Frequently Asked Business Questions

Sometimes, reference questions about business can be stumpers! It can be tricky to know where to start looking, especially when you don’t get this particular question often.

The Business Team has collected a few of the questions we answer frequently, and made them into FAQs in Ask Us, Tell Us.

To find answers to these frequently asked questions, head on over to Sno-Isle Libraries’ Help & FAQs page.

In the search box, type the keyword “business” to see all the FAQs we’ve written about business research.

Now you can confidently answer questions about what kinds of licenses a business needs, finding an industry report, or assessing a market for a product or service.

If you get a really tricky business question, please remember that the Business Team can be assigned questions in LibAnswers. We’re here to help!

-Emily and the Business Team

Information on the Flu & Coronavirus

With both the flu and newly-emerged Coronavirus making major headlines, the Research Team has worked with web services to create a helpful information page on these topics. This page can be found on the Sno-Isle Libraries homepage, as a small image tile beneath “Library News”.

This is an excellent resource to quickly share with customers who have questions or concerns about this. On this page, one can find vetted and reliable information at the local, state, and national/international levels concerning outbreak information, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and general information on these illnesses.

Rickey Barnett–Research Team

Washington State History Online

It’s true that Sno-Isle Libraries owns a nice collection of books on both local and state history. However, it is often the case that these books cannot leave the library, or do not cover certain events that may have occurred more recently. It’s in cases like this where HistoryLink.org can save the day!

Whether a student is seeking information for a school project, or a life-long learner is curious to learn about their community’s history, HistoryLink can help! Users are offered an easy-to-use search interface, which also allows one to filter by location, time that an event occurred, and various topic categories. Also included is a timeline feature (found in the Explore tab), which provides an excellent visual representation of our state’s history.

Users and Library staff alike can rest assured that the information found on HistoryLink is vetted, comprehensive, and reliable. This online encyclopedia is curated by real historians, who not only cite their sources, but also incorporate primary source materials into their articles. This is especially relevant for histories of the Native Peoples of Washington State. To learn more about HistoryLink, see their About section.

Happy Searching!

Rickey Barnett–Research Team

24/7 Writing Lab

“Can you just take a look at this and tell me if it’s okay?” What do you do when a customer wants you to proofread a piece of writing? Proofreading and editing is outside of our purview, but many customers ask us to do this type of work for them. Luckily, we have a resource for this very thing in Online Learning.

What is the Brainfuse 24/7 Writing Lab?

The Adult Learning Center offers two types of writing assistance for business and personal needs: live assistance from expert writing tutors and the 24/7 Writing Lab. The 24/7 Writing Lab is ideal when an extended analysis is required and the writing is more than 1-2 pages. Brainfuse 24/7 Writing Lab is designed to help users produce a better written work through targeted, structured feedback. Users submit documents through a secure file sharing portal and check for document return status on the personalized and secure Message Center.

When should I use the live writing assistance?

Use live, writing assistance when there is a need for immediate help. Users may also want to connect with writing tutors to work through the initial stages of the writing process, discuss writing strategies, or to brainstorm themes and topics.
(Adapted from Brainfuse FAQs)

2(xy + 9) – 4x = There’s A Resource For That

Online college classes, exams and certifications are just a few of the ways adult learners can benefit from using the internet. But without a classroom or an instructor they can see on a regular basis (or at all) – who helps these students when they need it?

Sno-Isle supports lifelong learners through its subscription to Brainfuse: Adult Learning Center. Found on the Online Learning page https://www.sno-isle.org/onlinelearning, the Adult Learning Center offers tutoring, a writing lab, academic coaching and more. And like its partner Brainfuse HelpNow for kids, it offers the assistance live online.

I don’t know who feels better when I assure my customers that I’m not the one who will help them with their Algebra – me or them. Instead, I refer them to the vetted tutors of the Adult Learning Center – who are waiting to do what I cannot.

Students + Sno-Isle Libraries = academic success.

There’s a form for that!

At Sno-Isle Libraries, we strive to be help customers in any way we can. However, there are some questions that we simply cannot fully address. A great example being in-depth legal questions.

However, in the case of straightforward legal questions, we have some amazing library resources at our disposal! We of course have our Legal Information Reference Center, which provides access to a collection of legal reference items. But in this post, I want to really point out the wealth of free information available in the Legal Forms database.

I am often surprised when I hear that customers have spent money in order to download their needed legal form from the Internet. Sometimes, at an alarming price, for questionable quality. Luckily, we can circumvent this issue with our Legal Forms database!

The forms in this database are neatly organized by category, with the most popular appearing in blue at the left side of the page. Better still, these forms are specific for Washington State, and where applicable, provide forms specific to certain courts. By clicking on a particular topic, you will see a list of forms, further separated by a number of factors. Just remember, we can only help a customer find a particular form. It is never a good idea to try interpret how the form should be used, or to fill the form out for the customer. In these instances, the best course of action is to refer the customer to an expert!

Bonus: The Legal Forms database also has an attorney directory, legal terms dictionary, and a treasure trove of other helpful resources!

Happy searching! -Rickey Barnett, Research Team

GVRL Crush

There is a lot to love about the Gale Virtual Reference Library. If you help students of any age, make sure this resource is one of your demos when you highlight the Online Library.

There was, of course, a time when students could get the books they needed only when the library building was open. Not so anymore. This collection of full-text online reference books is a near 5,000 title home library for anyone with a library card and internet access.

Students can read, listen to, search, download, send, and cite every book in the collection, 24 hours a day. To the delight of parents and teachers and (possibly) to the disappointment of some students, GVRL means there is no longer an excuse for not being able to finish homework. The books come to you. What’s not to love?

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