Home Improvement Collection

What is it?

  • Home Improvement Collection features more than 4.5 million articles from more than 200 home improvement-focused titles.

  • It covers topics including architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and more.

Getting Started

Access Home Improvement Collection through any web browser:

  1. Go to the library’s website and click on the orange Research & Learning button and then on the Articles, Research & Information button.

  2. Click on Home & Garden and then on the Home Improvement Collection link. You will be prompted to log in with your Patron ID # (back of card) and PIN number.

  3. Note: You may sign in with your own Google or Microsoft account if you would like to upload articles to your Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive, but it is not required to use the database.

Using Home Improvement Collection

  1. Use Home Improvement Collection by 1) typing in your query in the Search field, 2) choosing Advanced Search for more search options, or 3) using the Topic Finder to discover other topics related to your search term(s). 

  2. The article’s web page provides publication information. Your search term(s) will be highlighted in red within the article. You also have the option to listen to an audio version of the article or download the .mp3 recording by clicking the “Listen” button below the publication information.

  3. The cite button allows you to create a citation for the article in multiple citation styles. The Highlights and Notes feature allows you to make annotations within an article. All annotations can be accessed by clicking the Highlights and Notes button in the upper right. You may download, print, and email a .pdf of the article, as well as upload it to your Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.