April 26, 2006
GreatSchools.net K-12 Schools in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida.....
According to the site: "A former teacher, Bill Jackson founded GreatSchools in 1998 to catalyze a force that he believed was vital to the process of achieving excellence in education - parent involvement.
Bill launched GreatSchools.net because he believed that:
When parents make informed choices, students and schools benefit
Students are more successful when parents are actively involved in their education
Schools improve when parents advocate for high-quality teaching and learning
Since then, GreatSchools has evolved into a national, independent nonprofit organization committed to helping parents like you choose schools, support your children's education and improve schools in your community. More than 25 million users visited GreatSchools.net in 2005. Our content powers the Internet's leading media organizations including AOL, Yahoo!, Knight Ridder, the Los Angeles Times and more than 85 top Web sites nationwide.
Our Mission: To improve K-12 education by inspiring parents to get involved."
According to the web site: "It is ConnectViaBook's vision to be the favourite destination for booklovers.
We want to provide an environment where readers can share their excitement from having read a great book and where everyone, through a passionate exchange of ideas, information and knowledge, can question, learn, grow and emerge not only wiser but also having made new friends from around the world.
We believe that we can only achieve our vision if we provide the very best environment for readers to connect, discuss and share their excitement and passion for their books."
Find a book you have read, build your book list and use it to...
connect with others
discuss your favourite books / topics online and in person
see who is reading what your reading, locally and globally
read and write book comments and reviews
get better book recomendations
publish your book lists
and much more...
ChemRefer - Chemistry Literature Search
ChemRefer is a search engine that is designed to allow students, academics, chemical and pharmaceutical companies quick access to chemistry literature which is available on the internet. There is plenty of such literature around, but it is all located on different websites. Most such websites contain a mixture of accessible and restricted literature and it is frustrating to locate an article, only to find it restricted to subscribers. ChemRefer only finds literature that is full text and freely available (from many different sources).
April 25, 2006
According to the web site: "NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs View image on all kinds of statistics with ease."
"You can also view profiles of individual countries including their maps and flags, use correlation reports and scatterplots to find relationships between variables, and refer to fully integrated encyclopedia with over 800,000 articles."
April 24, 2006
Free Copies of "The Pitch" Available
The GSU Foundation and the Library continues to have a surplus of books called, “The Pitch” by Hugh Rank. Copies are available in the library.
The pitch /
1991 2nd ed.
English Book 156 p.: ill. ; 23 cm.
Park Forest, Ill. : Counter-Propaganda Press, ; ISBN: 0943468035
Advertising -- Evaluation.
Content analysis (Communication)
If you would like multiple copies for your classes, contact Lydia Morrow Ruetten at ext. 4116 or at L-Morrow@govst.edu
Mumps - MayoClinic.com
With the mumps outbreak in the Midwest, I thought this would be a good web site to highlight. The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research has a fact sheet on the mumps which covers the following:
Signs and symptoms
When to seek medical advice
Screening and diagnosis
Trimester Break Begins
Trimester Break officially begins Tuesday, April 25th. Starting Tuesday, the library hours will be:
Tuesday, April 25th - Friday, April 28th
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Monday, May 1st - Friday, May 5th
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
April 21, 2006
Stedman's Medical Dictionaries
The Stedman's site offers many products for sale, however it does have 2 free features that are of interest. They have an Online Medical Dictionary which is avialable 24/7. This is what there site has to say:
Welcome to Stedman's Online Medical Dictionary -- your online resource for medical terminology definitions. Simply type in a word, or search by the first two letters and with a mouse-click, gain instant access to Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 27th Edition. Search by keyword, search by definition, search by wildcard. Stedman's Online Medical Dictionary is fast, easy, and free. And best of all, we're always available. So next time you need to look-up a medical TERM... day or night... just turn us on.
They also have:
Word of the Day
Every day they feature a new word. Today's word is: omphalotomy - Cutting of the umbilical cord at birth.
It's a great place to go if you want to increase your vocabulary.
April 20, 2006
Librarian Michel Nguessan is in the News
The Thursday, April 20, 2006 edition of The Star had an article on the Faculty Authors' Reception. The article highlighted the work of Dr. William Craig, Associate Director of Admissions and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Eli Segal, Professor of Communications and the library's own Dr. Michel Nguessan, Head of Library and Academic Technology.
Michel wrote "The Voice of the Elders, An Evening of Storytelling with the Baoule" under the pseudonym Manny Cangaley. The book is a compilation of stories from Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa. It is written in both English and Baoule, which is a language of the country.
