Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Happy Constitution Day, Citizenship Day


Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, observed annually on September 17, commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”

Learn more about the Constitution and our government with Constitution Day resources from the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress American Memory website.

Watch the Emmy Award-winning series, The Constitution: That Delicate Balance online via Annenberg Learner. Geared at high school-aged learners and above, key political, legal, and media professionals engage in spontaneous and heated debates on controversial issues such as campaign spending, the right to die, school prayer, and immigration reform.

Teachers and home school parents will want to check out the collection of lesson plans, educational games and interactive modules available on the National Endowment of the Humanities website, EDSITEment.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can get the Library of Congress' The U.S. Constitution: Analysis and Interpretation app, which delivers the full text of “Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation”; contains a clause-by-clause discussion of the entire Constitution; discusses all Supreme Court cases and selected historical documents relevant to interpreting the Constitution; lists all federal, state, and local laws struck down by the Supreme Court, and all cases where the Court overturned its prior precedent.

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Get Homework Help from the Library

Fall is the season of cooler weather, autumn landscapes, toasty-hot comfort foods... and homework. Never fear—the library has homework resources for learners of all ages.

Tackle Homework

Starting September 30, students in grades K–8 are invited to our Homework Help sessions.

On Tuesdays from 5–7 pm at the Bealeton Library, National Honor Society students from Liberty High School will help students with homework or class assignments.

Students in grades 3–12 can also get homework help from a teacher via our online homework help service from Literati. Teachers are available to help with reading, writing, and math. To get online homework help, visit Literati and log in with your 10-digit library card number. Click the black Homework Help tab on the right to get started.

Research an Assignment

Not sure where to start with your next assignment? We recommend the library's online collection of information sources for students. Unlike an Internet search, our online collection contains reliable sources selected by experts.

Visit our Articles & Databases page to get started. Our offerings include:
You will be prompted to log in with your 10-digit library card number.

For help choosing the best sources for your assignment, visit our Literati service and scroll down to watch videos about finding and evaluating sources.

Older students tackling a research paper should definitely visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab to learn how to write a paper and format a bibliography.

Need More Help?

If you need assistance using the library, our librarians are here to help.

To get assistance, visit a branch or contact us by phone or email.

Becky @ Warrenton

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Library Catalog Tip - Customizing Your Search

When I'm working at the reference desk, I'm often asked if there is a list of all the DVDs the library owns, or perhaps all the CD books by a particular author.

For the first example, all DVDs the library owns, you can use the wildcard (*) search and limit by the material type:

  1. Go the Advanced Search page (see drop-down menu of More Searches on upper right of the catalog and select Advanced Search, click green arrow)
  2. In the Enter Search Terms section, in the first field (Any Field), put an asterisk (*)
  3. In the Add Limits section, under Material Type, highlight DVD VIDEO
  4. Hit the Submit key
For the second example, a list of all CD books by a particular author, you can do the following:
  1. Go the Advanced Search page (see drop-down menu of More Searches on upper right of the catalog and select Advanced Search, click green arrow)
  2. In the Enter Search Terms section, in the first field (Any Field), put the author's last name, first (i.e., Child, Lee) and change "Any Field" to AUTHOR
  3. In the Add Limits section, under Material Type, scroll down and highlight CD BOOKS
  4. Hit the Submit key

For more tips on using the library's online catalog, be sure to check our Help page.

