Finding good web sites: Librarians’ Internet Index

The motto of Librarians’ Internet Index is “Websites You Can Trust.” Updated weekly, this is an extensive database of websites on every subject under the sun, individually selected by librarians for their usefulness and reliability.

With over 20,000 websites indexed, there are plenty to choose from! These include all kinds of trustworthy sites from government, academia, associations, and other sources. The LII home page usually features links related to current news and holidays.

LII is one of my favorite resources and a great way to find reliable websites quickly!

New titles in November 2008

Here are some of the books and videos we added to our collection in the first half of November. You’ll find these and other great titles in our catalog, MnPALS Plus.

Exploring psychology / David G. Myers
MAIN BF121 .M935 2008

The developing person through childhood / Kathleen Berger
MAIN BF721 .B3664 2006

Adult development and aging
MAIN BF724.5 .P37 2007

Minnesota goes to war : the home front during World War II / Dave Kenney
MAIN D769.85 .M6 K46 2005

American foreign policy : the dynamics of choice in the 21st century / Bruce Jentleson
MAIN E840 .J46 1999

Landscapes of Minnesota : a geography / John Hart Fraser
MAIN F606.8 .H37 2008

Henry Hastings Sibley : divided heart / Rhonda R. Gilman
MAIN F606 .S56 G55 2004

The falls of St. Anthony : the waterfall that built Minneapolis / Lucile M. Kane
MAIN F614 .M557 K36 1987

Latino Minnesota / Leigh Roethke
MAIN F615 .S75 R64 2007

New perspectives on Microsoft Office Project 2003 : introductory / Rachel B. Bunin
MAIN HD69 .P75 B86 2005

Microsoft Office Excel 2003 / Robert T. Grauer, Maryann Barber
MAIN HF5548.4 .M523 G725 2004

Microsoft Office Excel 2003 : comprehensive course / Judy Mardar
MAIN HF5548.4 .M523 M322 2004

Microsoft Excel 2002 : illustrated complete / Elizabeth Reding
MAIN HF5548.4 .M523 R44 2002

Go! with Microsoft Office Access 2003 : comprehensive / Linda Foster-Turpen, Jeffrey M. Howard
MAIN HF5548.4 .M525 F678 2004

Office XP : a professional approach : core / Deborah Hinkle
MAIN HF5548.4 .M525 H56 2002

Microsoft official academic course : Microsoft Office system 2003 edition
MAIN HF5548.4 .M525 M54 2004

New perspectives on Microsoft Office XP / June J. Parsons
MAIN HF5548.4 .M525 P3722 2002

Intercultural communication : a reader
MAIN HM1211 .I57 2006

The young child : development from prebirth through age eight
MAIN HQ767.9 .B56 2009

Guidance of young children / Marian Marion
MAIN HQ772 .M255 2007

Infants & toddlers / Terri Swim
MAIN HQ778.63 .SP5 2007

Literacy : helping students construct meaning / David J. Cooper
MAIN LB1050.45 .C76 2009

Beginnings & beyond : foundations in early childhood education / Ann Miles Gordon
OVER LB1139.23 .G663 2004

Family involvement in early childhood education : research into practice / Jennifer Prior
MAIN LB1139.35 .P37 P75 2007

Play at the center of the curriculum
MAIN LB1139.35 .P55 P57 2007

Early childhood experiences in language arts : early literacy / Jeanne Machado
MAIN LB1139.5 .L35 M335 2007

Literacy development in the early years : helping children read and write / Lesley Morrow
MAIN LB1140.5 .L3 M667 2009

A guidance approach for the encouraging classroom / Daniel Gartrell
MAIN LB3012.2 .G37 2007

Reflections : preparing for your practicum and internship / Mary Bold
MAIN LC1072 .I58 B65 2008

Home, school, and community relations / Carol Gestwicki
MAIN LC225.3 .G47 2007

Exceptional children and youth : an introduction to special education / Nancy Hunt
MAIN LC3965 .H86 2002

