Reference & Research: Do-It-Yourself

For handy people who like to do things for themselves and for those who love crafts and hobbies, there are four databases chock full of resources for you:

The following resource is through BadgerLink, provided by Wisconsin's Dept. of Public Instruction and funded through the Public Service Commission, Universal Service Fund.

Auto Repair

Auto Repair Reference Center

For a PDF file of user instructions for Auto Repair, click here.

Auto Repair Reference Center contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1945. The automotive repair information in this database is supplied by Point 5 Technologies, Inc., under license from Nichols Publishing, the former publisher of Chilton® Information and information from Delphi Integrated Service Solutions.

Content includes:

  • More than 31,660 vehicles, from 1945 to present
  • Over 205,000 drawings and step-by-step instructions
  • Approximately 75,000 technical service bulletins & recalls
  • Over 130,000 enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing & printing
  • Specifications & maintenance schedules
  • Labor Time Guide & Estimator
  • AutoIQ

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The following three resources are provided by Wisconsin Valley Library Services, of which APL is a member.

Hobbies and Crafts

Hobbies and Crafts

Scrapbooking

For a PDF file of user instructions for Hobbies and Crafts , click here.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center provides comprehensive full text content for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities today. Including full text for more than 740 magazines and books, as well as access to more than 720 videos and over 140 hobby reports, this database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby-enthusiast. Subject areas include arts & crafts; collecting; games & electronics; model building; home & leisure; needlework; outdoors & nature; and scrapbooking & papercraft. The database also features extensive information on over 140 topics. Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center provides full text from the leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Birder's World, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, PaperWorks, Scrapbooking, Quilter's World, and many more.

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Home Improvement

Home Improvement

Home Repair

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Focusing on home improvement and repair, the Home Improvement Reference Center is a full text database. The main navigation will direct researchers to high-quality repair information. Thousands of repairs are available in the following project areas: outdoor, electrical, remodeling, plumbing, woodworking, decorating and maintenance. In addition to the repair information, there is a library of videos, a comprehensive index, and feature articles.

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Small Engine Repair

Small Engine Repair

ATV

For a PDF file of user instructions for Small Engine Repair, click here.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center is a full text database intended for those seeking reference and instructional information about small engine machinery maintenance and repair. This database contains the full set of small engine repair manuals from Clymer, manuals which contain thousands of accurate and concise step-by-stepmaintenance and repair instructions for hundreds of small engine machines and their supporting components. Routine maintenance, such as tune-ups and brake service, as well as more extensive repairs involving engine transmission disassembly are covered. Engines types include: motorcycles, ATVs, personal water craft, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, tractors, snow blowers, generators, and more. Detailed and user-friendly content is provided in high-quality PDF files. Many documents contain photos and detailed illustrations to visually support step-by-step procedures.

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01-Sep-2009