August 31, 2006
$1 a Bag!
The book sale starts on September 5th and ends on September 17th. $1.00 will buy you a BAG of books! What a great deal, just in time for the new school year.
EarthTrends: The Environmental Information Portal
EarthTrends is a major initiative of the World Resources Institute.
Welcome to EarthTrends, an online collection of information regarding the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world. Committed to the principle that accurate information drives responsible decisions by governments and individuals, EarthTrends offers the public a large breadth of statistical, graphic, and analytical data in easily accessible formats.
The following databases are available for searching:
Coastal and Maring Ecosystems
Water Resources and Freshwater Ecosystems
Climate and Atmosphere
Population, Health and Human Well-being
Economics, Business, and the Environment
Energy and Resources
Biodiversity and Protected Areas
Agriculture and Food
Forests, Grasslands and Drylands
Environmental Governance and Institutions
Each database allows you to select the variable you wish to view from a list. There are also Maps, Country Profiles, Features, and Data Tables that go along with each database. Click here to go to EarthTrends.
August 28, 2006
Teachers' Domain is produced by WGBH Boston. Registration is required to use the resources, however you can take a test drive. When you take the test drive you have access to:
The Teachers' Domain Earth and Space Science collection, with over 200 new resources, is now available! Check it out! Click here to take a test drive.
What does the Teachers' Domain have to offer? According to the website:
Teachers' Domain is an online educational service with two related components — collections and courses — that help teachers enhance their students' learning experiences and advance their own teaching skills. The Teachers' Domain collections include classroom-ready multimedia resources for use in lessons or independent study, and the Teachers Domain Professional Development courses utilize many of the same resources along with videos of exemplary classroom practice.
The collections provide learning experiences that no textbook can. This ever-expanding library currently includes collections on:
Science: Life Science, Physical Science, Engineering, Earth and Space Science
Social Studies: The Civil Rights Movement, Brown v. Board of Education
High-quality multimedia from NOVA, American Experience, and other public television productions and partners
Video and audio clips, interactives, images, and documents
Explanatory background articles for each resource
Correlations to state and national curriculum standards
Media-rich lesson plans
Resource management toolsClick here to go to the Teachers' Domain website.
August 25, 2006
The University is on Trimester Break this week and next. That means that the Library will be closed this Saturday and Sunday, August 26th - August 27th. We will be open next week:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
August 24, 2006
Terror from Lebanon
From the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
According to the Librarians' Index to the Internet:
Collection of reports and background material about "Hizbullah attacks [against] northern Israel and Israel's response," starting with the July 12, 2006 "attack of the Hizbullah terror organization on the border with Lebanon." Provides summaries of events, casualties, government policy statements, maps, video clips, and other material from the point of view of the Israeli government. Form the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
August 22, 2006
Welcome to eyespot
...combine your videos, photos and music online. Share mixes by email, blog, download or cell phone for free!
According to the Eyespot site:
Simple Video Mixing and Sharing
If you are like us, you have a computer filled with random video clips, and a digital camera lurking about with some video on it. Even your cell phone shoots video now.
We set out to build a site which makes it easy to upload, organize and share all that video, photos, and music. Interact with the community, collaborate, and get some great content to work with too. To try it out, just create a free eyespot account. Use the upload page to transfer video to your free personal eyespot page. Send your cell phone video to your eyespot account via video message (MMS), where it will find a happy home instantly.
MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base Interactive Map
MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base
The TKB Terrorism Trends 2005 interactive map provides users with the opportunity to easily access the following country graphs and lists:
India (including Kashmir)
Russia (including Chechnya)
10 Most Active Terrorist Groups: 2005
10 Most Frequent Targets: 2005
5 Most Frequent Tactics: 2005
10 Most Lethal Attacks: 2005
All country graphs and lists can be enlarged by clicking on the boxes, and further information about each particular country or list can be obtained by clicking on the links within these boxes.
August 17, 2006
The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation
Have you ever wondered what the Gettysburg Address would have been like if Abraham Lincoln had used Powerpoint? Peter Norvig did just that, he created a Powerpoint presentation of the Gettysburg Address.
TRimester Break starts Tuesday, August 22nd.
The Trimester Break schedule is as followz:
Tuesday, August 22nd - Friday, August 25th.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Saturday & Sunday
Monday, August 28th - Friday, September 1st.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Saturday & Sunday
Closed Monday, September 4th for Labor Day.
Fall 2006 Trimester begins Tuesday, September 5th.