MYSTERY*FILE THE CRIME FICTION RESEARCH JOURNAL
On this web site you will be able to find:
Authors: Interviews and Profiles
General Articles and Checklists
Addenda to CRIME FICTION IV
Ed Gorman Rambles
Book Review Columns
Index to Reviews
You can also find links to:
Feb 8. THE CRIMINAL HISTORY WEBSITE. Alan Bishop has just announced that the February edition of his website devoted to crime and mystery fiction set in years gone by is now on line. Of special note is an interview with Susan and Bill Wittig, a.k.a. Robin Paige, the author(s) of the Lord and Lady Sheridan Victorian crime mysteries.
Nov 27. NATIVE AMERICAN DETECTIVES. A chronological checklist compiled by Steve Lewis. No, Tony Hillerman is not the first author to be listed, but he was certainly the first to make any great impact.
If your are interested in Mysteries, give this site a look.
April 19, 2006
Domain Tools: Whois Lookup and Domain Suggestions
This is a valuable tool for finding out who owns a domain name, doing traceroutes, pings, DNS look-up, and Reverse IP look-up.
April 18, 2006
Terrorists and the Internet - Council on Foreign Relations
The Council on Foreign Relations is a nonpartisan and independent membership organization. Some of the topics they cover are: Defense/Homeland Security, Energy/Environment, and:
Terrorists and the Internet
Author: Eben Kaplan, Research Associate
March 2, 2006
How do terrorist organizations use the Internet?
How effective is online terrorist propaganda?
What advantages does the Internet offer terrorists?
What is cyberterrorism?
Who are the most prominent online terrorists?
How do governments respond to terrorists’ online activities?
The trimester officially ends Monday, April 24th. That means that this is the last weekend the library will be open until the Spring/Summer '06 trimester starts.
Don't forget, the library is not open on Sunday's durning the Spring/Summer trimester. We will not be open Sunday's until the Fall trimester begins.
Last Workshop of the Winter Trimester
The last workshop for the Winter '06 trimester is:
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Personal Computer
It is from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. today in the Library, Room D2401B. If you are thinking of buying a computer in the near future, this is the workshop for you.
April 17, 2006
MedlinePlus: Videos of Surgical Procedures
This page provides links to pre-recorded webcasts of surgical procedures. These are actual operations performed at medical centers in the United States since January 2004. The videos last an hour. Please note that you cannot send in questions by email, though the webcast may say that you can, because you are not seeing these videos live.
You will need RealPlayer to view the programs. If you do not have Real Player, you will be prompted to obtain a free download of the software before you view the presentation.
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Personal Computer
If you are thinking about buying a computer, this is the workshop you need to be attending. This workshop will help you figure out exactly what you need, based on what you want to do. Interested? Plan on attending tomorrow:
Tues., April 18, 2006
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
See you there.
April 15, 2006
Welcome to postgenomic.com
According to the postgenomic.com site: "Postgenomic collates posts from life science blogs and then does useful and interesting things with that data. For example, you can see which papers are currently being discussed by neurologists, or which web pages are being linked to by bioinformaticians.
It's sort of like a hot papers meeting with the entire biomed blogging community."
You can also search the papers by author, keyword or phrases. If you are interested in conferences, there is a map of the world that show which conferences are coming up and which conferences have ended.
April 14, 2006
Closed Easter Sunday
Don't forget the Library will be closed April 16th for Easter Sunday.
Trip Gas Price
This web site is provided by AAA. Select your starting point and final destination from a list of cities (it lists only major cities, so you have to choose the cities that are close to where you are starting and stoping). Put in the make, model and year of your vehicle, and it is ready to calculate the estimated cost of your trip.
April 13, 2006
Find the Low Gas Prices in Your City
According to the GasBuddy Web Site:
GasBuddy.com can help you find cheap gas prices in your city. It is a network of more than 173+ gas price information web sites that helps you find low gasoline prices. All web sites are operated by GasBuddy and has the most comprehensive listings of gas prices anywhere.
Gasoline prices change frequently and may vary by as much as 20 percent within only a few blocks it is important to be able locate the service station with the lowest priced fuel. GasBuddy web sites allow motorists to share information about low priced fuel with others as well as target the lowest priced stations to save money when filling up at the pumps!
April 11, 2006
CBC Archives (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
CBC Archives (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
On this Website you'll find a selection of radio and television clips from the Archives of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Some of these files have rested quietly at the bottom of our vaults for more than 60 years and are, for the first time, now accessible to the general public.
Some examples are:
Georges Erasmus: Native Rights Crusader
Reports from Abroad: Matthew Halton
Master Storyteller Norman Jewison
The Wrongful Conviction of David Milgaard
Disasters and Tragedies
Solar Temple: A cult gone wrong
The Early Years of the AIDS Crisis
The Wrongful Conviction of David Milgaard
The Halifax Explosion
The Montreal Massacre
Mercury Rising: The Poisoning of Grassy Narrows
The Ice Storm of 1998
McCormick Tribune Foundation Freedom Museum
The McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum seeks to inspire visitors to better understand freedom and value the role the First Amendment plays in protecting freedom for future generations.