Exceptional lives : special education in today’s schools
MAIN LC4031 .E87 2004

Young children with special needs / Stephen Hooper
MAIN LC4031 .U425 2009

The long haul : an autobiography / Myles Horton
MAIN LC5301 .M65 H69 1998

The Prentice Hall guide for college writers / Stephen Reid
MAIN PE1408 .R424 2006

Perspectives on argument / Nancy V. Wood
MAIN PE1431 .W66 2001

Roget’s 21st century thesaurus in dictionary form : the essential reference for home, school, or office / Barbra Kipfer
REF PE1591 .K54 2005

The American Heritage college dictionary
REF PE1628 .A6227 2007

The American Heritage college dictionary
MAIN PE1628 .A6227 2007

The vampire Lestat / Anne Rice
MAIN PS3568 .I265 V3 1985

Understanding computers : today and tomorrow / Deborah Morley
MAIN QA76.5 .P319 2008

Practical computer literacy / June J. Parsons
MAIN QA76.9 .C64 P37 2005

Microsoft Office Access 2003 / Lisa Friedrichsen
MAIN QA76.9 .D3 F75 2006

Microsoft Access 2002 : illustrated complete / Lisa Friedrichsen
MAIN QA76.9 .D3 F756 2002

Microsoft Office Access 2003 comprehensive / Robert Grauer
MAIN QA76.9 .D3 G71959 2004

Microsoft Access 2002 complete tutorial / William Paewark
MAIN QA76.9 .D3 P375 2002

Respiratory physiology : the essentials / John B. West
MAIN QP121 .W43 2008

Gastrointestinal physiology
MAIN QP145 .G27 2007

Vitamins and minerals demystified / Steve N. Blake
MAIN QP771 .B53 2008

The disease fighters : the Nobel Prize in medicine / Nathan Aaseng
MAIN R699 .A27 1987

Guide to medical billing and coding
MAIN R728.5 .G87 2007

Maximizing billing and collections in the medical practice
MAIN R728.5 .M394 2007

Electronic health records : a guide for clinicians and administrators
MAIN R864 .A42 2008

The Merck manual of health & aging
MAIN RA777.5 .M47 2005

Mastering the reimbursement process / Joanne Waters
MAIN RA981 .A2 U34 2008

Step-by-step medical coding / Carol J. Buck
MAIN RB115 .B82 2008

Principles Of ICD-9-CM Coding / Deborah Grider
MAIN RB115 .G75 2008

A manual of laboratory and diagnostic tests / Frances Fischbach
MAIN RB38.2 .F57 2009

Prentice Hall’s handbook of laboratory & diagnostic tests : with nursing implications / Joyce LeFever Kee
MAIN RB38.2 .K44 2009

Mosby’s diagnostic and laboratory test reference / Kathleen Pagana
MAIN RB38.2 .P337 2008

Oncology nursing
MAIN RC266 .O53 2007

Stroke care : a practical manual / Rowan Harwood
MAIN RC388.5 .H37 2005

The amnesias : a clinical textbook of memory disorders / Andrew C. Papanicolaou
MAIN RC394 .M46 P365 2006

Oxford textbook of psychopathology
MAIN RC454 .O94 2009

How did this happen?: a practical guide to understanding eating disorders– for teachers, parents and coaches
MAIN RC552 .E18 1999

The asthma sourcebook / Francis V. Adams
MAIN RC591 .A325 2007

Fluids and electrolytes / Mary Baumberger-Henry
MAIN RC630 .B28 2008

Fluids and electrolytes demystified / Joyce Johnson
MAIN RC630 .J64 2008

The diabetes travel guide : how to travel with diabetes– anywhere in the world / Davida Kruger
MAIN RC660.4 .K784 2006

