June 30, 2006
The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation
Have you ever been curious about straws, especially who came up with the idea of the flexible straw? How about the story behind disposable diapers? Or what's the history of the Yo Yo? Wonder no more, the Lemelson Center has the answers for you. They have those stories plus more. They also have virtual exhibits that cover the following:
Inventing Ourselves »
Learn how invention has enhanced human performance from peg legs to artificial hearts.
Doodles, Drafts, and Designs »
Explore industrial drawings that document inventors' thoughts, organization, work, and production.
Nobel Voices »
Discover the human stories and creativity behind the Nobel Prize in this virtual exhibit.
Innovative Lives »
Meet inventors and middle school students from our "Innovative Lives" programs.
Edison Invents »
Find out about Edison's life and
inventions through our interactive game--then make your own light bulb!
Inventing the Electric Guitar »
Visit the virtual version of the Center's popular exhibit, From Frying Pan to Flying V: The Rise of the Electric Guitar.
The Quartz Watch »
Learn how a watch works while discovering the fascinating stories behind the invention of the quartz watch.
Whole Cloth »
Delve into this rich interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates science, technology, and invention with women's, African American, and labor history.
June 29, 2006
Sun-Times Web goes mobile
Sun-Times Web goes mobile
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Page 66, Column 1
The Sun-Tiems News Group's Web site, www.suntimes.com, can now be accessed on mobile devices, the company announced Wednesday. The Web site content is available in a format designed to be read on smaller screens for all Web-enable cell phones and handheld data devices.
What are Blogs and RSS Feeds?
There is still time to sign up for tomorrow’s workshop. You will learn how to find Blogs, keep track of the Blogs you want to track and how to subscribe to RSS Feeds. Walk-ins always welcome. To sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-235-7514.
June 28, 2006
SMEALSearch: An academic business search engine and digital library
From the SMEALSearch website:
SMEALSearch is a publicly available vertical digital library and search engine hosted at Penn State's Smeal College of Business that focuses on academic business documents. SmealSearch crawls the web and harvests, catalogs, and indexes academic business documents. It is based on the computer and information science engine, CiteSeer.IST, initially developed at NEC Research Institute by Kurt Bollacker, Lee Giles and Steve Lawrence and now hosted at Penn State. The search engine crawls websites of academia, commerce, research institutes, government agencies, etc. for academic business documents, including published articles, working papers, white papers, consulting reports, etc. For certain documents, SmealSearch only indexes and stores the hyperlinks to those documents. SMEALSearch attempts to generate a citation analysis for all the academic articles harvested and ranks them in order of their citation rates (the most cited articles are listed first) similar to the ranking of CiteSeer and the Google Scholar.
SMEALSearch has many unique features: Automatically gathers and indexes specific information such as author, title, abstract, and citations. Performs keyword searches on the full content of all documents in the database. Uses citation analysis to identify the most influential articles. Keeps up to date by actively crawling and accepting article submissions from users.
June 27, 2006
Public Records Free Directory
Collection of links to U.S. federal and state "real and personal property records, recorded documents, jail and inmate records, sex offender records, wanted persons records, and many more free public records." Links are organized by state and county and are searchable by ZIP code or city. Also includes links to news about public records. From a company that provides witness location and skip tracing services.
What are Blogs and RSS Feeds?
This Friday we will be offering the following workshop:
What are Blogs and RSS Feeds?
This workshop is very much hands-on. In this workshop we will explain what Blogs and RSS Feeds are. You will look at different Blogs and search for Blogs on particular topics. You will set up an account with Bloglines and subscribe to different Blogs.
You will learn how to find RSS feeds for newspapers and online news, such as ABC News Online. You can even subscribe to newspaper comic strips.
Walk-ins are welcome.
June 24, 2006
The Duck Tape Club
Do you have a child that is going to be a junior or senior in high school next year? Are you looking for scholarship money? Go to the Duck Tape Club website. Every year they have a contest for students going to prom. All the couple has to do is make their outfits out of duct tape. They award money for the top 3 places. For more information go to: The Duck Tape Club. Take a look at this years entries and the past years winners.
They are also going to have a Halloween Contest. Start making those Halloween costumes now.
Using your GPS unit and/or written directions provided by NGS, which are available for review by the public, you can seek out NGS survey markers and other items that have been marked in the USA.
At the top of peaks or in a village square, you probably walk by at least one every day.
