Category Archives: Search Engines

Check out Encore!

Encore is the new way to search for materials in the Poughkeepsie Public Library District (and every other library within the Mid-Hudson Library System too!).  Encore allows users to search millions of book, movie, e-book and audiobook titles available through the Mid-Hudson Library System, as well as downloadable articles from over 7,000 magazine and journals.  Another new feature of Encore is the ability to check out e-books and audiobooks within the library catalog, instead of leaving the catalog and going to the Overdrive website. And like with the old catalog, you can continue to manage your holds and renewals online by logging into your account. If you would like training on how to get the most out of this great new resource, visit us for one-on-one help!

Check out the new catalog here.

Check Out the New!

One of the PCC staff’s favorite sites to recommend for technology training (for both the public and for us!) is They relaunched their website this week with changes designed to make it easier for users to move around the website and locate the topics they are interested in learning more about.

Don’t worry about changes in content though–all of the information that previous users found so helpful is still there.  offers a comprehensive selection of tutorials on topics such as:

  • Technology basics
  • Microsoft Office
  • Reading
  • Math
  • Job searching, resume writing, and interviewing skills
  • Everyday life skills such reading maps, managing your money, and reading food labels

Visit and start learning today!

Google Tips

Many of us find Google to be a useful search engine, but we could all benefit from tips to make our search experience easier and more effective.

How Strong is Your Google Fu? is useful for the beginner Google user, and has tips on using special symbols to help you specify the information you are really trying to locate. It also covers how to search for images, currency, measurements, and how to utilize Google alerts to track yourself or other topics of interest that appear in the news or on newly indexed websites.

How Strong Is Your Google Fu?

Get the Most Out of Google is written for individuals doing more extensive research than most of do on a regular basis, however it offers useful tips on how to :

  • search for particular types of information like PDFs
  • refine your search by specific authors or sites
  • utilize keyboard shortcuts
  • access Google Scholar, which searches only academic and scholarly work

Get the Most Out of Google