinions, and even exposing corruption, it’s no longer politics as usual." (quoted from the SuperTalk 'about us' page) This is an excellent Opinion/Editorial radio station specifically geared toward the citizens of Mississippi. In addition to being heard throughout the state on various stations, there is a free radio stream provided over the internet at their website. The shows featured on air vary from Mississippi politics, to Gardening, to Financial information.
The Mississippi State Legistlature
This is the Mississippi State Legistlature Website where Bills from the current Legistlative session can be viewed. Along with this information there is an active Roll Call list for the entire legistlative body. Here you can view for State Congressman's voting record for the current session, as well as Bills slated for upcoming votes. This is an essential resource for anyone interested in Mississippi state politics.
Mississippi Office of the State Auditor
The Department of Audit, which employs some 150 persons, including approximately 25 Certified Public Accountants, comprises one of the largest auditing firms in the state. The Office is widely regarded as the definitive authority in matters pertaining to the use of public funds, and the recommendations offered by its auditors and other expert personnel are readily adhered to and respected throughout the state.
Mississippi Automated Resource System (MARIS)
This is a technical center website, providing access to Mississippi's statewide geographic information system (GIS). Through this site you may access a wide range of geographic resources.
Mississippi Department of Corrections
The Mississippi Department of Corrections website features an inmate search as well as information pertaining to the Law Enforcement field in Mississippi.
Mississippi Department of Finanace and Administration
The Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration is the primary agency responsible for State government financial and administrative operations including employee payroll, vendor payments, employee insurance, construction, maintenance, and protection of State buildings in the Capitol Complex, financial information management systems, management of the State’s vehicle fleet, and numerous other related activities.
Mississippi Department of Health
The Mississippi Department of Health web site features resources useful for all Mississippians. Here you may find information on services and programs, regulation and licensure, emergency preparedness, and vital records & statistics
Touch and Vote Mississippi
This is the State of Mississippi web site devoted to the promotion and education about modern Touch Screen voting devices. The move toward a semi-paperless voting system in Mississippi has been a long and controversial process. This site features online viewable demos of the voting machines as well as a large amount of generalized voter information such as; voting calendars, polling place locators, and detailed voter instructions.

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News and Current Events

In addition to featuring national and international news, ABC's news site also features recaps and transcripts and selected video clips back through late April 1997 from many of its news programs, including Nightline, 20/20, and PrimeTime Live. Searchable.
The Christian Science Monitor
Online edition of the newspaper, with global coverage, national news, audio updates and features geared to family life and community.
Headlines and stories from CNN. Sections include US News, World News, Business, Weather, Sports, Entertainment, Sci-Tech, Food, Health, Nature, Politics, Style.
Up-to-date news, scores and results from all manner of sports, plus feature articles.
College Times
"A searchable database of recent NY Times articles organized into a directory of related academic fields. Allows signing up for e-mail notification whenever there are new articles pertinent to any field."
The Economist
"The International Weekly Journal of News, Ideas, Opinion, and Analysis." Features selected articles from the current issue, an archive of past issues, a style guide, and a library of key articles from past issues. A good source for news and discussion of events happening all over the globe.
The New York Times
Online edition of the world renowned newspaper, updated daily. Access is free, but requires a password. A low graphics version is available.
USA Today
The online version of USA Today's popular newspaper. This site provides good, brief stories on current events, sports, weather and finance. The full text of articles which appear in the print version are available, including stories from the AP wire service.
The Washington Post
The online version of the Washington Post. This site is a good souce of news and information about Washington D.C. politics. The full text of articles that appear in the print version, including those from the AP wire service, are also provided. The search engine one can find an article or feature from the Post, find an article from AP or search the Washington Post's databases.
The Wire - News from the Associated Press
The lastest breaking news from the definitive, international news organization.

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Periodical Directories

Catalog of US Government Publications
Search government publications by author, title, subject area, or keywords on this site.
Directory of Open Access Journals
This site contains a directory of web sites for numerous publicly available academic and scientific journals, and a full-text journal article search engine.
This intensive archive contains articles dating back to 1984 from several hundred magazines and journals. Search for articles by topic: Arts & Entertainment, Automotive, Business & Finance, Computers & Technology, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, News & Society, Reference & Education, and Sports.
Links to thousands of newspapers from all over the world, categorized by country. United States and Canadian newspapers are divided by state/province.
"The Internet Directory of Publications. is the most comprehensive directory of information about more than 150,000 publications and more than 8000 newspapers around the world. information comes from definitive sources such as Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory. And it adds the timeliness and linking capabilities of the Web." Browse by title, subject or publisher. Search by Title, Description, Publisher and/or ISSN. Registration (free) required to access.