American Medical Association guide to preventing and treating heart disease : essential information you and your family need to know

about having a healthy heart
MAIN RC672 .L57 2008

Living with coronary heart disease : a guide for patients and families / Jerome Granato
MAIN RC685 .C6 G72 2008

Pulmonary physiology and pathophysiology : an integrated, case-based approach / John B. West
MAIN RC711 .W47 2007

Gastrointestinal nursing / Graeme D. Smith
MAIN RC802 .S615 2005

The doctor’s guide to gastrointestinal health : preventing and treating acid reflux, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis,

celiac disease, colon cancer, pancreatitis, cirrhosis, hernias and more / Paul Miskovitz
MAIN RC806 .M57 2005

First aid and CPR essentials / Alton Thygerson
MAIN RC86.7 .T473 2007

Wound care made incredibly easy!
MAIN RD93.95 .W68 2007

Health, safety, and nutrition for the young child / Lynn R. Marotz
MAIN RJ101 .M347 2009

Treatment planning in dentistry
MAIN RK318 .T74 2007

Prentice Hall nursing drug guide
MAIN RM125 .N78

The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy
MAIN RM127 .M4 2006

I.V. therapy demystified / Kerry Cheever
MAIN RM170 .C464 2008

Pharmacology / Joanna Holly
MAIN RM301 .H58 2009

The complete guide to psychiatric drugs : straight talk for best results / Edward Drummond
MAIN RM315 .D87 2006

Clinical calculations : with applications to general and specialty areas / Joyce LeFever Kee
MAIN RS57 .K44 2009

Telephone triage protocols for nurses / Julie K. Briggs
MAIN RT120 .E4 B75 2007

MAIN RT48.5 .N89 2008

Handbook of nursing diagnosis / Lynda Carpenito-Moyet
MAIN RT48.6 .C385 2008

Nursing diagnosis : application to clinical practice
MAIN RT48.6 .N869 2008

Professional guide to diseases
MAIN RT65 .P69 2009

Principles of horticulture / Charles Adams
MAIN SB318 .A33 2008

Microsoft Powerpoint 2002 : illustrated introductory / David Beskeen
MAIN T385 .B473 2002

Go! with Microsoft Office / Alicia Vargas
MAIN T385 .V337 2004

New perspectives on Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 : comprehensive / Beverly Zimmerman
MAIN T385 .Z55 2004

Minnesota-Ontario iron ore railroads / Patrick Dorin
MAIN TF677 .D665 2002

Heating boiler operator’s manual : maintenance, operation, and repair / Mohammad Malek
MAIN TJ289 .M35 2007

Electrical theory DC and AC
AV TK454 .D3 2009

Mixed emulsions : altered art techniques for photographic imagery / Angela Cartwright
MAIN TR395 .C335 2007

Photographing weather / Storm Dunlop
MAIN TR705 .D865 2007

Performing with Microsoft Publisher : comprehensive course / Iris Blanc
MAIN Z253.532 .M53 B53 2002

Microsoft Office Word 2003 comprehensive / Robert Grauer
MAIN Z52.5 .M52 G748 2004

Finding GOOD web sites

The Internet can be a terrific place to find up-to-date information for research papers and projects. In fact, these days the Web is the only place to find certain sorts of information. Government agencies, for example, are increasingly making their latest statistics available only in electronic format as they try to rein in costs (and save trees in the process.)

You can also find invaluable, extensive and trustworthy information from Web sites put up by professional organizations and associations (examples: American Psychological Association, Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association), as well as sites related to programs heard on National Public Radio (like “All Things Considered”) or seen on public television (NOVA science programs.) These fine Web sites can be excellent supplements to books and journal articles as research sources.

But, as every instructor knows, there’s also a lot of unreliable junk on the Net, as well. After all, anyone with a computer can put up a Web site. And when students simply Google their way through a research project, the results can be discouraging.

So, given the mixed bag in the Web world, how do you sort the wheat from the chaff? In a short series of short blog entries, I’ll present some tips to make your Web searching easy and fruitful. Look for the first installment next week!

