• 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: 141

  • 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: 145

  • 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: 124

  • H1N1 information

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

    http://delicious.com/DCTCLibrary/H1N1

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

    September 10, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 158

  • Gift for Mary

    Mary Teske, our former acquisitions technician, retired this past June. As a token of our appreciation for her years of service at DCTC and for helping to build the amazing collection we have today, we are signing and giving her a copy of the The Times Complete History of the World. Please stop by the Library and sign it if you haven’t already!

    September 10, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 141

  • Financial literacy

    Check out the latest CQ Researcher report on financial literacy. What do you think? Should courses be mandatory in schools?

    Billitteri, Thomas J. “Financial Literacy.” CQ Researcher Online 19, no. 30 (September 4, 2009): 717-740.

    September 9, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 132

  • Online video database preview

    The Library is previewing Films On Demand, an online video database, through the end of this month. We need your help in deciding whether to subscribe to this database, and which videos would be most useful.

    There are currently 5,779 videos in the following categories: Business & Economics, Careers & Job Search, Family & Consumer Sciences, Guidance & Counseling, Health, Humanities & Social Sciences, Science, and Technical Education.

    We’ve purchased many of our videos from this publisher (Films Media Group), so some of these videos are already available in the Library. Some are only 10 minutes long, others are over an hour. You can view them or show them to a class from any computer with Internet access, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. If we subscribe to this database, you’ll be able to create your own account where you can make playlists, bookmark favorites, and customize preferences.

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

    September 3, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 95

  • New titles

    Please see this spreadsheet for a list of books and videos we added to our collection over the summer. You’ll find these and other great titles in our catalog, MnPALS Plus.

    September 2, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 124

  • Credo Reference content update

    From “Credo Content” on the Credo Reference Blog:

    The new title is Geography of the World, by Dorling Kindersley. “Global diversity comes alive in DK’s essential guide to our ever-changing world, full of fact-packed spreads and full-color photographs.” This title has over 1000 images, including maps and other cultural images of various countries. Check out the entry on Italy for an example of the kind of content this title offers.

    The title that has been updated is the Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Professions, from Elsevier Health Sciences. This title is “so much more than just a dictionary… the completely revised, bestselling, trusted Mosby’s Dictionary is the all-in-one reference you need to help you make sense of the complex world of health care, from a to zymorphic. It features superior-quality definitions plus full-color illustrations. But that’s only the beginning. Mosby’s Dictionary also includes encyclopedic entries to explain more difficult concepts in depth, appendixes with practical quick-reference information. It’s the ONE reference you’ll turn to from beginning to end!”. It also contains over 4,000 images!

    See Credo Reference for more great online reference books!

    September 2, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 93

  • New ELM / EBSCO database webinars

    I received this e-mail from Minitex last week:

    Minitex Reference Services and EBSCO are pleased to offer the following upcoming webinars:

    Overview of Medical Resources
    Sept. 15, 2009, 12:30-1:30pm
    Sept. 29, 2009, 9:30-10:30am

    A thorough overview of the Consumer Health Complete medical resource including key features such as accessing Evidence-Based Reports, reference book content, medical images, animations and video as well as searching a variety of health topics. An overview of additional medical databases Alt HealthWatch, Health Source: Consumer Edition and Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition will also be covered.

    Points of View Reference Center
    Sept. 16, 2009, 10:00-11:00am
    Sept. 30, 2009, 12:00-1:00pm

    A detailed overview of an online tool to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of a wide range of controversial subjects and evaluate the issues of yesterday, today and tomorrow. This session will include reviewing key essays (Overview, Point, Counterpoint and Guide to Critical Analysis) on a variety of topics. Advanced searching techniques using lexiles, limiters and source types will also be covered.

    Research Tools for Grades K-5 (Searchasaurus / Kids Search)
    Sept. 18, 2009, 3:00-4:00pm
    Sept. 24, 2009, 3:30-4:30pm

    An overview, for teachers and librarians, of the Searchasaurus (designed for pre-K – Grades 3 students) and Kids Search interface (designed for Grade K-5 students). A variety of search techniques using the interface’s functionality will be covered including searching by Lexiles, subjects and topics.

    Research Tools for Middle and High School (Student Research Center)
    Sept. 25, 2009, 3:00-4:00pm
    Sept. 28, 2009, 12:00-1:00pm

    A thorough overview of research tools for teachers and librarians including Student Research Center (designed for Grade 6 -12 students) and EBSCOhost interfaces. A variety of search techniques including source-type searching and searching by Lexiles will be covered. Key research databases include: Middle Search Plus, MAS Ultra – School Edition, Science Reference Center, Professional Development Collection, ERIC, and Health Source: Consumer Edition will be covered.

    Science Reference Center
    Sept. 22, 2009, 9:00-10:00am
    Oct. 6, 2009, 12:30-1:30pm

    This session will take a look at the broad spectrum of reference information from the areas of life sciences, physical sciences and earth & space sciences, including scientist and mathematician biographies, science videos and science experiments contained in Science Reference Center. Conducting advanced searches to retrieve specific information will be emphasized.

    To register please go to http://support.ebsco.com/customtraining and select Minitex as Your Sponsoring Group.

    September 1, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 122