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Political Resources

Project Vote Smart
"...thousands of citizens (conservative and liberal alike) working together, spending endless hours researching the backgrounds and records of thousands of political candidates and elected officials to discover their voting records, campaign contributions, public statements, biographical data (including their work history) and evaluations of them generated by over 100 competing special interest groups." (quoted from 'About Project Vote Smart')
Real Clear Politics
"Founded in 2000 by John McIntyre and Tom Bevan, Chicago-based (RCP) has become one of America’s premier independent political web sites. Updated every morning and throughout the day, RCP culls and publishes the best commentary, news, polling data, and links to important resources from all points of the political compass and covering all the important issues of the day. RealClearPolitics has become a trusted filter for anyone interested in politics." (quoted from 'About Us')

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Style and Writing Guides

APA Style Essentials - Vanguard University
A great resource, if you are looking for a easy to use, effective and concise APA Style Guide. There are many examples, and coverage of all parts of the proper way to format your paper in APA style. This is a very thorough resource, which will assist you with your APA citing needs.
APA Style Tips
From the official homepage of the APA style guide comes these "extended discussions of...complex issues" in regards to APA style and "nuts-and-bolts advice on how to reference electronic media" using APA style.
The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Are you looking for an easy to use guide for the Turabian/Chicago Style Guide? This website is the Chicago Manual of Style site, so the resources that you find are reliable. There are many examples of the entire process of formatting and citing your paper in Turabian/Chicago Style.
History Department Style Sheet - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Are you looking for a simple to use website on how to use the footnotes/endnotes in the Turabian style to cite the resources for your paper? There are many examples of footnotes/endnotes for books, oral histories, print articles, and electronic sources.
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
Improve your grammar with this easy-to-use reference and workbook. Filled with real world examples and simplified explanations. Includes a grammar blog to discuss issues and find the answers to your language problems and quizzes to test progress.
Common Errors in English
This is a very comprehensive site, that does a very good job of exhaustively covering errors in English. Paul Brians, a professor of English at the Washington State University, maintains this site. The main thrust of this site is covering the most common errors in English usage.
How to Write a Term Paper
This is a very good resource for those needing some help writing a term paper. This site goes through the various stages involved in writing an effective term paper, such as: choosing a topic, evaluating thesis and sources, and how to begin and organize a research paper. There are articles that describe the stages involved in writing a research paper, as well as examples to illustrate the points being made.

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Telephone and Address

AT&T Directories
Use this site to find a business by category or by name, to find a person by name, or a person or business by phone number.
Big Book
Listings for businesses in the United States. You can search by business name, location, and/or category. Listings include address, phone number, and a street map showing the business' location.
How to Call Abroad: International Calling Guide
Don't let calling abroad confuse you! This site provides "comprehensive and up to date information on how to dial internationally from the USA, Canada or from any other country. Telephone country codes and international area codes are displayed by country, with additional info featured such as city and cellular codes".
" simplifies the search for the best and most useful information about people on the Web. We hope that our site will enable you to quickly and easily connect with others, reunite with friends and family, find people who share your interests, learn about notable individuals, discover ways to help others and much more... From, tap into biographies, vital records, population and demographic statistics, e-mail, phone, reverse and professional directories, newsgroups, chat rooms, family and military networks, missing person data, genealogy resources and much more. "
Reverse Phone Directory
Reverse lookup telephone numbers by using reverse phone books to find a person's name and street address.
The Ultimate White Pages
This website provides search interfaces for several of the telephone directories on the web. (It does not search them all at once, but provides several interfaces on one page.) It includes a reverse directory search in which one can search by phone number instead of by name.
Yahoo! People Search
Find people by searching for telephone numbers (United States only) and e-mail addresses.
ZIP Code Lookup and Address Information
US Zip Code information from the proverbial horse's mouth (the US Postal Sevice). You can look up the Zip+4 code for any address, or enter a city and state to see all Zip Codes associated with that city.

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Testing Resources

Take A Test
A practice testing resource used by the library. Contact our reference librarian for more information on how to access this site with a library specific username and password.

Time and Weather

Weather forecasts (5 and 10 days) and current conditions for the United States and the world. Plus special weather sections for home, travel, health, marine, golf, gardening, aviation, and agriculture. Also features astronomical timetables (sun, moon and planet rises and sets).
Complete Sun and Moon Date For One Day
Provides sunrise and sunset times computed on latitude and longitude of a particular location.
Internet Clocks, Counters, and Countdowns
A collection of Internet clocks, counters, countdowns, and timers. Current time, international clocks, alternate time systems, national debt, world and US population, death, military spending, doomsday, sun, millenium, and other clocks. Also has a section on clock and counter programming code.
National Weather Service
The National Weather Service is the primary source of weather forecasts and warning information for the United States. Includes Current Weather, Climate &amp; Historical Data, and Weather Topics.
The Official U.S. Time
Click on any time zone on a map of the United States, and find out the official time for that zone, accurate within 1 second. This site also includes links to other time-related Web sites and exhibits.
River Watch
River conditions and forecast information for the Mississippi River Basin (including the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, and Arkansas Basins). Provides daily river level summaries and five-day forecasts for river stage heights (in feet).
United States Climate Page
"This web site provides easy access to climatologies for cities throughout the US and its possessions. Simply click on the state you are interested in and then click on the city name (or the bullet that indicates the city's location). You will then get a plot of the daily average climate for that city including maximum and minimum temperature, precipitation and snowfall."
The Weather Channel
The WWW version of cable TV's Weather Channel. Current weather information and forecasting for the United States are easily accessed. This site also offers educational resources, such as the "weather classroom." Weather news, advisories and facts of interest are available, as is the Weather Channel's TV schedule.
The World Clock
The current time at over 500 locations worldwide. It can be customized to show only the cities you want.

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