More new titles in October 2008

Here are some of the books and videos we added to our collection in the last half of October. You’ll find these and other great titles in our catalog, MnPALS Plus.

The Penguin factfinder
REF AG106 .N49 2005

Guinness world records 2009
REF AG243 .G87 2008

15,003 answers : the ultimate trivia encyclopedia / Stanley Newman
REF AG243 .N496 2007

Introduction to psychology / James W. Kalat
OVER BF121 .K26 2007

500 nations : an illustrated history of North American Indians / Alvin Josephy
OVER E77 .J787 2002

Minneosta yesterday & today / Layne Kennedy
OVER F607 .K39 2006

Rand McNally commercial atlas & marketing guide, 2003
REF G1019 .R22 2003

Small business sourcebook : the entrepeneur’s resource
REF HD2346 .U5 S66

World chamber of commerce directory
REF HF294 .W75

Wiley GAAP 2007 CD-ROM interpretation and application of generally accepted accounting principles
AV HF5616 .U5 W55 2007

Accounting / Carl S. Warren
OVER HF5635 .F386 2007

Principles of accounting / Belverd E. Needles
OVER HF5635 .N35 2008

Encyclopedia of women and American politics
REF HQ1236.5 .U6 E52 2008

How children develop / Robert Siegler
OVER HQ767.9 .S534 2006

Going public handbook : evolving SEC disclosure systems / Harold S. Bloomenthal
REF KF1432.1 .B55

The Oxford companion to American law
REF KF154 .O96 2002

International mechanical code 2006
REF KF5708 .I55 2006

RIA federal tax handbook
REF KF6289 .R523

Barron’s profiles of American colleges : descriptions of the colleges
REF L901 .B323

Minnesota measures : 2008 report on higher education performance
OVER LB2322.2 .M56 2008

Peterson’s study abroad
REF LB2376 .P46

Underground buildings : more than meets the eye / Loretta Hall
OVER NA2542.7 .H35 2004

Design secrets : furniture : 50 real-life projects uncovered / Laurel Saville
OVER NK2260 .S28 2006

The Oxford dictionary of word histories
REF PE1580 .O94 2004

Oxford large print thesaurus
MAIN and REF PE1591 .O925 2004

Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary
MAIN and REF PE1628 .M36 2007

The New York times dictionary of misunderstood, misused, mispronounced words / Laurence Urdang
REF PE1680 .U7 2002

The Oxford encyclopedia of children’s literature
REF PN1008.5 .O94 2006

Bowker’s news media directory
REF PN4877 .B69

Sustaining life : how human health depends on biodiversity
OVER QH541.15 .B56 S96 200

The Book of the states
REF R353.9 B274 2007

CPC coding exam review : the certification step / Carol J. Buck
MAIN RB115.7 .B824 2008

Dental assisting : a comprehensive approach / Donna Phinney
OVER RK60.5 .P48 2008

Foundations of therapeutic recreation
OVER RM736.7 .F66 2008

Minnesota State Fair : an illustrated history / Kathryn Koutsky
OVER S555 .M666 K68 2007

Fashion illustration with Photoshop / Kevin Tallon
MAIN T385 .P54 T35 2008

Trade shows worldwide
REF T394 .T723

Twin Cities by trolley : the streetcar era in Minneapolis and St. Paul / John W. Diers
OVER TF725 .M6 D54 2007

Red dot design yearbook
OVER TS171 .A1 D469

Science Online update

I just received this update from Facts On File regarding our Science Online subscription. Check it out!