In the last 7 days, 723 benchmarks have been logged by 317 users. Overall, 81569 benchmarks have been recovered in 113116 logs. There are 736425 total benchmarks in the database.
Besides Benchmark hunting you can also place your own cache or hunt for caches placed by other people. It is sort of like hunting for buried treasure. I found out about this from my cousin, he has hidden some caches as well as goes hunting for them.
Anther game (for the lack of a better word) is the Groundspeak Travel Bug.
Here is some information from the home page:
What is a Groundspeak Travel Bug?
Simply put, a Groundspeak Travel Bug is a trackable tag that you attach to an item. This allows you to track your item on Geocaching.com. The item becomes a hitchhiker that is carried from cache to cache (or person to person) in the real world and you can follow its progress online.
What does a Travel Bug do?
It's really up to the owner of the bug to give it whatever task they desire. Or no task at all. The fun of a travel bug is inventing new goals for the Travel Bug to achieve. One Bug's goal may be to reach a specific country, or travel to 10 countries.
Check out the the Geocaching Home Page. Have fun and let us know if you find anything near Governors State.
June 23, 2006
IBISEYE.com - Your Hurricane Information Center
IBISEYE.com - Your Hurricane Information Center
This site uses Google Maps technology to track hurricanes and other severe weather in Florida. View storm paths, weather alerts, and neighborhood damage reports (active only during a storm). Includes weather news and storm tracks from past hurricanes back to the 1800s. Also includes a detailed help section with notes on future plans for the website.
June 22, 2006
APA Workshops Today
Today we have back to back workshops for formatting APA Papers and citing resources APA Style.
Formatting Papers APA Style
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. D2401B
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. D2401B
NatureServe Explorer: an Online Encyclopedia of Life
It is very easy to use. You can search by Plants/Animals, scientific or common name. You will get a list of hits that match your criteria. You can then choose the plant/animal from the list that was generated. You will have a choice of several different reports: = Summary = Distribution = Status = Image = Comprehensive
You can also search Ecological Communities & Systems. You can search by Systems, Associations or Alliances. With this search you have the Available Reports: = Image = Comprehensive.
June 20, 2006
College life, powered by Google
According to the Google WebSite:
You spend your life dealing with information. A lot of it is academic, a lot more is personal, it all matters, and you can probably use better tools for handling it effectively. On this page, we’d like to introduce you to a few of them.
To check out the Google website click here.
Basics of Grant Writing
Today's workshop is:
Basics of Grant Writing
Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
June 16, 2006
The Wall Street Journal Cartoon Collection - Baker Library
A Brief History of "Pepper...and Salt" Drawn from text written by Robert L. Bartley, former editor of The Wall Street Journal.
When the cat's away, the editors will play.
That's what happened at The Wall Street Journal in 1950. While Journal editor and resident curmudgeon William Henry Grimes was away in Europe, other editors, with the blessing of the CEO, took it upon themselves to start publishing a daily cartoon as part of an overall redesign of the editorial page.
Mr. Grimes returned from his Grand Tour in a fury, complaining about the "goddamn picture page." But the readers loved it, and the cartoon remains a favorite with Journal readers today. It appears under the heading "Pepper ... and Salt", a logo first used in the paper in 1915 as a header for timely quotes and quips drawn from other papers. The first daily "Pepper...and Salt" cartoon appeared on June 6, 1950.
The cartoon feature was the brainchild of a student named Charles Preston, who worked his way through Columbia University in the late 1940s writing gags for cartoonists and radio shows and supplying jokes to punch up Broadway plays. In 1950, he approached The Wall Street Journal with the idea of running a daily cartoon on business themes in the paper's editorial pages. More than a half century later, Mr. Preston is still the editor of "Pepper...and Salt".
"When editorial page editor Vermont Royster assigned me to edit the "Pepper...and Salt" column," Mr. Preston says, "he observed that there was more than enough earnest gravity on the editorial page. My mission was to provide a smattering of condiment for the weighty discourse in the adjacent columns."
From the beginning, "Pepper...and Salt" has poked fun at the world of business. Along the way, the cartoons have provided a timely chronicle of more than fifty years of American business and social history. Pony-tailed executives, online trading, and cell phones are all grist for the satirist's mill today—just as tailfins, protests, and long hair were in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
"Pepper ... and Salt" is unique among newspaper cartoons in that it isn't drawn by one cartoonist. Charles Preston receives about 1,000 submissions a week for three available slots, though a stable of thirty or so provides the lion's share of the cartoons.
