Gale Celebrates National Library Week — Free Access to 24 Databases

Quoting from the Gale Web:
“Coming April 18!
Celebrate information with integrity – the resources in your library

Thomson Gale, known around the world for information integrity, honors the nation’s libraries by hosting a free-for-all – free, unlimited access to 24 diverse databases during National Library Week, April 18-24.

Some of the databases to which free access will be provided include: Gale Virtual Reference Library, InfoTrac Religion and Philosophy, Consulte (Spanish language), History Resource Center – Modern World, History Resource Center – U.S., Busines & Company Resource Center, and Legal Trac. Visit

Fundamentals of OOP and data structures in Java

Fundamentals of OOP and data structures in Java: “is a text for an introductory course on classical data structures. Part One of the book presents the basic principles of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and Graphical User Interface (GUI) programming with Java as the example language. Part Two introduces each of the major data structures with supporting, GUI-based laboratory programs designed to reinforce the basic concepts and principles of the text. These laboratories allow the reader to explore and experiment with the properties of each data structure. All source code for the laboratories is available on the web. By integrating the principles of OOP and GUI programming, this book takes the unique path of presenting the fundamental issues of data structures within the context of paradigms that are essential to today’s professional software developer. The authors assume the reader has only an elementary understanding of Java and no experience with OOP.” (from Publisher Description)

Data structures and algorithms in C++

Data structures and algorithms in C++: ” Provides a comprehensive introduction to data structures and algorithms, including their design, analysis, and implementation. Each data structure is presented using ADTs and their respective implementations * Helps provide an understanding of the wide spectrum of skills ranging from sound algorithm and data structure design to efficient implementation and coding of these designs in C++ Wiley Higher Education.” (from Publisher’s Description)

A complete manual of amateur astronomy : tools and techniques for astronomical observations

A complete manual of amateur astronomy : New book in the library’s collection. “This readable guide to observing the sky provides amateur and student astronomers with practical knowledge of telescope use and astronomical photography, describes astronomical phenomena that can be observed, and gives ideas for research projects.” (From Book News)

Enron: The Rise and Fall

Enron: The Rise and Fall: This is a new title in the Moraine Valley Library. “Although the collapse of Enron has been a central focus for the media throughout the past year, it’s hard to know if we got the whole story on this former energy giant. In Enron: The Rise and Fall, investigative journalist Loren Fox attempts to clarify the whole business. The book is based on rigorous research and indepth interviews with many Enron insiders and traces the company’s evolution, expansion, corruption and descent. It explores the role deregulation, Arthur Andersen, Wall Street analysts and politics played in the eventual implosion of this firm.” (From CMA Management. 76:10 (Feb 2003): p. 6)

The Interstate Highway System

Got a topic-shopping COM student? S/he might consider the Interstate Highway System. The Summer 1996, Vol. 60, No. 1 issue of “Public Roads” magazine (available full-text through ProQuest) offers a history of the system, a contemporary evaluation, and articles on the poetry, art and movies inspired by the open road. Original source documents can be found in the Eisenhower Archives, and the Smithsonian offers a collection of images in the site’s America on the Move section, including one of a poster protesting a highway’s construction. Also, the USDOT Federal Highway Administration offers a list of links on highway history.

April Fools’ Redux

According to the “Folklore of American Holidays” (REF GT4803.F65 1991), the origin today’s holiday (AKA “All Fools’ Day”) “is uncertain, but it seems to have come about it France as a result of the change to the Gregorian calendar in 1582 when New Year’s was moved from March 25 to January 1. Thus, the first April fools may have been people who failed to make proper adjustment. In Mexico, where the borrowing of trivial items and the failure to return them is a feature, a similar day is celedrated on 28, and some countries like Germany and Norway have two such days on the first and last dates in April.” p 175.

The Jesus Seminar

The Jesus Seminar: “Convened in 1985 by Robert W. Funk, the Jesus Seminar has become a lightning rod for international debate about the “historical Jesus” – that is, the real facts about the person to whom various Christian gospels refer. The Seminar’s on-going project has been to evaluate the historical significance of every shred of evidence about Jesus from antiquity (about 30-200 CE). Over the past seventeen years more than 200 scholars from North America & beyond have participated in its semi-annual meetings.” (Site hosted by Rutgers University)