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

e-Resource of the Month: Literati Public/CREDO Reference





Literati Public/CREDO Reference  is a great place for students to get started on their research. Not only does the service provide in-depth, high quality information from reference e-books, journals and scholarly articles on a given topic, it provides related entries in magazines, newspapers and the library's own catalog, ensuring researchers are exposed to all the library has to offer.
  • Educational e-content (encyclopedias, atlases, reference books, dictionaries) for K-12 through adult
  • Topic Pages which organize/present materials (reference e-books, magazine articles, etc.) by subjects including Art, Biographies, Philosophy, Technology and more!
  • The Mind Map feature for narrowing and broadening topics -- it helps students to visualize their topic and identify associated keywords - great for brainstorming
  • Subject-specific tutorials and videos that improve information literacy - topics include Genealogy Research and Applying for Jobs Online
  • Links to related items in the library catalog which you can place holds on/check out
  • FREE, Live Homework Help (staffed by teachers) for students in grades 3-12 for writing, reading and math. Live help is available from 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 am - 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Teachers and students collaborate in the virtual classroom via an interactive whiteboard!
  • Fun applications such as the Crossword Solver (enter '?' for the letter you are missing in your word)
You can access Literati through the library's online catalog and on the Articles & Databases page (under Encyclopedia & Reference).

Or, go to http://login.credoreference.com/libcard?id=7590 and enter in your 10-digit Fauquier County Public Library card number. If you don't have a library card, apply online today and access this database with a temporary number.

School is back in session and your library is here to help with great resources like Literati Public/CREDO Reference.

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Watch the U.S. Open Online

The U.S. Open website is streaming all U.S. Open matches for free -- without the need to verify that you’re a cable subscriber.

You can find a schedule of all the matches on the U.S. Open website.

iPad and iPhone users can access selected matches through the official U.S. Open iPhone app as well as the U.S. Open iPad app. The mobile app will carry live streams of all of the matches during Labor Day weekend (8-30 – 9/1) and the Finals weekend (9/5 – 9/8).

Android users can access live streams during Labor Day weekend (8-30 – 9/1) and the Finals weekend (9/5 – 9/8) through the U.S. Open Android app.

More tennis enjoyment can be found in the library's subscription to Tennis Magazine (current issue in-library use only, but back issues can be checked out) as well as instructional books, DVDs and biographies of previous U.S. Open winners such as Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Chris EvertJohn McEnroeRafael Nadal, Martina NavratilovaPete Sampras, Monica SelesSerena Williams and Venus Williams.

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian (and avid tennis player/fan)

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Smart Consuming - Electricity Rate Information

Wondering how your electric bill compares with someone who lives in a different part of the country or uses a different utility than you? The Utility Rate Database (URDB) allows you to search the rates of nearly 3,500 utilities by zip code or utility name. According to the Utilities Gateway, you can now "find out exactly how you are charged for your electric energy usage. Understanding this information can help reduce your bill, for example, by running your appliances during off-peak hours (times during the day when electricity prices are less expensive) and help you make more informed decisions regarding your energy usage."

For more ways to evaluate and reduce your energy consumption, check out the library's Green Building Resource Center series, made possible by a generous donation from the Green Building Resource Center (GBRC).

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Learn Technology Skills

Interested in mastering a technology or making the most of your new device?

Look no further than your library card. Here's a roundup of our online offerings for technology help, as well as librarian-recommended websites.

Library Resources

  • Atomic Training is a collection of video courses that cover computers, tablets, Microsoft Office, the Web, online research, and even web development.
  • You can download magazines with Zinio to your computer or device. We subscribe to Apple, iPhone / iPad Life, Mac World, PC Magazine, and PC World.
  • For more technology articles, our online Computer Collection has articles from hundreds of magazines for technology hobbyists and professionals.

New to Computers

  • Mousercise - Learn how to use a mouse. (A similar tutorial is available in Spanish.)
  • Typing Club - Learn how to type. You can register to save your progress, but registration is optional.

Learn Technology Skills

  • Common Craft - Friendly videos that explain how different technologies work.
  • DigitalLearn.org - Video courses on computer skills such as email and job searching.
  • GCF LearnFree.org - Online courses including iPad, social media, and Microsoft Office.
  • In Pictures - Illustrated tutorials for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
Remember: in addition to public computers, our branches have free WiFi and friendly staff members who can help with many basic computer questions.

Becky @ Warrenton

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