Library ID Numbers & WebCT ID Numbers
While we are undergoing the Library Catalog Software upgrade we will be unable to look up ID Numbers. However, this said:
Your WebCT ID Number is the Same as your Student ID Number
Your GSU Library ID Number is: 21611000 + your Student ID Number.
Example: Student ID Number: 111111
Library ID Number: 21611000111111
If you Student ID Number is less than 6 digits, you will need to add extra zero's before your Student ID Number.
Example: Student ID Number is: 11111
Library ID Number: 21611000011111
Example: Student ID Number is: 1111
Library ID Number: 21611000001111
If you have any questions, call the Reference Desk at: 708-534-4111.
June 15, 2006
Google U.S. Government Search
Google has launched a new service: Google U.S. Government Search.
About Google U.S. Government Search:
Google U.S. Government Search offers a single location for searching across U.S. government information, and for keeping up to date on government news. You can choose to search for content located on either U.S. federal, state and local government websites or the entire Web -- from the same search box. Below the search box, the homepage includes government-specific news content from both government agencies and press outlets. You can personalize the page by adding content feeds on government or other topics that you're interested in.
Tomorrows workshop is APA Citations Friday, June 16th, 2006
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. D2401B. There is plenty of space available.
June 14, 2006
Library Catalog Software Upgrade
Phase 2 of the software upgrade is in effect. The Library Catalog will be unavailable until Thursday, June 15, 2006. After the library catalog comes back up it will not reflect any changes from that point on. It will not reflect anything being checked out. Also once a book is returned it will not be available for checkout until the upgrade is done. This also applies to videotapes (this does not refer to telecourse tapes, reserve items or reference tapes), books on tapes and cd's. For more information call: 708-534-4111 or 708-534-4112.
Don't forget the APA Citations workshop is: Friday, June 16th, 2006 APA Citations 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. D2401B.
There are many spaces still available. Register by email email@example.com or at the Reference Desk. Walk-ins welcome.
The EDGAR Database has added some new features.
Full Text Search (Beta Version)
Search the full text of filings from the last two years.
Find Mutual Funds and associated filings for new filings with series and class identifiers (filings since Feb. 6, 2006)
Variable Insurance Products
Find Variable Insurance Products and associated filings for new filings with series and class/contract name (filings since Feb. 6, 2006)
June 13, 2006
Library Catalog Upgrade
Starting tomorrow June 14th, the library catalog will not be updated. It will not reflect any books that are checked out or returned. You will also not be able to use the My ACCOUNT feature. It will not show anything checked out or returned. The Journal Databases will not be affected. This will last until the beginning of July. If you have any questions, call 708-534-4111.
Google Scholar is now indexing the ERIC database. If you go to http://www.scholar.google.com you can search for Eric documents and journal articles. If you find an Eric document, when you click on the title you will automatically be taken to ERIC - Education Resources Information Center. If the document is available you will be able to download immediately. If GSU owns or has a particular Eric journal you will see the following link: Find It @ GSU . All you have to do is click on the link and you will see in which database the article is available in full text. If you are off campus you will need to login with your GSU Library ID Number and your password.
June 12, 2006
Library Catalog Upgrade
Just a reminder, the Library Catalog will be frozen as of June 14th. It will not be updated until the upgrade is finished in early July. It will not reflect anything that gets checked out after June 14th. Any questions, call 708-534-4111.
This weeks workshop is APA Citation. It will be held Friday, June 16th from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in D2401B. Signup by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Deutschland 2006 [World Cup]
Official German government site about the 2006 World Cup international soccer matches, which take place in Germany in June and July 2006. Includes news, a short list of German soccer (football) terms, an online quiz and game, and details about the host country and host cities. Available in several languages. From the German Press and Information Office.
June 09, 2006
Library Catalog Upgrade
The Library Catalog Upgrade is proceeding according to schedule. See the attached word document for the a timeline and details about what to expect durning the upgrade.
Studentjobs.gov: Building America's Future
Studentjobs.gov provides information on Federal Government job opportunities. There is no charge for using Studentjobs.gov and users are not required to pre-register to look for a job.
Federal government employment opportunities for high school and college students. Search options include employment type (for example, summer employment or internship), geographic location, and salary. Includes profiles of government agencies with job listings in the database, as well as links to agencies that aren't required to post listings in the database. Also offers options to create a profile to receive job matches by e-mail, submit a resume or get noticed by potential employers.
