Tuesday, September 18, 2007

News As It Happened

History buffs may want to take a look at OldMagazineArticles.com, which is a site for -- you guessed it -- old magazine articles. Topics covered include American Civil War History, Women's Fashion Society and Manners, European Royalty and more. For students doing papers on specific eras or events in history, reading articles that cover the events as they happened can be especially compelling. According to the Web site's owner, the old articles, essays, poetry, cartoons and photographs that can be found on the site have all been collected from a number of different libraries, bookshops and yard sales throughout the United States and Europe and are, to the best of his knowledge, in the public domain.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Career Advancement Tools and Resources

There are a number of online resources that can help you find a job, negotiate the right pay and to help you with your overall career objectives. Many of these resources are free. Below are a selection of Web sites and library subscription databases that can assist you as you look for a new job or career path.

On the Web...

Monster.com -- Search for jobs, post your resume for potential employers, access career-related videos and articles and even find schools to help you achieve your career goals. Probably one of the most popular career sites out there. Includes a Diversity & Inclusion job search with listings from employers that are actively seeking qualified diversity candidates.

Salary.com -- Includes popular tools like a salary wizard, jobs by salary range, articles on creating a resume, etc., even a job assessor if you're faced with multiple job offers. The downside to all this information is that you have to put up with a lot of advertising and upselling for premium ($$$) personalized salary reports.

At the Library...

Aside from items you can check out such topics as Cover letters, Occupations, Resumes and Vocational guidance, the library also subscribes to Peterson's Testing and Education Reference Center, which includes a specialized search for vocational schools, career colleges, information technology programs, executive education programs, and private secondary schools, as well as test prep for job skills assessment, civil service and licensing, military entrance and career placement. You can log on from home with your library card or use the high-speed connection on the library's computers and wireless network.

Offline Resources...

Lord Fairfax Community College -- Check out their Workforce Solutions site, which includes information on local courses and programs that provide personal and professional enrichment.

Culpeper Career Resource Center -- With a satellite office (the Workplace) located on Main St. in Warrenton, aims to help job seekers and small business owners in the county by providing a full line of job and career services, including job listings, internet access, computers with resume-building software, typewriters, fax and copy machines, telephone use, instructional videos on interviewing for employment.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

eResource of the Month: Encyclopaedia Britannica

When you hear the word "encyclopedia," do you envision a long row of books with dust covering them? If you haven't cracked open an encyclopedia lately, I suggest you check out the online version of Encyclopaedia Britannica, provided free-of-charge by Fauquier County Public Library.

Available for all ages as well as a version specifically for children, the encylopedia makes it easy to find the information you need. Simply type in your query into the search input box at the top of the page and find encyclopedia articles, photos, related Web sites and articles from scholarly journals and magazines. If you just need a definitition of your search term, you can select the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as your source versus the encyclopedia. If you want to refine your search, you can choose Advanced Search and limit your search to just multimedia or Web sites. You can also browse articles A-Z or by subject if you're not exactly sure what you're looking for.

Other highlights include...

Multimedia
Extended play videos as well as short video clips are available on a variety of educational topics. These videos can be downloaded and placed in Microsoft Power Point presentations.

Statistics
The World Data Analyst allows you to create tables/charts which can be exported into Excel and the "Ranked Statistics" tool is handy when you need to compare a group of countries. You can also use the compare countries tool for a quick side-by-side comparison of different countries.

Learning Materials
Available in Britannica Online for Kids, includes standards-based worksheets, activities and exercises covering language arts, math, science and social studies curriculum.


Spotlight
Every month, the experts at Encyclopaedia Britannica pull together a collection of resources (biographies, articles, related Web sites, videos, etc.) on a specific topic, such as Hispanic Heritage or a Guide to Shakespeare.


The above are just a few of the features of this extensive resource. There are guides to writing papers, interactive timelines, even a collection of quotations. I suggest you check out Encyclopaedia Britannica Online yourself and get lost in a world of knowledge. From home, simply go to the library's Web site and select "Databases" under Find Information. You'll see Encyclopaedia Britannica (Reference Center and Kids) listed under Encyclopedias & Reference. All you need to access is your library card number.


You can also ask staff at your local library to show you the Encyclopaedia Britannica in action. Look for the eResource of the Month display or ask the reference librarian for more information.