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August 29, 2005

Reference Desk Hours at Kelvin Smith Library

The Reference Desk returns to its standard Fall Semester Hours today (August 28, 2005).

  • Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m.

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August 22, 2005

Case Research Databases Get A New Look

Welcome back to the start of a new academic year. If you haven't already noticed you will soon see that we have created a new interface for our research databases. You can now select a subset of resources based on a wide array of subject categories. For example it is no longer necessary to look through the entire list of arts and humanities databases to find the one that best suits your needs. There are 18 smaller subject categories within A&H. Similar breakdowns have been created for all other major disciplines and new subjects have been added. Of course you can still look at the entire group if you want or if you know the name of the database you want use jump list to go directly to that part of the list.

We hope this new interface proves helpful. We welcome comments at Have a great semester!

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August 19, 2005

Libraries & the USA PATRIOT Act

A Congressional Research Service Report to Congress (July 6, 2005) summarized the USA PATRIOT Act and how it relates to libraries. At only 6 pages, it a nice short summary of libraries and the PATRIOT Act.

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August 15, 2005

Writing a Check: Understanding Your Rights

The ResourceShelf (August 7, 2005) shared a PDF file from the U.S. Department of the Treasury that describes how checks are processed and the rights of the issuer.

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August 12, 2005

2003 County Business Patterns

The ResearchShelf on August 9th shared information on the 2003 County Business Patterns, as released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The updated report contains a variety of information on businesses in more than 1,000 industries from the national level down to states and more than 3,100 counties. It provides data on the number of establishments, number of employees and quarterly and annual payroll based on the 2002 North American Industry Classification System.

Businesses and planners use the data to study economic activity and analyze economic changes over time in small areas.

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August 09, 2005

Oral Histories available free online

Alexander Publishing has announced that it will make available a database of over 2500 oral histories in English gathered from around the world. Called In The First Person the database provides in-depth indexing to allow for detailed searches.Text transcripts are available and links to many audio and video files as well. The database is free.
A description from the publisher's web site says:

"It allows for keyword searching of more than 260,000 pages of full-text by more than 9,000 individuals from all walks of life. It also contains pointers to at least 2,500 audio and video files and 16,000 bibliographic records.

The index is updated regularly. By the end of 2005, it will point to 350,000 pages of full text and 3,500 collections."

This is a fascinating collection which should be invaluable to many disciplines.

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Practice Tests Available Online

You can now practice taking such tests as GRE, GMAT, LSAT and many others online through a new service that is free to Ohio residents.

We learned in an announcement from OhioLINK Headquarters that "Starting July 1, the LearningExpress Library will be available to all Ohio residents through the state's public libraries, K-12 schools, colleges and community colleges, and adult education centers. LearningExpress Library provides online, interactive practice tests, career building tools, and writing aides.

The two year pilot project is funded by The State Library of Ohio and OPLIN with an additional Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to Libraries Connect Ohio, a collaborative project of the State Library of Ohio, OPLIN, OhioLINK, INFOhio and other library organizations. LearningExpress Library will join the core research databases Libraries Connect Ohio provides Ohioans.
LearningExpress Library offers students and adults unlimited, 24/7 access to targeted skill-building interactive courses in math, reading, and writing, as well as hundreds of online interactive practice tests that prepare them for several types of exams including grade school achievement tests, the SAT, GED, U.S. Citizenship, and civil service positions. Complete answer explanations accompany each response so that patrons understand why a particular answer is correct or incorrect.

All practice tests include instant diagnostic score reports that help patrons to target those skill areas that need the most attention. To help students master the SAT and recently added essay, instant score reports provide immediate feedback on how well they performed in each of five writing skill areas. LearningExpress Library can be accessed from any web-enabled computer in the library, computer lab, office, or home.

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August 04, 2005

Fuel Economy Trends

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a report titled Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2005. There are several appendices with large amounts of data. If you are in the market for a new car, the most interesting information might be the appendix titled Model Year 2005 Name Plate MPG listings.

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August 01, 2005

Looking up File Extensions

The File Extensions web site is a good resource for researching which software application is needed to utilize a file.

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