May 31, 2006
Derek Abbott's Animal Noise Page
Have you ever wondered how to mimic a cat meowing in French or Russian? How about a frog? If you have, here is the web site for you: Derek Abbott’s Animal Noise Page. This is what he has to say about his list: “In different languages what do we say to mimic animal sounds? Below is the world's biggest multilingual list. A guiding principle behind this list is to visualise a comic book, in your language, and imagine what would be written in the text balloon coming from the mouth of an animal. For languages that use a different alphabet, I have tried to transliterate the word into the English alphabet for ease of comparison. A forward slash is used to separate alternative words.”
Dr. Derek Abbott is the Director of the Centre for Biomedical Engineering at the The University of Adelaide.
Our first workshop of the Spring/Summer Trimester (PowerPoint Basics) will be Tuesday, June 6th. The workshop will be from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Room D2401B. Sign up now by contacting Helen Benos: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 708-235-7514.
May 30, 2006
Current List of Workshops Now Available
The Spring/Summer Workshop schedule has been updated.
New workshops being offered:
Navigating the Library Web Site
Contact email@example.com to sign up.
Congress votes database
From the WashingtonPost.com: "This site, washingtonpost.com's U.S. Congress Votes Database, is a deep database of every vote in the United States Congress since the 102nd Congress (1991). It lets you browse votes in a variety of ways -- both in aggregate and for individual members of Congress.
Browse the database by drilling down to a particular Congress (e.g. 109th Congress) or particular member (e.g. 109th Congress senators).
This site publishes an RSS feed of recent votes by each member of Congress, and a feed of the most recent votes in both chambers. See the RSS page for full details.
This site is generally updated every day, although there is a delay between a vote in Congress and its appearance on the official Congress Web sites."
Music from TV Commericals
Have you ever wanted to know who performed a commercial jingle? Who composed the jingle? Than Songtitle.Info: Music from TV Commercials (North American broadcasts)is for you. Some listing go back to 1996. Here is an example of what you will find:
Company CM Spot Artist/Composer Song(Click to Sample!)
Barilla Various Andrea Bocelli Mille Lune Mille Onde
Dodge Durango Timo Maas Born to Be Alive
Kia Boyfriend Tom Tom Club Genius of Love
GEICO Various Dan Hill Sometimes When We Touch
May 26, 2006
Back to School at 50 by Michael Cahlin
Terry found this article on MSN Encarta about returning students. Here is an excerpt:
"“Youth,” observed Irish writer George Bernard Shaw, “is wasted on the young.” To that I’d add, so is education. If you’re thinking about returning to school and are worried about being too old, or questioning your study-skills stamina, lose that excuse right now. According a 2004 report from the National Center for Education Statistics, there were 3.2 million adults age 35 and over enrolled in degree-granting, postsecondary institutions."
All about Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters, by Anthony Bruno
From courtTV Crime Library:
On July 30, 1975, former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa stood outside the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, impatiently scanning the parking lot. The man who had made the Teamsters the most formidable labor union in the country was already angry. It was quarter after two in the afternoon, and the men he was supposed to be meeting for lunch hadn’t arrived yet. Hoffa was a stickler for punctuality, and it was his understanding that they were to meet at 2:00.
$1.00 a bag
Right now the you can fill a bag with books for $1.00. The book sale carts are located next to the Reference Desk. There are bags available. Take advantage now, this sale will not last long.
The Library will be closed Saturday, May 27th, 2006 - Monday, May 29th, 2006.
May 25, 2006
Financial Bubbles - Historical Returns
From the Harvard Business School:
"Financial Bubbles, capsule one in the Historical Returns series, explores some of the extraordinary similarities between the South Sea Bubble of 1720 and the recent technology bubble. These similarities beg the question—what and how do we learn from the past? The purpose of this capsule is to encourage the exploration of these similarities as a catalyst to thought about choices and behavior in bubble cycles."
Library Closed Memorial Day Weekend
The library will be closed Saturday, May 27th, 2006 - Monday, May 29th, 2006.
COOL: College Opportunities Online Locator
Found on the ResourceShelf website:
From press release: "NCES announces the release of a new version of the College Opportunities Online Locator (COOL) website, a consumer information tool for students, parents, high school counselors, and others interested in postsecondary education in the United States. The site allows users to see and compare profiles of nearly 7,000 colleges and universities throughout the nation. Users can search by location, program or major, and a variety of institutional characteristics to identify postsecondary institutions that fit their preferences. In addition, up to four institutions can be compared side-by-side on areas including:
- Estimated student expenses;
- Financial aid availability;
- Admissions information;
- Enrollment details;
- Retention and graduation rates; and,
- Awards and degrees.
