The Hernando County Public Library provides its library card holders with access to General OneFile, an online index with articles from more than 6,300 magazines, newspapers and news services.
Additionally, nearly 5,000 more publications are indexed, providing enough information that library users can get interlibrary loans of the articles they would like to have. The index and archive are updated daily.
Every full-text entry in General OneFile is available in HTML, a format any computer can read. Many articles are also available in PDF format, the kind of file that needs Adobe Acrobat Reader (a free product) to read. Either format can be downloaded to your computer for future reference, and can be read on many handheld devices, such as the Sony Reader, iPhone and Kindle.
Examples of magazines immediately available for your reading pleasure and information include:
• Consumer Reports: scanned images of the full text of every issue since 1999.
• Financial Times: complete daily issues since Nov. 24, 1994.
• People Weekly: full text of every article since Jan. 10, 1983.
• Psychology Today: full text since 1992; scanned images since September 1999.
Some publications do not offer the most current issues through General OneFile. For example, Prevention releases its issues on a three-month delay — but every article is there, never cut out, and never deleted from the library's collection due to lack of space or wear and tear.
To access this archive of articles from home, begin on the library's home page, www.hcpl.lib.fl.us, then click on the "Databases and Web Sites" choice on the left side of the screen. On the next screen, look for "Alphabetical Listing" in large blue letters in the center of the screen, and click on that phrase. Scroll down the next screen until you see InfoTrac OneFile. When you've clicked on that link, you will need to enter your library card number to log on to the InfoTrac Web site. The link to General OneFile comes first on the list of products on the InfoTrac page.
The General OneFile main screen is the "Basic Search" screen. Here the magazine index may be searched by keyword, author or article title. Also, you can use the "Publication Search" link to look in just the magazine you want.
Following the on-screen instructions, you can search the entire available run of the magazine or choose the specific date and issue that you want to read. The "Subject Guide" and "Advanced Search" links will yield more exact results, but they require a familiarity with the General OneFile system.
Once you've entered this database, you'll find so much more than just magazines and newspapers.
A variety of travel handbooks, including Fodor's Washington, D.C., Fodor's Jamaica and Fodor's Cote d'Azur are available either to print or to access on your laptop as you travel. You can listen to National Public Radio news and information programs, or read transcripts for NPR shows produced from 1990 to the present.
These more unusual results can be found by clicking on the tabs at the top of the results list produced by searching via "Basic Search," "Subject Guide" or "Advanced Search."
In a special feature, articles in General OneFile can be translated into any of eight languages: Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Korean and Chinese (using simplified characters). This feature permits almost any reader to investigate the content of more than 11,000 magazines.
Whether you want to save yourself a trip to the library or view materials not available at your nearest branch, General OneFile provides access to the articles you want — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Your library stands ready to help you as you make use of this online resource. If you have any trouble locating the Web pages or accessing General OneFile, please call any library branch and a librarian will be able to walk you through the process.
Anthony Adams is a reference librarian for the Hernando County Public Library System.