Database of the Week: Library databases... they aren't just for school work

Hidden among the library's collection of databases are some useful resources to help you with your personal life. Whether you are seeking something to do over winter break or learn a new skill for the new year, the library may be able to help you get started with a variety of different how-to guides.

Troubleshoot your car's problemsChilton Library is a database of automotive help. It includes step-by-step service and repair procedures, wiring diagrams, maintenance and specification tables, troubleshooting guides, and diagnostic trouble codes.

Find a new hobbyHobbies and Crafts Reference Center offers detailed "how-to" instructions, videos, patterns, and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Subjects include arts & crafts, home & garden, outdoor recreation, performing arts, and science & technology.

Learn how to fix the kitchen sink or decorate your room: The Home Improvement Reference Center provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects. Subjects include maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, decorating, plumbing, and wood projects.

Learn a new languageMango Languages uses real-life situations, conversational immersion, along with authentic content (thru full-feature length films), to teach a new language through an easy, interactive, and self-paced online system. Mango Languages features over 50 foreign language, 17 ESL, 2 religious, and 2 literature courses taught by native speakers. (available on any mobile device)

To view the entire collection of over 390 databases, go to Our library provides the campus with access to newspapers, professional magazines, art, movies, historical artifacts, and more. If you ever have any questions about where to look for something or a question about the library's services, you may send a message to,or chat with us / search our FAQs at

Most of our resources are available from off-campus, meaning you can use them at home. To log in, just use your Kenyon username and password (Duo will be required).