Home Improvement Reference Center

What is it?

  • Home Improvement Reference Center, powered by EBSCOhost, is designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance, and remodeling projects.

  • It contains how-to guides on a wide range of home improvement topics, such as plumbing, woodwork, and decorating, detailed pictures and charts, and step-by-step instructions.

Getting Started

Access Home Improvement Reference Center 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 Reference Center link. You will be prompted to log in with your Patron ID # (back of card) and PIN number.

Using Home Improvement Reference Center

  1. Use Home Improvement Reference Center by 1) browsing the categories available on the main page 2) typing in your query in the Basic Search field, or 3) choosing Advanced Search for more options.

  2. Basic Search allows you to enter a word or phrase. Search suggestions will appear as you begin to type your term(s). Advanced Search gives you options to limit your search by factors such as document type or search for multiple terms. Toolbox, on the right-hand side of the page, contains how-to videos, conversion charts, and other helpful tips.

  3. Click on an item in your results list to view the record which will display the article in PDF format. Use Full-Text Contents on the right-hand side to skip ahead to other related sections within the work. Click Detailed Record to view the full publication information.

  4. Use the Tools Menu on the right-hand side of the page to print, email, or save the article. You can also use the Cite feature to create a citation.

  5. Click the Download PDF button in the upper left-hand corner to download a copy of the article.

  6. To use the “Add to Folder” function to save information for access at another time, you must register for an account or sign into EBSCOhost with a Google Account by clicking Sign-In at the top of the page.