Quick Health Info

I have a confession to make. Nature is not my thing. I admire it at a distance and usually through a window. Yet, I felt pretty good about myself over the weekend when I took my dog for a walk in the woods at a nearby park. The joy faded when I discovered an insect on my skin a few hours later. It was a tick. Panic nearly overcame me as medical books as old as I am were sought and talk of lit matches was bandied about the room. Then, I thought of the Health and Wellness Resource Center on the research page on the library’s website. Typing tick in the search box brought up a wealth of recent information which included how to take care of the bite and when to contact a doctor. It also included prevention information. Apparently, it helps to tuck your shirt into your pants. Whoops. Searching for sunburns and cuts also brought up useful information. Remember, accessing the library’s databases from home requires a username and password.

Ace your AP Exams!

The LearningExpress Library database offers practice tests in AP Biology, English Literature, Calculus and more. Head to any of our branches to use our public computers - or, if you've got a library card, access the tests from home!

New Electronic Database: the Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary is now available online at all library locations and to Ann Arbor District Library cardholders from home or office. The Oxford English Dictionary is a historical dictionary providing the meaning, etymology, pronunciation, and usage for over half a million words from across the English-speaking world.

The advanced search offers some useful features. You can use wildcards in your search. The question mark, “?”, can be used to replace any one single character. The asterisk, “*”, can be used to represent any number of characters (or no character at all). In the advanced search you can combine two or more words in your search. You can use “and”, “or”, “and not”, and “near” to combine words. With “near” you can choose whether your search words need to appear within 1, 2, 5, or 10 words of each other.

If you want to find a word for a lover of words, then you can enter “love*”, select “near” and enter “words”, then choose within 2 words from the pull-down menu on the right.

The eight search results include logophile, defined as a lover of words.

Parent Bits - "ScreenTime" and Behavior

Parents struggle with creating healthy habits for children. One BIG issue these days is "Screen Time", homework, social behaviors, video games, computers, television, and how it all fits together. Perhaps these titles can help .... Taking Back Childhood and Grand Theft Childhood, or the following web site, and it's links.

David Walsh of the National Institute on Media and the Family, presented research on the topic at the Public Library Association 2008 Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in March 2008.

Homework Bits - The COUNTRY Report

"The COUNTRY REPORT"! DUE! AND the BOOK is checked OUT! Aaargh!!

Relax!
Get ARTICLES from "authorized" sources, through the Library Website!
Reach CULTUREGRAMS from HOME.
Choose "My Account" tab, and Login "username" and "password".
Choose "Research" tab and find CULTUREGRAMS.
It provides up-to-date information on countries and people.
It includes a State Edition with profiles on each state,
AND it tells you how to cite the article in your report.

Another great online resource for country information is the CIA World Factbook.

Online collections from the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library

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Notre Dame (Cathedral). Portal: “The Last Judgment” in North transept.; 1211-1427. Click image for larger view.

Whether you're looking for a local map from 1923 or the plan for the Piazza Del Campidoglio, searching for detail from a great work of art or architecture, consider browsing AAEL's Lantern Slide Collection, which includes thousands of digital images created from lantern slides showing architecture, cities, and landscapes from the late 19th and 20th centuries.

The AAEL also boasts a growing collection of Artists' Books in the form of art objects or art objects in the form of books. (The books require careful handling, so many are housed in the Special Collections Room and available by appointment.)

The Case of the Missing Mural

A Leonardo da Vinci mural not seen for 500 years and an engineer on a quest to find it, spurred on by the inscription Cerca trova, or "Search, you shall find." Sounds like the makings of a great mystery! Listen to the story of da Vinci’s mural, The Battle of Anghiari, on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

Need to do some art investigation of your own? Check out the Grove Dictionary of Art database to find artist biographies and images of their work.

Join An Online Book Group!

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Do you enjoy reading book jackets and covers? Do you have five minutes in your day to enjoy a excerpt from a book in your favorite genre? Well then a Online Book Group is for you!!!

A few months back, I joined 3 online Book Discussion Groups. Each Week (Monday-Friday), you start a new book and read a few pages a day, so by the end of the week you have read a chapter or two of a book that may become one of your favorites. Choose from: Business, Non-fiction, Classics, Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Horror, Teen, Science Fiction, and more!

Readers can comment about book selections several places throughout the site and are encouraged to email Suzanne (the leader of the groups) with any suggestions or questions.

You can check this out at http://www.dearreader.com/

Join a Book Group Today!

I heard it on NPR…and found it at AADL

Heard a great interview on NPR? Want to use a news story in your research paper?

Transcripts and audio files from NPR shows, like Morning Edition and All Things Considered, are available in our Academic OneFile database.

When you’re searching, enter the program name in the 'publication title' field to find transcripts from a particular show. If you’re searching for content by keyword or subject, choose the 'multimedia' tab to see any NPR results.

Library cardholders can access the database from home.

How do you make a rat laugh?

By tickling it, of course!

According to neuroscientist Dr. Jaak Panksepp, laughter isn’t just a human phenomenon - rats laugh, too.

Hear ticklish rats laughing and an interview with Panksepp on the “Laughter” episode of NPR’s Radio Lab.

Intrigued by animal emotions? Read the Psychology Today article about Panksepp’s research and his critics in our General Reference Center Gold database. Library cardholders can read the article from home.

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