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Survey: Do you use Pratt Library's databases?
The Library offers customers free access to over 60 research databases. They contain scholarly journal articles, reports, images, newspapers and more, on a variety of topics. Here are a few examples:
  • Baltimore Sun Archive
  • and HeritageQuest
  • Auto Repair Reference Center
  • Value Line (investing research)
  • Learning Express Library
Please take 5 minutes to help us understand your information needs. Even if you haven't tried our databases, your input will be valuable!
Computers, Internet, and Wireless Access

Computer Software and Saving Your Work

The Enoch Pratt Free Library offers a number of software applications on the public computers.

Computer Applications:

  • microsoft office logoMicrosoft Office Suite  
    Word: a full-featured word processing program which allows you to create documents such as letters, resume, reports, etc.
    Excel: a spreadsheet program for generating reports and analyze data.
    PowerPoint: a presentation program used to create slideshows, composed of text, graphics, movies and other objects.
    Publisher and Access: mostly used for designing brochures, labels, calendars, greeting cards, business cards, and newsletter.
  • Internet Explore with most common plugins such as: Flash, Shockwave, Quick Time and Java.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader: allows the viewing and printing of PDF files
  • Windows Media Player and Real Player: applications used for playing audio, video and viewing images
  • ZoomText (ADA PCs only): a screen magnifier program designed for visually-impaired people. It allows people to see and hear everything on the computer screen as well as providing access to applications, documents, email and the Internet.
  • Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Tutor (only available on PCs in computer centers): a software to teach touch typing.

Specially designed PCs for children have computer educational games which help children learn and improve their math, English and reading skills. 

Saving Your Work

usb flash driveAll Pratt Library computers have accessible USB drives to save your work to your flash (aka ‘thumb’ or ‘jump’) drive. (Most library computers do NOT have 3 ½” floppy disk drives, and all our CD drives are read-only). If you do not have a flash drive, you can purchase a 2 GB drive for $10 at all library locations.

Some brands of flash drives (such as SanDisk, for example) have an installation module that attempts to write files to the host computer. Because the Pratt Library uses a security program which blocks this ability, these USBs may not work in our computers.



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