• Films On Demand

    This one’s a biggie. We heard a lot of positive feedback during our preview of Films On Demand, and we’ve decided to subscribe. Films On Demand provides access to nearly 6,000 educational videos in the following collections: Business & Economics, Careers & Job Search, Family & Consumer Sciences, Guidance & Counseling, Health, Humanities & Social Sciences, Science, and Technical Education. You and your students can stream any of these videos to any computer, on or off campus (with an activated ID card), 24/7.

    Think of this as YouTube, except it contains only professionally produced, educational videos and none of the inappropriate comments. Feel free to show these videos in your classes, or encourage your students to watch them on their own time, outside of class.

    See these PDFs for instructions on how to get the most out of Films On Demand:
    Create a Playlist
    Organize Videos
    Share Videos

    Please contact us if you have any questions or comments, and let us know what you think!

    September 24, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 148

  • Credo Reference content update

    Credo Reference added seven new titles and updated one last week, as described on the Credo Reference Blog. These include:

    World Politics since 1945, from Pearson. “This enormously successful standard work has been expanded to take into account the developments of the last 10 years, including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sudan; the accelerating emergence of India and China as major powers; the major political developments in Latin America, including the rise and perhaps fall of Chavez in Venezuela; the march of globalisation and the popular protest movements against; the expansion eastwards of the European Union; instability in the Middle East and the question of oil and energy supply.”

    Key Concepts in Journalism Studies, from Sage. This book offers “a systematic and accessible introduction to the terms, processes and effects of journalism from Absence to Yellow Journalism; a combination of practical considerations with theoretical issues; and further reading suggestions. The authors bring an enormous range of experience in newspaper and broadcast journalism, at national and regional level, as well as their teaching expertise. This book will be essential reading for students in journalism, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers.”

    Political Philosophy A-Z, from Edinburgh University Press. “A comprehensive, up to date and concise guide to one of the most important branches of philosophy. Both topical and historical, Political Philosophy A-Z has entries on Hobbes, Marx, and Rorty, as well as entries which explain what ‘contract theory’ is, and gives an account of ‘multi-culturalism.’ This book guides the reader through the intricacies of political theory, enabling them to trace their way through a debate, fixing historical and theoretical points of reference along the way. It is well suited for students studying political philosophy at university. Political Philosophy A-Z links up positions, thinkers and theories without unnecessary technicality. It is a valuable guide to political theorising.”

    Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 21st edition, from F.A. Davis Company. “To thrive in the ever-changing world of health care, you need a respected, trusted, and cutting-edge, cyclopedic resource. Taber’s 21 is today’s most comprehensive health science dictionary.” Includes cyclopedic entries that offer more than just definitions; reader-friendly definitions, including brand-new terms and revised terms; full-color illustrations; Patient Care Statements; Caution Statements with new, easy-to-find icon; and dozens of Allied Health and Nursing Appendices.

    See Credo Reference for more great online reference books!

    September 24, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 251

  • Gays in the military

    Check out the latest CQ Researcher report on gays in the military. What do you think? Should the ban be lifted?

    Katel, Peter. “Gays in the Military.” CQ Researcher Online 19, no. 32 (September 18, 2009): 765-788.

    September 22, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 207

  • GreenFILE

    The Library is pleased to offer GreenFILE, a free environmental database from EBSCO.

    From the GreenFILE information page:
    “GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects.
    Multidisciplinary by nature, GreenFILE draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.
    Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 468,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 5,500 records.”

    September 17, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 153

  • Health care reform: sites with stats and facts

    For reliable background and statistics regarding health care in America, check out these excellent health care Web sites that we’ve just added to our Delicious* links. You’ll find state rankings, analysis and more from such varied sources as the Congressional Budget Office, WHO, Kaiser and other organizations.

    *Delicious is a social bookmarking tool that allows you to share your favorite Web sites with others. The DCTC Library maintains a listing of excellent sites that can be searched by subject (or “tags.”)

    September 17, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 146

  • State budget crisis

    Check out the latest CQ Researcher report on state and local government budget crises. What do you think? Are permanent changes in spending needed?