Links to institution websites as well as to additional information about campus security, federal student loan default rates, and accreditation are also provided."
May 24, 2006
Cost Analyses of Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
From the Congressional Budget Office:
"CBO's studies of the long-term implications of current defense plans also contain estimates of the costs of military operations and other activities associated with the global war on terrorism, as do alternative budget scenarios in Chapter 1 of CBO's The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2007 to 2016. (In addition, for a scenario presented in Table 1-4, CBO provides supplemental information on the underlying assumptions.)
The Long-Term Implications of Current Defense Plans and Alternatives:
Summary Update for Fiscal Year 2006, October 2005
Detailed Update for Fiscal Year 2006, January 2006"
May 23, 2006
Elections around the World 2006
Elections around the World 2006
E-Brief: Online Only issued 22 May 2006
Adrienne Blunt, Information/E-links
Politics and Public Administration Section
"This electronic brief provides links to web-based information and full-text articles relevant to selected countries having national elections in 2006.
The electronic brief will cover all elections held in the Pacific region, but coverage will be selective for Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Elections may be presidential or parliamentary (legislative). It will also cover elections that are regionally significant.
The country information is brief. Information covered includes the date and type of election; the number of registered voters; the party in power (where applicable); the type of government; whether voting is compulsory; some key issues; the main players; commentary as the elections unfold; and results when known."
May 22, 2006
Video Search - 1000s of Video Clips - Search for video
Search for Video - the search site that aggregates video content from a large number of sources has added new video clips from Discovery Networks. Of course the the clips can be searched (using metadata associated with each entry) but it's now also possible to browse clips by program and/or network.
May 20, 2006
NCBI HomePage - National Center for Biotechnology Information
"Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information - all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease."
Tutorials for using NCBI were created by Dr.Pete Kirlew at Virginia Commonwealth University :
Finding Information about a Gene by Dr. Pete Kirlew (Screencast)
"This video tutorial (47 seconds) provides basic instructions for using NCBI's Entrez Gene resource to find information about a specific gene."
Finding Gene Sequences by Dr. Pete Kirlew (screencast tutorial)
"This tutorial (1 minute 45 seconds) describes how to locate the genomic DNA, mRNA, and protein (amino acid) sequences for a specific gene, using NCBI's Entrez Gene resource."
Finding Gene Exons and Introns by Dr. Pete Kirlew (screencast tutorial)
"This tutorial (50 seconds) describes how to locate intron and exon sequence information for a specific gene, using the gene table feature of NCBI's Entrez Gene resource."
Gene Maps and the Promoter Region by Dr. Pete Kirlew (screencast tutorial)
This tutorial (2 minutes 59 seconds) describes how to use NCBI's gene Map Viewer resource to access the promoter region of a gene.
Finding Protein Domain Information by Dr. Pete Kirlew (screencast tutorial)
This tutorial (2 minutes 30 seconds) describes how to find conserved domain information. Conserved domains contain conserved amino acid sequence patterns, and correlate to protein stucture and function. Organism information is included in the domain records.
May 19, 2006
Did you ever try to get hold of a live human customer service rep and couldn't do it? The gethuman database tells you what to do to speak to a live human for companies in the following areas:
credit, finance, government, hardware, insurance, internet, mobile, pharmacy, products, shipping, software, stores, telco, travel, and tv/satellite utilities
Some of the companies are:
Bank of America
Bank of America (ATM)
Barnes & Noble.com
Northern Illinois Gas
May 18, 2006
Exploratorium: Digital Library
"Welcome to the Exploratorium's 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. Large scale or commercial use is strictly prohibited without permission (please see our Use Policy)."
"Housed within the walls of San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium is a collage of hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. The Exploratorium is a leader in the movement to promote museums as informal education centers."
The Digital Library includes:
Microscope Imaging Station
Math Explorer Activity Database
A treasure trove of the largest collection of digital assets from across the Exploratorium.
A searchable collection of resources and activities for K–12 learners and educators, also found in the National Science Digital Library (NSDL).
May 17, 2006
This information about Google Notebook was posted on Official Google Blog by Bay-Wei Chang, Senior Research Scientist
"Search is all about finding the answers you need. Unfortunately, some kinds of questions--like where you should stay and what you should do on your Hawaiian vacation, or what kind of digital camera you should buy, or what the latest treatments for arthritis are--can't always be answered in one sitting, or by visiting one site.