According to the Purplemath website:
Need help with algebra? You've found the right place!
Lessons: "How do you really do this stuff?" -- Purplemath's algebra lessons are written with the student in mind. These lessons emphasize the practicalities rather than the technicalities, demonstrating dependable techniques, warning of likely "trick" questions, and pointing out common mistakes. The lessons are cross-referenced to help you find related material.
Site Reviews: -- Tired of looking through page after page of search-engine hits trying to find a site that might have something useful? These categorized Internet links have all been reviewed by Purplemath.
Free Online Tutoring and Lessons Quizzes and Worksheets Software and Solvers Other Useful Sites and Services
Only those sites with something immediately useful (and free) for algebra students are listed. You won't find math jokes, biographies, or recreational math sites here. Instead, check these review for sites containing graph paper, calculator help, worksheets, articles on "how math is used in real life", and more.
June 08, 2006
From the United States National Library of Medicine Tox Town Fact Sheet:
Tox Town (http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov) is an interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances, your health, and the environment. Tox Town helps users explore a Town, City, Farm, or US-Mexico Border community to identify common environmental hazards.
Each neighborhood is toured by selecting “Location” or “Chemical” links. For example, a user can click on the hospital in the City scene for a list of chemicals that might be found in a hospital and a list of resources about environmental concerns for hospital patients and staff. Or a user can click on a chemical, like mercury, to see where it might be found in a neighborhood and to learn more about it. Cutaway views give an inside look at the school, a home, and other buildings for more detail.
Tox Town uses color, graphics, sounds, and animation to convey connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public's health. It is designed to provide:
Facts on everyday locations where toxic chemicals might be found
Information about how the environment can affect human health
Non-technical descriptions of chemicals
Links to authoritative chemical information on the Internet
Internet resources on environmental health topics.
Tox Town also offers some resources en español (http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol/).
Tox Town is recommended for high school and college students, educators, and the concerned public. It is a companion to the extensive information in the TOXNET® collection of databases that are typically used by toxicologists and health professionals.
Tox Town's chemical and environmental information comes from the TOXNET, MedlinePlus® and MedlinePlus en español® resources of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and other authoritative sources. Chemical descriptions are based on TOXNET and other resources and are reviewed by NLM toxicology staff. Tox Town is accredited by the Health on the Net Foundation (HON).
Tox Town is a project of the Specialized Information Services Division of the NLM and is part of its mission to address the toxicology and environmental health information needs of the general public. NLM plans to expand Tox Town to include more chemicals and new locations, such as an Arctic community and a port region.
From the United States National Library of Medicine:
ToxSeek (http://toxSeek.nlm.nih.gov) is a meta-search engine that enables simultaneous searching of many different information resources on the World Wide Web. The ToxSeek user interface allows selection of resources from a wide range of authoritative sources in these categories:TOXNET (NLM): Databases on hazardous chemicals, toxic releases and environmental health from the National Library of Medicine (NLM)
NLM: Additional selected resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), including PubMed
NIH: Resources from other institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
U.S. Government: Toxicology/environmental health information from other United States government agencies
International: Other selected international resources, such as the World Health Organization (WHO)
Resources/Societies: Other topic-specific information resources
June 07, 2006
AmosWEB is Economics: GLOSS*arama
What does AmosWEB mean?
AmosWEB means Economics with a Touch of Whimsy
The AmosWEB GLOSS*arama is a searchable database of 2000 economic terms and concepts. GLOSS*arama entries range from A ("a" -- the vertical intercept of a straight line) to Z ("zoning" -- legal restrictions on the location of an activity).
They also have:
AmosWEB Looks at the News
A PEDestrian's Guide to the Economy
The ghostly salt city beneath Detroit
Posted on The Detroit News Rearview Mirror
The ghostly salt city beneath Detroit
By Patricia Zacharias / The Detroit News
Like a Jules Verne fantasy, a ghostly city with its own network of four lane highways lies deep beneath the industrial heart of Detroit, its crystalline walls glittering and gleaming in the flickering light. It is a world of no night or day.
It is a world of salt.
This gigantic salt mine, 1,200 feet beneath the surface, spreads out over more than 1,400 acres with 50 miles of roads. It lies underneath Dearborn's Rouge complex , much of Melvindale and the north end of Allen Park. The mine shaft opening is in Detroit.
The International Salt Mine Company operated the mines until 1983, when falling salt prices brought a halt to production.