Opening April 11, 2006, the Freedom Museum is the nation’s first museum dedicated to helping people - especially teenagers - understand freedom, with a focus on those guaranteed by the First Amendment. The museum offers highly interactive exhibits that engage, excite and encourage visitors to learn, ask questions and seek answers. An emphasis on contemporary issues enables visitors to better understand the role the First Amendment plays in our daily lives. Whether it’s through sampling banned music or learning how Homewood-Flossmoor High School students fought for their First Amendment rights, the museum aims to make freedom and the First Amendment relevant to visitors. The museum was created and funded by the McCormick Tribune Foundation to commemorate its 50th anniversary and continue its commitment to children, communities and country. The museum was also inspired by the passion of the foundation’s benefactor Col. Robert R. McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. An ardent supporter of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, McCormick maintained a strong belief in the responsibility of citizens to participate in, preserve and protect our democratic society.
The Freedom Museum takes interactive exhibits to the next level through strong visuals, compelling stories and active participation in the museum experience. Visitors can express, share and compare their thoughts and opinions through deliberative polls, creating their own Bill of Rights and recording their freedom thoughts for all to see and hear. It is through this participation that dialogue and healthy debate occurs throughout the museum. Balanced and unbiased information allows visitors to come to their own conclusions about freedom. Exhibits present Supreme Court Cases, scenarios and multiple viewpoints that encourage visitors to make choices, determine where they stand on issues and recognize the limits they place on freedom. Overall, the visitor will have the opportunity to explore freedom in ways that are approachable, relevant, engaging and interactive.
Basics of Grant Writing for the Novice
This workshop will be offered April 12, 2006, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. in the Library Lab.
The focus is to help you become aware of resources that are available to help you identify potential funders, identify grant annoucements, and to understand whats needed in writing a successful proposal. This workshop is free and all are welcome; but it will focus on the needs of GSU grant writers. There will be handouts.
Types of funding sources
•GSU Information Resources
•Components of a proposal
•Characteristics of a good proposal
participants will be able to:
Identify types of funding sources
Identify library and internet grant research tools
Describe the components of a typical RFP
Describe how to develop and manage a grants project on campus
Please preregister by contacting Helen Benos firstname.lastname@example.org or calling her at 708-235-7514 (so that we know how many to expect.)
This workshop will be offered during Spring/Summer also if there is enough interest.
Limited Quantity of Library Mugs
There is still time to get a Library Mug. The Library has a limited quantity left. They cost $5.00 and can be purchased at the Reference Desk.
April 10, 2006
Internet Archive: Feature Films
This site provides a collection of movies that are available for downloading. There are currently 32,845 items available, which range from:
Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 48,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and...
UCSF Tobacco Control Archives
The UCSF Tobacco Control Archives Multimedia Collection contains audiotapes and videotapes related to the advertising, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and scientific research of tobacco products as...
In the early 1940s, the United States government commissioned some of the best filmmakers of all time to create propaganda in support of the war effort. The works of the most famous of those...
Film Chest Vintage Cartoons
These classic animated cartoons from the 1930's and 1940's are from the Film Chest collection, a leading source of film and video programming and stock footage. All these cartoons have been...
These represent just a few of the collections available, check out this site to see what else is available.
Today's Workshop is:
The workshop will be from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in room D2401B. Walkins are welcome.
April 07, 2006
Wochenschau-Archive (German Newsreel Archives)
Welcome to the German newsreel archives,
here you can do research amongst the newsreel films free of charge. The online archives are in the process of being set up, and so far 6044 items can be called up. If you are looking for specific excerpts that are not online yet, please let us know. Before you can call up broadband video-streams we need a password. To get one you have to register. Alternatively, you can research all the desired information as our "guest".
PowerPoint Basics Workshop
There is still time to sign up for the PowerPoint Basics Workshop.
It will be Mon., April 10, 2006 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in room D2401B. The workshop is hands on. Contact Helen Benos if you are interested. Email: mailto:email@example.com or call 708-235-7514 to leave a message.
April 06, 2006
Today's workshop is:
Participants will learn how to get the most out of the world's most powerful search engine. The workshop is from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in room D2401B.
