Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Staff Picks: Happy Halloween!

From Sunset magazine, this collection of Halloween activities includes jack-o'-lanterns and other pumpkin craft ideas, fun foods to make (such as "broomstick breadsticks" and meringue ghosts), plant decorations, and candy bags.

(Copyright © 2006, Librarians' Internet Index, LII.)


Events: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

From the campaign website for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month it contains fact sheets about breast cancer in general (including risk factors), early detection of the disease using mammograms, and breast cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy. Breast cancer awareness is recognized annually in October.

(Copyright © 2006, Librarians' Internet Index, LII)


Friday, October 27, 2006

Events: New Movie Releases for Oct. 23-27

New movies that are now available:

They shoot movies, don't they?
Waging a Living
Dead Man on Campus
Man of La Mancha
Money Talks
The Maltese Falcon
Monster House
Three Men and a Cradle
Seventeen Years
The Road to Guantanamo



Thursday, October 26, 2006

Events: Books on CD's!!

Clemens Library now has Books on CD!

Some of them can be found in the display "Clemens Reads" (across from the circulation desk). We also have a link that you can use to see if any of the titles listed below are available:

If you can't find the one you are looking for, please ask at the circulation desk.

Loan period is the same as books (28 days).

Books on CD available at Clemens Library:

Ordinary Heroes
No Country for Old Men
The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Shadow of the Wind
Breakfast of Champions
Three Junes
The Murder Room
Animals in Translation
The Secret Life of Bees
After This
The Kalahari Typing School for Men
The Night Listener
Elvis in the Morning
Brokeback Mountain
Bel Canto
Naked in Baghdad
The Known World
The World According to Garp
Against All Enemies
In Cold Blood
A Confederacy of Dunces
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Life of Pi
The Lighthouse
The Memory of Running
The Kite Runner
The Blind Assassin


Reference Resources: The Power of a Stereotype

When former Harvard University President Lawrence Summers speculated last year that women might not be as scientifically talented as men, he sparked a furious debate about the gender gap in science and engineering. Now, two psychologists at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, say that Summers's remarks--and similar theories about innate sex differences--could themselves hurt women's performance in science and math.

Read the entire article at ScienceNow.


Reference Resources: A Bumpy Road for Stem Cells

There's good news and bad news from the world of embryonic stem cell research. A team has successfully treated Parkinson's disease in rats by transplanting nerve cells derived from human embryonic stem cells, but it has also found that these transplanted cells can form tumors in the brain.

Read the full article at ScienceNow.


Friday, October 20, 2006

Reference Resources: Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online

The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online is a website maintained by the University of Cambridge and it contains over 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. If you want to find Darwin's personal journals, letters, and manuscripts, this is the place to look. You can also find multiple editions of the Origin of Species freely available. Check back often as new items are added daily.


Events: New Movie Releases (Oct. 20, 2006)

Here are the new movie releases for this week:

House, M.D. Season Two
Iraq for Sale
Over the Hedge
Jules and Jim
Solo con tu Pareja
The Spirit of the Beehive
Hanover Street
This is my Father
To Gillian on her 37th Birthday
The Deep End of the Ocean
The Winslow Boy
American Dreamz
The Break-up
Streets of Fire
The Cider House Rules

Got any suggestions? Post them to the Blog!


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Staff Picks: Caffeine Content of Common Beverages

Caffeine Content of Common Beverages is a quick reference to caffeine content of selected beverages, including coffee, tea, soft drinks, and energy drinks. Provides a brief introduction to caffeine, "a substance that exists naturally in certain plants. ... It can also be produced synthetically and added to foods and beverages." From the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

(Copyright © 2006, Librarians' Internet Index, LII.)


Monday, October 16, 2006

Events: RefWorks Workshop~ Thursday

Computer-Created Citations and Bibliography!


It is that EASY- Learn How!

Why stress over your bibliography page when RefWorks can do it all for you?

Quick information sessions:

Monday, Oct. 16- Clemens Computer Lab (CSB) 4:00pm
Thursday, Oct. 19- Simons G60 (SJU) 4:00pm

Questions? Contact Sarah Gewirtz at ext.2601 or sgewirtz@csbsju.edu

Friday, October 13, 2006

Events: New Movie Releases

Got a DVD/Video from our collection you'd like to recommend to others? Feel free to post your comments on the blog!

Also, check out metacritic.com to find reviews on DVD's, video games, music and more!

Here are your new movie releases for Friday, October 13th:

Changing Times
The King
Art School Confidential
12 and Holding
Power Trip
A Prairie Home Companion
The Clay Bird (Matir Moina)
The Big Animal (Duze Zwierze)
Elizabeth I
Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family
Don’t Say a Word
My Family and Other Animals
La Tropical


Reference Resources: Shakespeare Searched

Shakespeare Searched is a search engine "designed to provide quick access to passages from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets." Search results can be viewed by topic (such as love or death), work, and character. Includes options to view surrounding text of the passages and citations. The text of the plays is courtesy of Moby Lexical Tools. From the Clusty search software company.

(Copyright © 2006, Librarians' Internet Index)


Reference Resource: A New Stem Cell Blueprint

"California's schemes for funding human embryonic stem (ES) cell research took a step forward on 4 October, as the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) unveiled a draft 149-page "strategic plan" for the next 10 years. The blueprint posits modest progress and predicts that ES-cell based therapies won't reach clinical trials for at least a decade."

See full article at ScienceNow


Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Events: New Movie Releases

For those that might have to be here for long weekend, check out these new DVD's at your libraries:

The Noah
Thank You for Smoking
Once in a Lifetime
X-Men: The Last Stand
Rude Boy
The Rock
The Ghost and the Darkness


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Historical Statistics of the United States

The library has purchased online access to the recently released Millennial Edition of the Historical Statistics of the United States.

Inside you will find over 37,000 annual time series of quantitative historical information. All aspects of American history are covered, back to the beginning of our nation.

Give it a try!



Monday, October 02, 2006

Events: THANK YOU~ Popular Magazine Survey!

Thank you for taking time to fill out our Popular Magazine Survey. We closed the survey on Friday, and have just begun looking at the results. Many titles were ones we would have never thought about if it weren't for your responses!

Again, thank you for taking time to fill out the survey and letting us know your thoughts. We appreciate hearing how we can make YOUR library a better place!