Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Try This @ Home: Morningstar Library Edition

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The real estate market has tanked, American Express is concerned about defaults, the state budget is facing deficits, banks are hustling to mitigate risky loans.

An aphorism that was making the rounds a few years ago states, "Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries." If the wise placement of your money is something you want to control better, you may be interested in learning about our newest database: Morningstar Library Edition. If you have an IRA, 401-k, or even just a savings account, you are an investor, and Morningstar has something for you.

Covering both stocks and mutual funds, Morningstar provides analysis, company reports, interactive stock charts, valuation ratios, and 10-year financial statements. It also includes an extensive help and education section for beginning and experienced investors. You can find it on the library's Database Page in the business section.

Online subscriptions, or "databases," provided by Sacramento Public Library make a wide range of information available free to anyone who walks into our branches and to patrons with computers at home. These subscriptions range from full-text magazine and newspaper articles to biographies, from auto repair to census records. Here's the full list of our current subscriptions. All but a couple are available to our cardholders from their home computers - all that is required is a current library card and a PIN.

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