That's why we built Google Notebook--to give you an online "notebook" where you can organize all your research, add personal notes to it, and share it with others. Google Notebook surfs along quietly with you as you browse, letting you clip and annotate whatever text, images, and links that help answer your question, all without ever leaving the webpage you're on."
Overview of MSR MapCruncher according to MicroSoft:
"Have you ever looked at satellite photos of a building in Virtual Earth -- and wished you could zoom right in and see its floorplan? Have you ever used VE to plan a trip across town -- and wanted to seamlessly switch from its road maps to maps of bicycle trails, bus routes, or carpool lanes? Have you ever wanted to create and publish your own map mashups -- and wished you had a tool to make it easy to integrate a map you care about into Virtual Earth? Microsoft Research has made this a reality!
The Virtual Earth API allows web developers to supplement Virtual Earth's maps with pushpins and lines. MapCruncher brings mashups to a whole new level by allowing developers to import entire maps to supplement the existing road and aerial imagery with detailed, application-specific information. The possibilities are endless: bicycle maps, transit maps, national park maps, university maps, antique city maps, or whatever scale maps you personally find interesting. See our Gallery."
Congratulate Helen on her new position as Library Operations Associate, Reference Manager.
May 16, 2006
Business 2.0: 101 Dumbest Moments in Business
"10 dumbest moments: Grand-prize winners
From notorious former mental institutions being converted into high-end condos, to candy bars with curious names, see the top examples of shenanigans, skullduggery, and just plain stupidity of the year."
Full list: 101 dumbest moments
"Our list of the most boneheaded blunders, plus the dumbest moments in… (more)"
"Smart list: And the winners are…
Our picks for the brainiest businesses and businesspeople of the year."
May 15, 2006
MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base (TKB)
"The MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base (TKB) is the one-stop resource for comprehensive research and analysis on global terrorist incidents, terrorism-related court cases, and terrorist groups and leaders. TKB covers the history, affiliations, locations, and tactics of terrorist groups operating across the world, with over 35 years of terrorism incident data and hundreds of group and leader profiles and trials. TKB also features interactive maps, statistical summaries, and analytical tools that can create custom graphs and tables.
Providing in-depth information for researchers, policymakers, emergency responders, and the general public, the Terrorism Knowledge Base integrates data from the RAND Terrorism Chronology and RAND-MIPT Terrorism Incident databases; the Terrorism Indictment database; and DFI International's research on terrorist organizations."
May 12, 2006
china.org.cn - China's Official Gateway to News & Information
English version of china.org.cn
People's Daily Online -- Home
"With publication started in June 1948 and a current circulation of 3 million, People's Daily is the most influential and authoritative newspaper in China. According to UNESCO, it takes its place among the world top 10.
People's Daily brings you the latest news dispatches of policy information and resolutions of the Chinese Government and major domestic news and international news releases from China. It reflects the views of the Chinese people, expounds on justice and lambasts various forms of malpractice."
China Daily Website - Connecting China Connecting the World
About China Daily
"China Daily, established in 1981, is the only national English-language newspaper in China. The average daily circulation is more than 200,000, one-third of which is abroad in more than 150 countries and regions."
Chinanews news center
The Voice of China (in English) - www.Chinanews.cn Sponsored by China News Service.
May 11, 2006
Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL)
Governors State University now offers one-click access to the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL). The HSDL is the nation's most authoritative tool for research in the field of homeland security policy and strategy. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Grants & Training is providing the HSDL to homeland security officials, researchers, educators and students in an effort to further advance national research and policy development.
To access the library, simply type www.hsdl.org into your internet browser window, and you'll be automatically logged into this useful tool.
If you have questions, feedback, or suggestions for the HSDL email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (831) 656-2005. Please go to www.chds.us for information on other educational programs sponsored by DHS and the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Homeland Security Filer (PDF)Download file
May 10, 2006
U.S. - China Trade
U.S.-China Trade: Challenges and Choices to Apply Countervailing Duties to China, by Loren Yager, director, international affairs and trade, before the U.S.-China Economic Security Review Commission. GAO-06-608T, April 4. Highlights
New, China's Growing Demand for Oil and Its Impact on U.S. Petroleum Markets, April 2006
From the Congressional Budget Office.