This update includes many new features and records that tie current events to the study of science and also provide support to educators who will start preparing soon for final exams and science fair competitions.
Check out our new Today’s Science and “Focus On” features on the home page, 60 new experiments, more than 125 new videos, more than 440 new and updated illustrations and photographs, and more than 100 new essays. The new content covers everything from artificial intelligence to tsunamis and the hydrosphere. Continue reading for more details about this update.
New Today’s Science Feature
Visit the home page to find our new Today’s Science feature box highlighting four articles on hot topics and recent discoveries and events in science. New articles will be added regularly to the feature box. Mouse over the article titles to see brief descriptions of and photos from the articles or click the article title or “More” link to read the complete article. Article contents menus appear at the top of each record. Today’s Science articles also appear under the All and News Articles search results tabs. This month’s featured content includes:

SCIENCE ONLINE New Todays Science Special Feature Water-Splitting to Store Solar Energy: Learn about the challenges of storing solar power efficiently and cheaply.

Insect Altruism-More Than a Family Matter?: Read E.O. Wilson’s observations about insects such as worker bees, group selection, and evolution.

Explosion of Luck: Scientists Observe the Birth of a Supernova: Find out how scientists discovered the X-ray pattern that signals the birth of a supernova.

Mars Wet-Chemistry: Phoenix Finds Ice: Explore the question “Could life have existed on Mars?”

Click here to visit the home page and check out this new feature.

New Videos
More than 125 new videos on topics such as electricity and magnetism, genetics, and botany have been added to Science Online
. The videos are clear, short, and easy-to-follow. They provide educators with a great way to engage users who learn more effectively by watching and listening as scientific concepts are demonstrated, instead of focusing purely on reading assignments. The video records include links to related content, such as other videos, experiments, diagrams, essays, terms, and more. Libraries and educators can link to the records on their subject and homework Web pages using the “record URLs” provided at the bottom of each page. Examples of new videos include:

New Essays
More than 100 essays on a variety of topics, including core topics in chemistry and Earth science as well as hot topics such as renewable resources and climate change, are new with this update. Essays exploring the environment and the fragility of our planet link science to current events and provide a helpful starting point not only to environmental science educators but also to those studying current events and participating in this year’s National High School Debate on alternative energy incentives. Other essays on topics such as the quantum model cover essential content required by the science curriculum and incorporate helpful illustrations within the
essays. Examples of new essays include:

Old magazine and journal issues

2009 will be here soon and we’ll need to discard old magazine and journal issues to make room for new ones. Please see this Excel spreadsheet of the issues we’re getting rid of and contact us if you’d like any of them. Thanks!

Election Web Links

In the final run-up to the 2008 election, here’s a set of informative and fascinating web links regarding the upcoming election. You’ll find clips from the debates (searchable by topic discussed), candidate interviews, news stories, background and analysis, and more.
This comes from Librarians’ Internet Index, a wonderful compilation of trustworthy Web sites.

New titles in October 2008

Here are some of the books and videos we added to our collection in the first half of October. You’ll find these and other great titles in our catalog, MnPALS Plus.

The Old farmer’s almanac
MAIN AY81.F3 F37 2009

Human development : a life-span view / Robert V. Kail
MAIN BF713 .K336 2007

Manners / Aliki
JUV BJ1857.C5 A39 1992

Let’s read about– Pocahontas / Kim Weinberger
JUV E99.P85 P69 2003

Let’s read about– Squanto / Sonia Black
JUV E99.W2 S623 2002

Minnesota : a history / William E. Lass
MAIN F606 .L35 2000

Mexicans in Minnesota / Dennis Valdés
MAIN F615.M5 V35 2005

Swedes in Minnesota / Anne G. Lewis
MAIN F615.S23 L49 2004

Fixing failed states : a framework for rebuilding a fractured world / Ashraf Ghani
MAIN JC328.7 .G43 2008

Patterson’s American education
REF L901 .P3

College success strategies / S. Nist-Olejnik
MAIN LB2395 .N545 2006

Below ground level : creating new spaces for contemporary architecture
MAIN NA2542.7 .B45 2003

AIA guide to the Twin Cities : the essential source on the architecture of Minneapolis and St. Paul / Larry Millett
MAIN NA735.M5 M53 2007

