Thursday, October 23, 2014

Speaking About Immigration...

The Department of Social Sciences is proud to present Katharine Donato, the Chair of the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University, and author of Continental Divides: International Migration in the America, to speak on the topic of immigration on October 27th at 7pm in Greenfelder-Delinger Boardroom A. 

In honor of Katharine's presentation, Cannon Memorial Library is displaying books centered around the topic of immigration. We welcome you to come over and view these fascinating, eye-opening books.  

In addition to the books on display, shown below are several e-books on immigration that you can read anywhere, at anytime! Get informed before her presentation by reading one today. We have whatever your interest is, be it biographical, historical, political, or fiction. Just click on the image to open the book from the catalog. Plus, you can search the catalog for even more books relating to immigration experiences!

"The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources--because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and people."
-Lyndon B. Johnson

Contact the reference desk if you ever have any questions on where to locate information on immigration.

- Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Sunday, October 19, 2014

American Nerd and Beautiful Chemistry

We now have a print copy of American Nerd: The Story of My People (Benjamin Nugent, 2009) ready for check-out. Here's a description of the book from EBSCOhost's Book Index with Reviews database:
"A social exploration of the concept of the intellectual misfit presents a tour of nerd subcultures while tracing the personality's evolution in the media, literature, and society, in a report that reveals lesser-known common traits and interests among various subcultures."

To find more books like this one, search the library from the home page for such terms as: nerd; geek; gifted persons; popular culture; digital media; or technology and youth.

Off-campus folks: Fill out the Book Request Form linked to the library home page under the Services > Forms tab to have print circulating books shipped to you from the library. (We pay to ship to you; you pay to ship them back.)

Or, satisfy your inner-geek with a visit to the Beautiful Chemistry website. One of its videos was featured in the online Time magazine article "These Amazing Chemical Reactions Will Show You the True Beauty of Science" (8Oct14 reprint of Rachel Oakley's Lost at E Minor article). Talk about beautiful chemistry.
Then, enjoy looking through Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art (Harry W. Greene, 2013), another eBook in our collection that continues the discussion of science as art.

What a great day for Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out, wouldn't you say?

--Sandy Hawes, Online Services Librarian

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Videos to Learn From

Do you need to access educational videos but don’t know where to go?  If so, look no further than the following websites.  Whether you are a professor needing a video to supplement your lectures, or if you are a student needing to understand a topic, there is something for you here.
  • YouTube EDU: Videos on the following topics: medicine, lifelong learning, education, primary and secondary education, business, university, science, mathematics, social science, humanities, arts, history, engineering, law, and languages.
  • Edutopia: Focuses on K-12 education but offers an assortment of evidence-based teaching strategies for all levels and disciplines.
  • Canal Educatif a la Demande: Educational videos within the arts, economics, and science.  Many videos are in French with English Subtitles.

These are just some of the examples of the types of videos you can view from the websites.  If you have any issues locating a particular website or video, please contact us.

- Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian

Thursday, October 9, 2014

JSTOR Daily Launches with Free Access to Popular Articles

Ever wish you had the time simply to explore JSTOR? Since it has thousands of journals with electronic copies of each title starting with volume one, issue one, relying on serendipity to guide you can be challenging. Now there's help...

October 1, 2014, JSTOR launched its open-access JSTOR Daily online magazine, featuring short, blog-style articles on a wide range of popular and general-interest topics. Each piece is designed to lead you further into JSTOR's cache of academic material. Sections feature pieces on: Arts & Culture; Business & Economics; Politics & History; Science & Environment; and Education & Tech. 

Each JD piece includes links to relevant JSTOR articles and makes them open to the public. Of course, once something piques your curiosity, you'll want to log into the library's subscription to "dig deeper" on your own.

For example, "Infection Control 600 Years Before the CDC," by James MacDonald, appears in the Science & Environment section (9Oct14) and highlights relevant articles from 1917, 1951, and 2007. Seems ripped from today's headlines, right?

Read the full announcement in the 9Oct14 Library Journal article, "JSTOR Launches Free Online Magazine for Popular Audience." (Just remember: This is a Beta service.) 

--Sandy Hawes, Online Services Librarian

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Need Something to Read: Try a New E-Book

Cannon Memorial Library recently added new e-books to the collection. Whatever your interest, we are sure to have something for you. To read any of the new e-books shown below, just click on the image to link directly to the e-book. From there, you can automatically read it online or download to read offline at any time.

Check out the library catalog or our e-book page for other e-books already in the collection. Please contact a reference librarian if you have any questions regarding e-books.  Happy reading!

-Theresa Whitehead, Distance Learning Librarian