August 16, 2006
Comic Books Archives
Comic Books Archives was started for comic book collectors. The idea is to use this site to compare against comics that they own or are ready to purchase. But it is a great site if you just want to read old comics. You can download different issues to your computer and read at your leisure. There are 2,861 issues available and some of them go back to 1938. Some of the comics available are:
Claw the Unconquered
Hawk and the Dove
Firestorm, The Nuclear Man
Korak, Son of Tarzan
Justice League of America
1st Issue Special
Check out Comic Books Archives
August 14, 2006
From the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs. This information includes FDA approved labels (package inserts). This Web site provides health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts.
Other information about prescription drugs may also be available. NLM regularly processes data files uploaded from FDA's system and provides and maintains this Web site for the public to use in accessing the information.
At the present time this Web site does not contain a complete listing of labels for approved prescription drugs. Currently this Web site contains 565 approved prescription drugs.
Check out DailyMed.
General Chemistry Online
General Chemistry Online provides:
Common Compound Library
A searchable database of over 800 common compound names, formulas, structures, and properties.
Hyperlinked notes and guides for first semester general chemistry.
Flash-based kits for building chemical formulas, names, equations, and problem solutions.
Featured articles, books, and tutorials.
Interactive graphing, popup tables, and calculators.
Index of self-guided tutorials, quizzes, and drills on specific topics.
Just Ask Antoine!
Antoine answers general chemistry questions that you forgot to ask.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers and hints for over 400 frequently asked questions.
A searchable, crosslinked collection of over 1000 chemical terms; now with audio pronunciations.
Flash-based simulations that link molecular events and structure with material properties.
Randomly selected trivia questions.
Chemistry Exam Survival Guide
Skills checklists and online self-grading examinations.
Check out General Chemistry Online
August 10, 2006
makezine.com: MAKE: Technology on Your Time
MAKE brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. MAKE is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. This is a magazine that celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.
Published as a quarterly since February 2005, MAKE is a hybrid magazine/book (known as a mook in Japan). MAKE comes from O'Reilly, the Publisher of Record for geeks and tech enthusiasts everywhere. It follows in line with the Hacks books and Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks, but it takes a highly visual and personal approach.
Here are a few examples of the projects you can find:
DIY Cardboard sets for Playmobile
DIY Magnetic stir plate
Check out MAKE.
Serials and Sequals Index
From the Los Angeles Public Library:
A listing of fiction books for adults which are part of a series, or are sequels to earlier novels. Can be searched by author, title and series name or characters.
- Type a word or phrase in one or more of the search boxes.
- Use an asterisk (*) to truncate your search term(s).
- Use quotes ("") around words for an exact phrase match.
It is easy to use. I entered the title of a book and it pulled up the author and a list of every book in that series.
August 09, 2006
LibraryThing l Catalog your books online
What is LibraryThing?
LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone—. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.
What does it cost?
A free account allows you to catalog up to 200 books. A paid account allows you to catalog any number of books. Paid personal accounts cost $10 for a year or $25 for a lifetime.
What else does LibraryThing do?
LibraryThing is a full-powered cataloging application, searching the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, and more than 45 world libraries. You can edit your information, search and sort it, "tag" books with your own subjects, or use the Library of Congress and Dewey systems to organize your collection.
If you want it, LibraryThing is also an amazing social space, often described as "MySpace for books" or "Facebook for books." You can check out other people's libraries, see who has the most similar library to yours, swap reading suggestions and so forth. LibraryThing also makes book recommendations based on the collective intelligence of the other libraries.
August 07, 2006
The Artificial Prison of the Human Mind
The Artificial Prison of the Human Mind
Posted by Daniel Lew on April 21st, 2006 at 8:29 pm
Photo courtesy Philip G. ZimbardoIn 1963 1971, a study about prisons was funded by the U.S. Navy to try to better understand problems in the Marine Corps.' prisons. The study was run by a group of researchers at Stanford, led by psychologist Philip G. Zimbardo. The idea was to create a controlled environment in the Stanford halls to simulate a prison. There would be participants recruited to play both the prisoners and the guards, and the experiment would last for two weeks.
Library Website Redesign
Library Website Redesign
The library is re-evaluating the website to determine what changes should be made to improve the ease of use. If you have any comments or constructive criticism, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We want you to let us know what you like and what you don’t like. We need to know what works and what doesn’t. Be specific, “I can’t find what I want”; is not very helpful. We want to know what you were looking for and the problems you encountered. This is your chance for input. Send any emails to: email@example.com
August 04, 2006
U.S. Department of State - Foreign Relations, 1964-1968; Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1967
From the U.S. Department of State:
Foreign Relations, 1964-1968
Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1967
Editor: Harriet Dashiell Schwar
General Editor: Edward C. Keefer
United States Government Printing Office
Prewar Crisis May 15-June 4, 1967
Six Days of War June 5-10, 1967
Postwar Diplomacy June 11-September 30, 1967
UN Security Council Resolution 242 October 3-November 22, 1967