The Global Energy Center: Red Light, Green Light: Exploration & Production - Going Global
Source: Ernst & Young
Red Light, Green Light: Exploration & Production – Going Global
"To identify areas of opportunity and challenge, the Energy Center polled Ernst & Young professionals in Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to rate those countries’ readiness for investment by U.S. energy companies. All 10 countries are hot prospects for energy investment. But each country has its own dynamics and complexities, signaling smart investors to perform varying levels of risk assessments and due diligence."
Red Light, Green Light: In-Country Detail (PDF; 45K)
World Map and Stoplight Graphics (PDF; 184K)
Japan-China Relations: Four Fallacies Masquerading as Common Sense
Source: MIT Center for International Studies
Japan-China Relations: Four Fallacies Masquerading as Common Sense (PDF; 575 KB)
"To gain insight into the future of the Sino-Japanese relationship, we need to clear up the misconceptions, misunderstandings, and errors that beset the two countries’ relations and take an intellectual scalpel to their source. Some of the errors are related to the way people think about or perceive themselves, while others stem from the thinking or attitudes of the other party; still others are linked to the history of Japan-China relations. Here, in four questions and answers, are errors currently regarded as virtually self-evident truths."
May 09, 2006
Syllabi from the GSU Colleges
This is not a complete list. I was unable to find syllabi for the College of Business and Public Administration, and the College of Health Professions. If you find links for any syllabi that are missing send me the link at: email@example.com and I will update the list. Here is a list of the syllabi that I was able to locate:
BBED - Bilingual Bicultural Education
COUN - Counseling
EDAD - Educational Administration
EDCP - Educational Computing
EDPD - Education - Professional Development
EDUC - Education
ELED - Elementary Education
Political and Justice Studies
PSYC - Psychology
READ - Reading
SPED - Special Education
OTHER - Other syllabi (College of Education)
Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2006 Report
"Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2006 National Report draws on reliable data and relevant research to provide a comprehensive and insightful view of juvenile crime across the nation. The Report offers Congress, state legislators and other state and local policymakers, professors and teachers, juvenile justice professionals, and concerned citizens empirically based answers to frequently asked questions about the nature of juvenile crime and victimization and about the justice system's response."
The report is divided into the following chapters:
Chapter 1: Juvenile Population Characteristics
Chapter 2: Juvenile Victims
Chapter 3: Juvenile Offenders
Chapter 4: Juvenile Justice System Structure & Process
Chapter 5: Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Chapter 6: Juvenile Offenders in Court
Chapter 7: Juvenile Offenders in Correctional Facilities
May 08, 2006
Welcome to the Library
Here is some general information about the Library:
Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The workshop schedule is being set up and the schedule will soon be available. Keep checking the workshop page.
There is a book sale taking place in the Library. For a limited time the prices are:
Amy has written up an FYI for checking out Telecourse Tapes. Thank you Amy. Here they are:
1. Students are restricted to one tape per course.
2. Tapes are checked out for 7 days.
3. There is a $5.00 a day late fine.
4. Do not return tapes in any of the outside book drops - to avoid the possibility of damage which would incur a $35.00 replacement cost.
5. The Library keeps an in house set that can be viewed anytime in the library media room.
6. The first couple of weeks of the trimester tapes are more likely to be checked out.
7. The Library doesn't put holds or reserve the tapes, so it's first come, first serve.
According to PCWorld.com:
"Creating a PDF file doesn't have to be a difficult, time-consuming process. PDF Creator is a printer driver that lets you create Adobe Acrobat files from within most Windows applications.
Once PDF Creator is installed, you can use it from within your applications. If you are working in Microsoft Word, for example, you select "Print" and then choose PDF Creator as your printer. We found it to offer a wide range of options for controlling the output, and it even creates password protected PDF files, so you can limit users' ability to print, copy, or modify the documents."
May 05, 2006
Windows Live Local
Have an address or the name of a business and need a map? Try Windows Local Live. I tried a couple of different business names, it didn't find the new business, but it did find the businesses that have been around for a while. Once it located my business, I had the option of:
Details - address, phone number, specialty and map to print
Add to Scratch Pad - adds a number to the map and saves it so you call it up again.
Zoom to street level - detailed street map
Drive From or Drive To - driving directions
Permalink - it will create a permanent link to that search. You can go back to it anytime you wish or email to other people. I bookmarked it and went right back to the map. It kept my search, this is great if you need to send a map to someone.
