• 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: 378

  • 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: 270

  • 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: 272

  • 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: 271

  • 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: 390

  • Historical Encyclopedia of American Business

    Last spring, we purchased the three-volume Historical Encyclopedia of American Business from Salem Press, which gives us three years of free access to the same content online. Read more about this valuable resource on the Salem Press web site, find it in our reference collection at HF3021 .H67 2009, or jump right in and start searching at Salem History.

    August 31, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 333

  • Health care reform

    Check out the latest CQ Researcher report on health care reform for objective information on this controversial topic:

    Clemmitt, Marcia. “Health-Care Reform.” CQ Researcher Online 19, no. 29 (August 28, 2009): 693-716.

    August 28, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 397

  • Credo Reference content update

    Credo Reference added the following new titles in the last week:

    Credo Reference has also updated the following titles to the latest available edition:

    See “Credo Content” on the Credo Reference Blog for more information about these and other recent titles. Enjoy!

    July 14, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 292

  • Science Online update

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

    This update further broadens the scope of this outstanding database, adding coverage of several core-curriculum subject areas–marine science, chemistry, and physics. As always, our new content comes in a variety of student-friendly formats–including more than 250 new or newly colored illustrations, more than 60 new photographs, and more than 440 new essays. In addition, a record URL has been added to the Advanced Search page, allowing users to easily bookmark and link directly to this page. Continue reading for more details about this update.

    New Marine Science Subject Page
    A new marine science subject page has been added to Science Online, easily accessible from the “Explore Subjects” menu on the home page. From this page, students and researchers will find the perfect starting point for exploring the wealth of newly added content on this topic–including new or newly colored illustrations, new photographs, and hundreds of new essays. The helpful suggested searches give ideas for important topics and terms to research, and the links to diagrams and images, experiments, biographies, videos, and a timeline will help educators liven their lesson plans while clarifying important concepts.

    Examples of the new content include:

  • Formation of the Hawaiian Islands:
    Use this clear illustration to help explain how the drifting of the Pacific tectonic plate over a hot spot resulted in the formation of the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Ocean currents:
    Get an informative overview, with links and illustrations, of this important part of marine science.
  • Marine sextant:
    Learn exactly how this navigational tool works with this clear diagram and labels.
  • New Chemistry Content
    With new essays as well as new or newly colored illustrations, our new chemistry content provides an overview of some fascinating areas of research. Coverage ranges from the most fundamental fields of chemistry, such as the origins of matter and of the universe, to those with important applications to everyday life, such as the composition of foods and drugs, to hot topics such as forensic chemistry, and more. The new material will be helpful to teachers looking to supplement coursework in general science, physical science, and chemistry classes.

    Examples of the new content include:

    New Physics Content
    Studying matter and energy and their interactions is an integral part of science. The new physics material added with this update makes it easy for students to grasp the fundamental science by providing accessible real-life examples to which they can relate. New essays along with new or newly colored illustrations cover the wide world of physics, from the smallest particles that make up matter to the immense forces that move the continents. Use this new material to teach this core-curriculum topic in an entertaining way.

    Examples of the new content include:

    July 9, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 369

  • Summer reading suggestions

    Everything from “click lit” to politics! Here’s a super compilation of great summer ’09 reading lists for adults, teens and children. Lists come from from NPR, the New York Times, Oprah, various libraries, the American Library Association and myriad newspapers, radio stations, and other sources.

    It’s called Rebecca’s Pocket, and comes from a long-time book blogger.

    (Thanks to Librarians’ Internet Index for this great suggestion.)

    July 1, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 275