    Greenblatt, Alan. “State Budget Crisis.” CQ Researcher Online 19, no. 31 (September 11, 2009): 741-764.

    September 16, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 213

  • Global Road Warrior

    The Library is pleased to offer Global Road Warrior, a database of information on 175 countries and territories.

    From their web site:
    “The database features more than 8 million words of editorial content, over 6,500 color photos and 1,575 maps, all presented in a consistent 92-category framework for each country. Topics include society and culture, travel essentials, business culture, communications and more. Created by an international team of researchers, cartographers and writers, the database is continually updated.
    Global Road Warrior is proving valuable to multiple educational disciplines and promotes cross-cultural understanding through comparative studies. Business people engaged in international trade, students researching country reports and patrons planning international travel all will find what they need within this site.”

    Please contact us if you have any questions or comments, and let us know what you think!

    September 15, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 204

  • Credo Reference content update

    Credo Reference added five new titles last week, as described on the Credo Reference Blog:

    Encyclopedia of Intelligence & Counterintelligence, by M.E. Sharpe. “This illustrated encyclopedia traces the fascinating stories of spies, intelligence, and counterintelligence throughout history, both internationally and in the United States. Written specifically for students and general readers by scholars, former intelligence officers, and other experts, Encyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence provides a unique background perspective for viewing history and current events.”

    Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Political Thought, by Roger Scruton. “Entries from Abdication to zoning cover every aspect of political thought, defining concepts and ideologies, surveying the arguments on issues, giving capsule histories of political institutions, and summarizing (with newly expanded treatment) the thought of major political theorists. The Dictionary provides a readable and impartial survey of political thought, of immense value to students of political science, government, philosophy and jurisprudence as well as to the general reader with an interest in ideas.”

    Key Concepts in Political Communication, from Sage UK. “This is a systematic and accessible introduction to the critical concepts, structures and professional practices of political communication. Lilleker presents core concepts in political communication which cement together various strands of theory. From aestheticisation to virtual politics, he explains, illustrates and provides selected further reading. He considers both practical and theoretical issues central to political communication and offers a critical assessment of recent developments in political communication.”

    A Glossary of Political Theory, from Edinburgh University Press. “This book covers alphabetically (from abstraction to Young Hegelians) both the major concepts in political theory and the key writers in the field. While ensuring accuracy and objectivity, the entries represent interpretations that are both challenging and interesting… Presenting theory in an abstract fashion makes it daunting for students who can find it difficult to see the links between theory and practice. The definitions in this glossary therefore relate political ideas to political realities (i.e. everyday controversies) in an attempt to make them as lively, stimulating and accessible as possible.”

    Dictionary of Youth Justice, by Willan Publishing. “This book is a key resource for those teaching and studying under-graduate and post-graduate courses in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, social policy, law, socio-legal studies, community justice, social work, youth and community work and police studies, together with policy-makers, managers and practitioners working within the youth justice sphere (including staff training officers, youth justice officers, social workers, probation officers, police officers, teachers and education workers, health professionals, youth workers, drug and alcohol workers and juvenile secure estate staff).”

    See Credo Reference for more great online reference books!

    September 14, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 182

  • Auto repair database preview

    The Library is previewing EBSCO’s Auto Repair Reference Center through November. We need your help in deciding whether to subscribe to this database.

    From EBSCO:
    “Database content includes more than 33,800 vehicles covered from 1945 to present, nearly 800,000 drawings and step-by-step photographs, approximately 83,200 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer, over 99,800 enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing, specifications & maintenance schedules, Labor Time Guide & Estimator; AutoIQ, Quick Tips, a complete guide to vehicle ownership & maintenance, unlimited remote access and much more. New repair procedures and updates are continually added to the product. All of the content in Auto Repair Reference Center has been created by ASE certified technicians.”

    Please contact us if you have any questions or comments, and let us know what you think!

    September 10, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 177

  • H1N1 information

    We’re using Delicious to bookmark the best online sources for information about the H1N1 influenza virus:


    We’ll continue to bookmark high quality sites as we discover them. Check it out, and stay healthy!

    September 10, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 223