The intimate landscape : a new look at the origins of the American Barbizon movement / Estelle Riback
MAIN ND1351.5 .R53 2004

Where’s the rest of me? / Ronald Reagan
MAIN PN2287.R25 A3 1965

Fiction : an introduction to reading and writing / Edgar Roberts
MAIN PN3353 .R615 1989

The New Oxford book of American verse
MAIN PS584 .N4 1976

The Thanksgiving surprise / Peggy Archer
JUV PZ7.A734 Tha 2007

What a party! / Sandy Asher
JUV PZ7.A816 Wh 2008

One winter’s day / Christina M. Butler
JUV PZ7.B97738 One 2007

Snow friends / Christina M. Butler
JUV PZ7.B98 Sn 2006

The cow who clucked / Denise Fleming
JUV PZ7.F5994 Cow 2006

Tickly octopus/ Ruth Galloway
JUV PZ7.G13853 Tic 2007

A Kwanzaa miracle / Sharon S. Gayle
JUV PZ7.G2414 Kw 2004

There’s a hole in my pocket : based on a traditional American song / Akimi Gibson
JUV PZ7.G3595 Th 1994

Pinkalicious / Victoria Kann
JUV PZ7.K12774 Pin 2008

The leaves are falling one by one / Steve Metzger
JUV PZ7.M489 Le 2007

The amazing turkey rescue / Steve Metzger
JUV PZ7.M5596 Ama 2007

Andrew’s loose tooth / Robert Munsch
JUV PZ7.M927 An 2002

Nice try, Tooth Fairy / Maty W. Olson
JUV PZ7.O47 N53 2002

A kiss goodbye / Audrey Penn
JUV PZ7.P38448 Khs 2007

The wind blew / Pat Hutchins
JUV PZ8.3.H965 Wi 1993

What will I do if I can’t tie my shoe? / Heidi Kilgras
JUV PZ8.3.K553 Wh 1997

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, what do you see? / Bill Martin
JUV PZ8.3.M418 Bab 2007

Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah / Susan L. Roth
JUV PZ8.3.R747 Han 2004

Animal strike at the zoo, it’s true! / Karma Wilson
JUV PZ8.3.W6976 An 2006

Moose tracks! / Karma Wilson
JUV PZ8.3.W6976 Mo 2008

Elementary and intermediate algebra / Alan S. Tussy
MAIN QA152.3 .T86 2006

Intermediate algebra / Charles P. McKeague
MAIN QA154.3 .M3424 2008

Basic mathematics for college students / Alan S. Tussy
MAIN QA43 .T87 2007

Introduction to chemical principles / H. Stephen Stoker
MAIN QD33.2 .S76 2008

The magic school bus fights germs / Kate Egan
JUV QR57 .E454 2008

HMO/PPO directory : detailed profiles of U.S. managed healthcare organizations & key decision makers
REF RA413.5. U5H58

Seeing both sides : classic controversies in abnormal psychology / Scott Lilienfeld
MAIN RC454.4 .L55 1995

The depression workbook : a guide for living with depression and manic depression / Mary Ellen Copeland
MAIN RC537 .C683 2001

The excruciating history of dentistry : toothsome tales & oral oddities from Babylon to braces / James Wynbrandt
MAIN RK29 .W86 2000

Psychology and dentistry : mental health aspects of patient care / William A. Ayer
MAIN RK53 .A899 2005

The PDR pocket guide to prescription drugs
MAIN RS75 .P376

Soares book on grounding and bonding
MAIN TK 3227 .S592 2008

New perspectives on the Internet : comprehensive / Gary Schneider
MAIN TK5105.875.I57 S36 2006

Land of amber waters : the history of brewing in Minnesota / Doug Hoverson
MAIN TP573.U5 H68 2007

The non-designer’s design book : design and typographic principles for the visual novice / Robin Williams
MAIN Z246 .W634 2008

Calligraphy for the beginner / Tom Gourdie
MAIN Z43. G664 2003

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