• Films On Demand update

    Films Media Group sent me this update about new features and enhancements in Films On Demand. These include improved browse and search functionality, a new home page design, new 1.5 MB high-quality Flash streams, dynamic citations for each video, overall speed and technical enhancements, and new technical support materials.

    Check it out and contact me if you have any questions.

    October 2, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 1186

  • New titles

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

    October 1, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 1279

  • Interrogating the CIA

    Check out the latest CQ Researcher report on CIA interrogations. What do you think? Should the CIA’s role in terrorism cases be reexamined?

    Jost, Kenneth. “Interrogating the CIA.” CQ Researcher Online 19, no. 33 (September 25, 2009): 789-812.

    September 29, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 1130

  • Flu information from Ebsco

    Due to concerns about H1N1 and seasonal flu, Ebsco Publishing, which provides our large health journal databases, is making extensive information free to the public. It’s divided into sections for clinicians, nurses and patients.

    Click on this link to visit the Ebsco Influenza Evidence-Based Information Portal.

    September 29, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 1151

  • Free books

    Please see the latest spreadsheet of Library discards and contact Michael Kirby if you’d like any of them.

    September 29, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 1164

  • 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: 1120

  • 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: 1267

  • 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: 1278

  • 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: 1060

  • 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: 1019