When it's a virtual book! The wealth of information you can get from the library while sitting at home has grown by volumes; dozens of volumes, that is! Just yesterday we added 20 new titles to the Gale Virtual Reference Library, which Newport Library card holders can access from our database page, or by clicking on this link.
American Decades has articles about the arts, business, fashion, lifestyle, politics, science, and sports of each decade of the 20th Century. In Volume 1, 1900-1909, I read an article about "American Women's Fashion."
Not just fashion, but prices have drastically changed since then!
A student doing research on American history topics ranging from the Boston Tea Party to the recent war with Iraq can find easy to read, yet authoritative information in the U*X*L Encyclopdia of U.S. History. Did you know a group of angry Boston citizens dumped more than ninety thousand pounds of tea into the harbor? The cause and effect of their actions are discussed, with links to additional information.
We have some new medical books, also, including the Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health, Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health, Encyclopedia of Drugs - Alcohol & Addictive Behavior, and Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests. These are great resources for researching a topic before visiting your doctor.