Global Data on HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and more
GlobalHealthFacts.org, a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, provides free, up-to-date and easy-to-access data by country on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health and socio-economic indicators. The data are displayed in tables, charts, and color-coded maps and can be downloaded for custom analyses. GlobalHealthFacts.org is a companion site to GlobalHealthReporting.org, a project operated by the Foundation with major support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
April 05, 2006
The Deeping: short stories and novels -- good fiction
Every month, The Deepening publishes a new issue containing the best short stories by premier authors, stories that span every wholesome fiction genre, including: Action-Adventure, Children's, Crime, Detective, Crossover, Fantasy, Graphic Fiction, Historical, Horror, Humor, Literary, Mainstream, Mystery, Paranormal, Psychic, Spiritual, Supernatural, Romance, Science Fiction, Slipstream, Thrillers, Westerns, and Young Adult. Read and review the stories yourself. online with the authors.
Faculty Authors' Reception
Today was the Faculty Authors' Reception. President Fagen, as well as Dean Casey spoke at the reception. This year 21 authors showcased their published materials. There were 40 items on display, ranging from conference proceedings to journal articles to books. About 50 people were in attendance. Good food and good conversation was had by all.
April 04, 2006
Exploratorium Digital Library
The different collections in the library include digital media and digitized museum materials related to interactive exhibits and scientific phenomena, including images, educational activities in PDF and html formats, QuickTime movies, streaming media, and audio files. You may search, select and download digital files for individual, noncommercial educational use.
Today is National Library Workers Day
The following information is from ALA/APA web site:
On January 25, 2003, a resolution was proposed:
That in order to recognize the hard work, dedication, and expertise of library support staff and librarians that the Tuesday of National Library Week be designated National Library Workers Day; and, that on that day, interested library workers, library groups, and libraries should advocate for better compensation for all library workers and, if the day coincides with National Pay Equity Day, these individuals, groups, and libraries should recognize both days together.
Check out the web site and nominate your favorite library worker. Let everyone know how they made a difference.
April 03, 2006
Faculty Author's Reception
Wednesday, April 5th is the Faculty Author's Reception, where we will highlight the published works of about 20 GSU Faculty members. The reception will run from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on the Library Balcony. Check back tomorrow for more information.
FBI Newspaper Articles Archive
Newspaper articles about the FBI tell stories of heroism, deceit, greed and justice. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is America's premiere domestic law enforcement agency. FBI agents have been at the forefront of some of the most notorious criminal investigations in American history. From Al Capone to Bonnie and Clyde, the bureau's early history is filled with stories of the most notorious gangsters in US history.
From the creation of the Bureau in 1908 to the great espionage cases of the 1980s and 90s, newspapers tell the story of the FBI and its agents. From Edward Shanahan, the first agent killed in the line of duty, to the most well known agent, Eliot Ness, newspapers chronicle the stories as they happen. The articles contained in this archive allow you to follow the manhunt for Shanahan's killer Martin Durkin and read accounts of the dramatic trial of Al Capone in Chicago.
The FBI has a long history of bringing criminals to justice, and their cases are often pulled straight from the headlines. Their work is evident in almost every stage in the last 100 years of American history. NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest newspaper database online, has provided a free archive on the history of the FBI. The FBI archive includes stories about some of America's most notorious criminals such as John Dillinger, "Baby Face" Nelson, "Machine Gun" Kelly and Pretty Boy Floyd. You will also find thrilling accounts of Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames. Click on the timeline above to view newspapers in chronological order or begin searching the newspaper pages with your own key words.
We are also highlighting another newspaper archive: The September 11 Newspaper Archive.
Newspaper articles about the attacks of September 11, 2001, tell a story of shock, grief, anger and determination. From the moment American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:36 AM, to the collapse of World Trade Center Tower 7 some nine hours later, Americans knew that the world had changed. The attacks of September 11 were the first on US soil in 60 years and newspaper reports tell of their effect on every facet of American society.
Those old enough to have witnessed the event will never forget the images from that day and many of those images are forever preserved on the newspaper pages contained within the September 11 archive. From the picture of Flight 175 moments before it flew into the south tower, to the eventual collapse of the twin towers, the stories and images found in the archive ensure that history will never forget the events of that tragic day.
The attacks of September 11, 2001 made headlines all over the world. Artifacts from the World Trade Center have made their way around the country in moving exhibits and plans have been made to erect a more permanent memorial at Ground Zero. NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest newspaper database online, has provided a free archive on the history of the September 11 attacks with thousands of original newspaper articles. The September 11 archive includes stories on the World Trade Center's construction, as well as its destruction. You will find articles on 9/11 heroes such as Todd Beamer, Amy Sweeney, Jeremy Glick and Tom Burnett, as well as Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Click on the timeline above to view newspapers in chronological order or begin searching the newspaper pages with your own key words.
Workshops being offered this week are:
Thur., April 6, 2006
Getting the most out of the world's most powerful search engine.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. D2401B
It's not to late, there is still time to sign up. Contact Helen Benos at: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org