• 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:

    November 7, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1634

  • 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!

    November 3, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1725

  • 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.

    October 28, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1820

  • 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 Vald├ęs
    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

    October 24, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 2137

  • Welcome from the Reference Librarian!

    Welcome to our Library blog!
    As reference librarian, I help students with their research, both individually and in classroom orientations. My regular hours are M-F, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (with some variation.)
    Instructors: I am happy to do library/research orientations for your classes and can adjust my schedule to fit your class meeting times. These are information-packed, hands-on sessions held in the library’s classroom.
    You can find me at the Reference Desk in the Library, phone me at 651-423-8345 or e-mail me at Barbara.Tuttle@dctc.edu.

    October 21, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1761

  • Read this blog as an RSS feed

    RSS is a technology that allows you to receive web page updates (or “feeds”) as they happen, without having to go to the web page. Most blogs and news sites are available via RSS, so you can subscribe, get all of your updates in one place, and not have to check each web site a million times a day.
    Here’s how to subscribe to the DCTC Library blog using Outlook:

    1. In Outlook, click on Tools and select Account Settings from the drop down menu.
    2. Click on the RSS Feeds tab in the window that pops up.
    3. Click on New.
    4. Copy and paste https://blogs.dctc.edu/library/feed/ into the box that pops up.
    5. Click on the Add button.

    Your RSS subscriptions will appear under RSS Feeds in your Outlook mail folders, right between Outbox and Sent Items.

    Google offers a free, web-based feed reader which you can access from anywhere. See their instructions on how to add feeds and start reading!

    October 15, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1705

  • New titles in September 2008

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

    Marvelous minds : the discovery of what children know
    MAIN BF723.C5 S52 2008

    Ethics in psychology and the mental health professions : standards and cases
    MAIN BF76.4 .K46 2008

    The Columbia gazetteer of the world
    REFERENCE G103.5 .C645 2008

    The power of place : geography, destiny, and globalization’s rough landscape
    MAIN GF41 .D42 2009

    Outdoor safety
    AV GV191.78 .O98 1991

    Judgement on the water a lesson in small boat safety
    AV GV838.53.S24 J82 1999

    Injury facts

    The global environment, natural resources, and economic growth
    MAIN HD75.6 .G745 2008

    Working Americans, 1880-2005
    REFERENCE HD8066 .D47 2005

    Wiley GAAP 2008 : interpretation and application of generally accepted accounting principles
    MAIN HF5616.U5 W55

    Wiley CPA exam review 2008:
    Auditing and attestation MAIN HF5657.C47 A8 2008
    Regulation MAIN HF5661.W55 W45 2008
    Business environment and concepts MAIN HF5667.C47 B8 2008
    Finance accounting and reporting MAIN HF5667.C47 F5 2008

    Voice and video conferencing fundamentals
    MAIN HF5734.7 .F57 2007

    The American sign language phrase book
    MAIN HV2475 .F36 2008

    Adobe PhotoShop forensics : sleuths, truths, and fauxtography
    MAIN HV8073 .B3558 2008

    Pass the U.S. citizenship exam
    REFERENCE JK1758 .M37 2008

    Honorable men : my life in the CIA
    MAIN JK468.I6 C59 1978

    The Minnesota legal directory
    REFERENCE KF192.M55 M56

    Patent, copyright & trademark
    REFERENCE KF2980 .P38 2007

    Patent it yourself
    MAIN KF3114.85 .P74 2008

    Tax guide
    REFERENCE KF6285 .P72

    Safe driving: a school bus driver’s series
    City driving AV LB2864 .S241 2003
    Defensive driving AV LB2864 .S242 2001
    Emergency maneuvers AV LB2864 .S243 2001
    Using your mirrors AV LB2864 .S244 2000

    The route to safer driving: a bus driver’s series
    Seeing hazards AV LB2864 .S245 2000
    Driving techniques AV LB2864 .S246 2000

    The architect’s handbook of professional practice
    REFERENCE NA1996 .A726 2008

    Always on : language in an online and mobile world
    MAIN P107 .B37 2008

    The new Oxford book of English verse, 1250-1950
    MAIN PR1174 .G3 1972

    The Oxford book of American short stories
    MAIN PS648.S5 O94 1992

    A guide to the elements
    REFERENCE QD466 .S78 2002

    The American West at risk : science, myths, and politics of land abuse and recovery
    MAIN QH76.5.W34 W555 2008

    Body structures & functions
    MAIN QP34.5 .F66 1998

    Bioethics : an introduction to the history, methods, and practice
    MAIN R724 .B4583 2007

    Clinical ethics : a practical approach to ethical decisions in clinical medicine
    MAIN R724 .J66 2006

    The truth about cancer
    MAIN RC261 .T78 2008

    Oxford handbook of anxiety and related disorders
    REFERENCE RC531 .O94 2009

    Depression, the mood disease
    MAIN RC537 .M65 2006

    After the war zone : a practical guide for returning troops and their families
    MAIN RC550 .S548 2008

    Making sense of IBS : a physician answers your questions about irritable bowel syndrome
    MAIN RC862.I77 L33 2006

    First aid for thermal burns
    AV RC87 .T45 1992

    MAIN RC931.O67 O88 2006

    Stedman’s plastic surgery, ENT, & dentistry words
    REFERENCE RD118 .S745 2008

    Back pain
    MAIN RD771.B217 B33 2006

    Electrical burns
    AV RD96.5 .E43 2004

    Pregnancy and parenting after thirty-five : mid life, new life
    MAIN RG556.6 .M66 2006

    PDR concise drug guide for pediatrics
    REFERENCE RJ560 .P373 2007

    PDR drug guide for mental health professionals
    REFERENCE RM315 .P387

    Therapeutic recreation : processes and techniques
    MAIN RM736.7 .A96 2004

    PDR guide to drug interactions, side effects, and indications

    Pests of landscape trees and shrubs : an integrated pest management guide
    REFERENCE SB763.C2 D74 2004

    How to make patent drawings : a patent it yourself companion
    MAIN T223.U3 L6 2007

    Real world Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3
    MAIN T385 .F69145 2008

    Photoshop CS3 for forensics professionals : a complete digital imaging course for investigators
    MAIN T385.P54 R45 2007

    Means CostWorks 2008
    AV TH880 .G74 2008

    100 questions and answers on electrical safety
    MAIN TK152 .J659 2009

    Stallcup’s electrical design book
    REFERENCE TK3201 .S7324

    The White House years : triumph and tragedy
    MAIN TR140.A82 A38 1977

    Photoshop CS3 for nature photographers : a workshop in a book
    MAIN TR721 .A566 2007

    Crime scene photography
    MAIN TR822 .R63 2007

    Metal finishing
    REFERENCE TS653 .A1M47

    The fundamentals of fashion design
    MAIN TT507 .S67 2006

    InDesign CS for Macintosh and Windows
    MAIN Z253.532.A34 C638 2004

    Design to sell : use Microsoft Publisher to plan, write and design great marketing pieces
    MAIN Z253.532.M53 P367 2006

    QuarkXPress 6 for Macintosh and Windows
    MAIN Z253.532.Q37 W34 2004

    The International directory of little magazines and small presses
    REFERENCE Z6944.L5 D5 2006

    Encyclopedia of business information sources
    REFERENCE Z7164.C81 E93

    October 15, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 2217