As with many observances around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th is celebrated in a variety of ways. From gift giving to rallies to public holiday observation IWD is recognized in over 40 countries. The tradition first began in February 1909 in the United States by the Socialist Party of America as a strategy to promote equal rights, including suffrage, for women and soon spread to Germany, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, Russia, and China by 1949. Historically, the date of observance floated into and out of February and March varying by year and location. By 1977 the United Nations General Assembly urged member states to declare March 8th as the day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. Present … Continued
When it comes to databases and journal article retrieval there’s really no such thing as TMI. You never know what random bit of information you’ll find from some of our most unique databases in the A-Z list. You may look at this list and think “I’ll never need that.” But challenge yourself to think beyond what you need, starting with a few of the databases mentioned below, FYI. Soon you’ll be singing a different tune about your daily life like, “Yoho, Yoho a Viking’s life for me.” The Daily Life Thru History database gives you organized and accessible info about eras from as far back as 10,000 BCE Greece to modern day America. Know your ancestry? Find out more … Continued
Not quite ready to come back to school? Crescendo into it by checking out some of our music resources; cue up a playlist while you’re unpacking, re-packing, or just relaxing. Every two weeks Alexander Street Press and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings are offering free downloads of world music and classical music from their otherwise subscription based databases. Recent selections include “You’re the One for Me,” performed by David “Honeyboy” Edwards and Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.” Need more music? Newsflash – Naxos isn’t just for Music Majors! Naxos Music Library lists genres like Blues, Pop & Rock, Jazz, and the ever-classic, Classic. Create playlists of crooners including Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, and Aretha Franklin, or a more contemporary list … Continued
Last year I had the opportunity to see the Late Show with David Letterman. He’s a Hoosier ya know (http://www.in.gov/visitindiana/about/famous.aspx). We were instructed to clap when the APPLAUSE sign lit up, act like he was the funniest person we’d ever met, and be quiet at all other times, including: don’t leave your seat, don’t shout out, and don’t chew gum. So you see, after doing my primary research I’m now qualified to present to you my own version of the Top Ten List (so this is what would be called a “secondary source,” right? Right!). Feel free to clap, or boo, to leave your seat, shout out, or chew gum! I can’t see you from here.
In case you didn’t notice, it SNOWED last week! This also means we’re entering cold and flu season; and it means you’re likely going to be “Google-ing” your symptoms. Don’t try to deny it! I recently took an online course from the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) on Health Information Literacy; which means understanding where to find good health information and how to evaluate it once you’ve located it. In addition to the excellent health related databases mentioned in last week’s blog, if you decide to search the web for information here are a few RUSA recommends: HealthfinderDeveloped by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Healthfinder links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 … Continued