Funny Cat Videos or Historical Perspective – Take Your Pick

By Debra Kirby Like so many fellow “political junkies” I know, the current U.S. presidential election season has provided more than enough fodder to hold our interest—sometimes a little too much! From checking polling websites and political news coverage numerous times a day to spending way too much time in the evenings watching cable TV, all while using … Read more

U•X•L Titles: “Valuable” and “Recommended” Resources

Searching for comprehensive reference books with information presented in an attractive, inviting way? The U•X•L  family is an “extraordinary, ambitious” collection “recommended” for serving the reference needs of middle school students. Producing several types of books: Encyclopedias, Biographies, Almanacs, Chronologies, and Primary Source volumes, U•X•L titles offer a number of ways to explore a particular subject.

The reviews speak for themselves…

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American Governance: An “Exceptional” Resource

Searching for  “exceptional” content suitable for high school or undergraduate students? Your search stops here with American Governance. Supported by images and primary source documents, the 700 original, peer-reviewed entries written by content specialists present topics of American governance in a clear and compelling manner. American Governance engages users in developing higher understanding of America’s complete system of governance.

This title was reviewed on Booklist OnlineAugust 2016

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Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day!

By Traci Cothran I visited Greenfield Village last weekend – an outdoor historical museum in the Detroit area—and was amazed by the intricate Jacquard Loom, invented around 1800.  It’s a weaving loom with a continuous loop of 622 punch cards that directed the intricate pattern to be woven into the cloth; the cards could be … Read more

Vampires, Skeletons, and Monsters

As Halloween approaches, readers with an interest in the eerie and macabre side of literary history can find plenty to keep them up at night in Literature Criticism Series. Volume 200 of Short Story Criticism, for example, is a triple-feature of horror, with entries on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella Carmilla, William Faulkner’s “A Rose … Read more

New Titles Added to the InfoTrac Collections in September 2016

InfoTrac provides what 21st-century researchers expect: instant access to complete, up-to-date content. Put the world’s leading journals and reference sources at your users’ fingertips, with easy-to-use features and unique search tools enabling discovery. Not an InfoTrac customer and interested in learning more? Get started today. The titles below have been recently added and can be located … Read more

Enhance Research with Opposing Viewpoints In Context

By Holly Hibner If there’s one source I love during a presidential election year, it is the Opposing Viewpoints In Context database! This is a librarian’s dream because our patrons are looking for information on all kinds of controversial topics, and matching their own stance to that of the candidates. Opposing Viewpoints presents all sides … Read more

Digitizing Early Arabic Printed Books: A Workshop

In partnership with Brown University Middle East Studies, Gale is excited to present Digitizing Early Arabic Books: A Workshop.  The event will feature presentations and talks with scholars of Middle East and Arabic Studies. Gale will also present a demonstration of  Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library  , the new DH Sandbox, and text … Read more

eBook Search Tips on Health Topics of Interest

eBook Search Tips

Forty-four percent of public library researchers are seeking health information, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Some of those users may even be looking to try out a new diet.

Patrons will be on the hunt for reliable, authoritative information. They will likely have heard about trendy diets from friends or on the Internet. One diet that is increasing in popularity is the ketogenic diet. A diet that limits the amount of carbohydrates a person intakes in a day to stimulate weight loss and other health benefits. A GVRL search is a great place to find out what’s involved.

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eBook Search Tips for Small Business Researchers

eBook Search Tips

Many users come to the library for small business support, especially at the ideation stage as they investigate options and resources for developing a business plan, identify funding sources and research other start-up activities.

A great way to connect local entrepreneurs with business eBooks is to create a custom subcollection or search widget, linked directly from your library’s business resources page. These technique shortcuts a search of the A-Z list of databases and provides additional paths to your valuable content.

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