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Databases – Home, Hobbies and Repair

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AtoZ World Food


world food

AtoZ World Food contains traditional recipes AND covers food culture for 174 countries of the world in six categories: National Cuisine, Regional Cuisine, Daily Meals, Dining Etiquette, Special Occasion Foods, and Food Trivia.

Learn about a culture AND get great new recipes!

• 174 Countries • 9,000+ Food Photos • 1,700+ Food Quotes
• 6,000+ Recipes • 540+ Ingredient Articles • 750+ World Beer Reviews
• 850+ Food Culture Articles • 800+ Food Glossary Terms • Personal Recipe Book


From Home

Chilton’s Auto Repair


Searchable, includes repair procedures, wiring diagrams, maintenance intervals, general troubleshooting and more for most models, both domestic and imports. Most information can be easily printed out for use in the garage. In-library

From Home

Culinary Arts Collection


Love Food?

Searchable collection on eating, cooking, nutrition, food budgeting, diets and more.


From Home

Garden, Landscape and Horticulture Collection



Love to Garden?

Searchable articles on gardening, landscaping, horticulture science and more.

From Home

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center


Got Hobbies? 

Detailed “how-to” and ideas for virtually every hobby enthusiast.

Full text from leading hobby and craft magazines, over 700 “how to” videos, 3000+ recipes, even game cheats!


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Home Improvement Center


Over 5 million home improvement articles to support both the hobbyist and the professional. In-library
From Home

Home Improvement Reference Center


Detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.


From Home

Pop Culture Collection



Millions of articles on popular culture topics like social media, music, video games and more.

From Home

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