Throughout history, salt has always been a precious commodity, often traded ounce for ounce for gold. Jesus called his disciples "the salt of the earth," a statement commemorated during Roman Catholic baptismal ceremonies by placing a few grains of salt on the child's tongue.
June 06, 2006
American Experience: D-Day
D-Day took place 62 years ago on: June 6, 1944. The PBS web site features the film D-Day American Experience, a Timeline, Maps, People & Events, and Special Features. Here is a little bit about the film:
D-Day is told through the voices of people who participated in the planning and execution of the invasion, and in the battle for the Normandy beaches. Edited from over 100 hours of interviews, their stories are woven together with footage and photographs from American, British, and German archives. Written by four-time Oscar winner Charles Guggenheim, the film was nominated for a 1995 Academy Award.
The next workshop will be APA Citation on Friday, June 16th, 2006. It will be from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Room D2401B. Sign up by emailing: email@example.com If you want to see what other workshop are being offered go to the Workshop Schedule.
The Voyager Upgrade started today. That means no more ordering books using the Library Catalog. You must use the Interlibrary Book form or the Paper Form located by the Reference Desk. You can not request using the LIbrary Catalog.
June 05, 2006
How does this affect you? Here is a timeline:
June 6th to the end of upgrade you will not be able to place requests for materials held at other I-Share libraries. This will last until the end of the upgrade. All interlibrary loan requests for books must be done by filling out the paper located by the Reference Desk or by using the online form.
June 14th to the end of the upgrade- GSU catalog frozen until the end of the upgrade. The library catalog will not reflect books that have been checked out or returned. The only way to positively know if a book is available is to go to the shelf.
My Account feature will not be operational. You will not be able to renew books. It will also not reflect any returned books or that you have recently checked out.
The book sale is an ongoing event in the Library. The books are located by the Reference Desk.
Donations of books are always welcome. Contact Pam Taylor:
The first workshop of the trimester is tomorrow from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. It will be in the Library in Room D2401B.
From The Kept-Up Academic Librarian:
Two Union College sophomores, Josh DeBartolo and Steve Walker, were sick losing money when selling their books back to the bookstore and decided to create the new program of an online college textbook exchange called Campus Outlaw. The website, www.campusoutlaw.com, was designed to allow students to buy and sell textbooks (similar to eBay) and quickly and easily exchange the book for money.
Check out Campus Outlaw
SideStep - Cheap Hotels, Discount Motels, Hotel Reservations
Now that summer is here, many people are considering vacations. Check out this new search engine: SideStep. Here is what the SideStep web site has to say:
SideStep® searches more than 100 sites to find the Web’s best travel bargains. We check online agencies, consolidators, and the sites of the airlines, hotels, vacation package providers and rental car companies to make sure you find the deal that’s right for you.
More than 4.7 million consumers turn to SideStep each month for serious savings on travel. The company has forged alliances with leading travel marketers looking to reach this large, qualified audience, including companies like JetBlue Airways, Continental Airlines, Hyatt Corporation, Orbitz, Best Western and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group.
June 02, 2006
About Science Update:
Quirky, entertaining and informative, Science Update is a daily, 60-second feature covering the latest discoveries in science, technology and medicine.
Science Update has been on the air since January, 1988 and Why Is It? since September, 1995. This archive contains only programs that have aired since the creation of our Web page (August 5, 1996).
Don't forget that the PowerPoint Basics workshop is Tuesday, June 6th, 2006. It will be from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Room D2401B in the Library. This workshop is hands on. To see the complete list of workshops: Workshop List.
The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Home Page
The NBII: Your Home for Biological Information on the Web
According to the NBII Home Page:
The newly redesigned Northeast Information Node Web site provides enhanced access to information on climate change in the northeast United States, as well a wide range of regional spatial data and interactive mapping tools.
The National River Restoration Science Synthesis Project is a national effort to amalgamate local and regional restoration databases and projects and to analyze the extent, nature, scientific basis and success of stream river restoration projects. Through its NBII-hosted site, the Project now provides public access to its database of restoration projects.
Images of our natural world...The NBII Digital Image Library offers images related to nature and the environment. The library's collections include photographs of plant and animal species, scenic landscapes, wildlife management, and biological fieldwork. Submitted by the NBII and numerous partners, most images are freely available for general, educational, and scientific use. The variety of the library's holdings continually expands with the addition of new, quality images.