E-mail a Friend
Half Price Sale
Starting Monday, May 8th and running through May 26th all book sale items will be 1/2 price. That means:
May 04, 2006
Citizens Against Government Waste: pigbookintro
Are you interested in the Federal Government's pork-barrel projects? Are you interested in the states' pork-barrel projects? Then this is the website for you. It's provided by CAGW: a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization.
They publish the yearly Congressional Pig Book Summary. They have a complete Pork Database from 1995 - 2006 and historical trends. They also keep track of other subjects beside pork-barrel projects. Here are a few of the other topics:
Agriculture & Food
Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac
May 03, 2006
Worlde Book Fair coming soon
This is usually a fee based site, however it will be free from July 4, 2006 - August 4, 2006.
Description of the site:
Here are eBooks from nearly every classic author on the varieties of subjects only previously available through the largest library collections in the world. Now these books are yours for the taking, free of charge, to keep for the rest of your lives. This event is brought to you by the oldest and largest free eBook source on the Internet, Project Gutenberg, with the assistance of The World eBook Library, the providers of the largest collection, and a number of other eBook efforts around the world. The World eBook Library normally charges $8.95 per year for their online collection, and allows unlimited permanent downloading. During The World eBook Fair all these books are available free of charge through a gateway at http://www.gutenberg.org
What is an eBook?
An eBook, short for electronic book, is any type of book that has been made into an electronic edition and distributed in a digital format. Our collection of full-length eBooks includes thousands of classic works of literature, serials, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference works.
Don't forget, the Library is still on Trimester Break. That means we are open 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. No weekends. We resume normal hours, Monday, May 8th with the exception of no Sundays.
May 02, 2006
Guestworker Programs, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) - U.S. Department of Labor
This site discusses the Guestworker Program, Hiring Foreign Workers. It covers the Fair Labor Certification Overview.
Search Organized Crime and Bibliographic Database
This is the work of NathansonCentre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption. "The Centre, based at Osgoode Hall Law School, draws on the expertise of leading faculty in Law and related disciplines at York University. The Nathanson Graduate fellowships support graduate students associated with its research programme. The Centre is linked to other international research institutes and to experts in government agencies, police forces, law practices, business and finance institutions, accountancy, forensic investigation, and non-governmental organizations."
They provide a quarterly summary of organized crime in Canada as well as well as Organized Crime Web links. Some of the Crime links are:
Organized Crime "Genres"
Asian Organized Crime Asian
Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
Organized Crime Enforcement
Organized Crime Enforcement (General)
National Organized Crime Enforcement
On-line Crime Reporting
The Nexus Between Organized Crime and Terrorism
Measuring the Scope and Impact of Organized Crime
May 01, 2006
Workshops that are being Planned
We are in the planning stage for the summer workshop schedule. Keep checking the workshop page to see what is going to be offered. Some workshops in that are in the planning stages are:
Navigating the Library Website
What are Blogs?
For more information, contact:
Project on Extrajudicial Executions
Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
New York University School of Law
About the Project on Extrajudicial Executions
The Project on Extrajudicial Executions was established to provide rigorous analysis of international law protecting the right to life and to support the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Philip Alston, in carrying out his mandate. The Project is directed by William Abresch. Current areas of research include:
The use and abuse of commissions of inquiry in investigating unlawful killings. Many states routinely establish commissions of inquiry when people are killed due to the acts or omissions of government agents. Sometimes these commissions lead to accountability and change, but too often they perpetuate impunity and delay institutional reform. The Project is conducting research on the proper role of commissions of inquiry in protecting the right to life.
The legal limits to capital punishment. At least 154 states have adopted as a binding legal standard that the “sentence of death may be imposed only for the most serious crimes.” (Article 6(1) of the ICCPR). The Project is engaged in clarifying this standard.
Transparency regarding the use of capital punishment. In a considerable number of countries information regarding the death penalty is cloaked in secrecy. This both undermines human rights safeguards and prevents any informed public debate about capital punishment within the society. The Project has supported the Special Rapporteur’s efforts to have every country that uses capital punishment undertake full and accurate reporting of all instances thereof on at least an annual basis.
Regulating lethal force in armed conflicts and counter-terrorism. There are a number of legal instruments regulating the use of lethal force during armed conflicts. These include, for example, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Geneva Conventions. The range of applicable rules has sometimes led to confusion as well as to cynically legalistic attempts to place killings outside of any legal framework. The Project is analyzing how these legal regimes apply to the concrete situations in which the right to life is at risk.