Troy Swanson

Pro/Con on Major Issues from CQ Researcher

The library subscribes to the CQ Researcher database. It is an excellent source for broad views on new topics. So, if you are working on a paper or speech about a new topic, visit CQ to get grounded in the current debate on that topic. One of the new features that CQ offers is a Pro/Con on Major Issues. This is really useful for recognizing the multiple sides to a debate.

GreenFile Database Added to the Library Web site

We are happy to announce that the library has added the GreenFILE database to our online information resources. This can be accessed at our online database page (look under G on the list). You need to enter your name and barcode found on your student ID to access this from home.This database provides a range of new resources that focus on sustainability and environmental issues. For instance, here is a link to a review from BioCycle magazine of Garbage Land: NAVIGATING THE HOUSEHOLD WASTE STREAM.Here is the official description of this database from EBSCO:EBSCO proudly offers GreenFILE, a freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology.

Obama vs McCain on Health Care from the NEJM

The New England Journal of Medicine is one of our country’s most prestigious medical publications, and in the August 21st, 2008, issue, the NEJM published Jonathan Oberlander’s article, The Partisan Divide — The McCain and Obama Plans for U.S. Health Care Reform, which is available in print in the library or by following the link to the NEJM’s Web site. This article is a useful review of the differences between these two candidates and to the underlying philosophical differences between our two major political parties.From my reading of the article, the McCain plan emphasizes the need to support market forces and use them to impact our health care system, while the Obama plan starts with the understanding of shared responsibility to cover individuals. But, don’t take my word for it. Read the article for yourself.

Price of Oil

Price of Oil
This BBC News feature page on the price of oil includes articles, analysis, maps, and charts.  This could be especially useful for students who are topic shopping for a paper.  This page provides a great starting point into research on oil prices and some of the complexity in the oil markets.

EBSCO’s New Cool Interface!

Several of our library’s most used article databases come to us on the EBSCO platform. Over the summer, EBSCO has updated their interface to include some new features. The feature I like the best is the new display for search results which shows articles, images, options to limit by source type, and options to limit by subjects. The displays for RSS feeds, search alerts and saved searches are also easier to see and use. You can link to articles, or to searches. Here is a link to a search about Darfur and the United Nations.

When you click on it, notice the images to the right, and notice that link that says “alerts/save/share”, which gives you links and options to post to books marking sites. The following databases are from EBSCO and can be accessed on our online database page:

  •  Academic Search Premier
  • Business Source Elite
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
  • Newspaper Source
  • Psychology & Behavioral Science
  • Regional Business News

Information Sources on Earthquakes

Well, the news was a flutter with discussion of last night’s earthquake. If you missed it, take a look at: Midwest Quake Felt Far and Wide from CNN. By the way, I was told that today marks the 102nd anniversary of the San Francisco Quake & Fire of 1906.Here’s some info forwarded to our library from the Illinois State Library Federal Depository Library Email List: Information on this morning’s earthquake near Bellmont, Illinois can be found at the following site: Earthquake summary from U.S. Geological Survey. This site deals specifically with this morning’s earthquake and includes links to maps, and a site called Did You Feel It?, where you can report whether you felt the earthquake.Other Earthquake Information Resources

For those of you REALLY interested in earthquakes, you may want to stop by the library and grab The encyclopedia of earthquakes and volcanoes by David Ritchie

The Complete Works of Darwin Online

This one is for you historians & biologists…

The Complete Works of Darwin

This site contains Darwin’s complete publications, thousands of handwritten manuscripts and the largest Darwin bibliography and manuscript catalogue ever published; also hundreds of supplementary works: biographies, obituaries, reviews, reference works and more.

Cambridge University Libraries has put this out for free.  What a great service!

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