Friday, February 29, 2008

eResource of the Month for March: Oxford Reference Online Premium

Popular with students and life-long learners, Oxford Reference Online Premium is a top-quality resource for serious researchers. Access a wealth of facts, figures, definitions, and translations from over 175 Oxford reference titles, many of which are in-depth, scholarly articles from titles in the acclaimed Oxford Companions series, plus all 20,000 quotations from the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

Subjects covered include Art & Architecture, the Biological Sciences, Classics, Computing, Food & Drink, Religion & Philosophy and many more.

The database's quick search option means you can explore words and ideas from a variety of different perspectives at once. For example, search for "postmodernism" across the database, and you will get results from, among others, dictionaries of art, literary terms, geography, and politics - enabling you to broaden your research with speed and ease. The advanced search allows you not only to search the database as a whole, but also to restrict your search to specific subjects or individual titles.

If you want to sound "in the know" at your next cocktail party, sign up for their free Fact of the Day service and receive a daily dose of fascinating facts.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Drug Information Portal

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently launched a database that covers over 12,000 drugs, including prescription and non-prescription drugs, dietary supplements, drugs of abuse and investigational drugs. You can search by brand name (Advil) or generic name (ibuprofen) or browse by class of drug (prescription, over-the-counter, dietary supplements, drugs of abuse and investigational). The database also breaks down information by audience, so resources for students and educators, health professionals or even drugs that specifically affect breastfeeding mothers. Additional information can be found at your local library.

Life Long Learning Online

Don't feel like driving to the video store? Want to increase your knowledge of the world around you? Check out Annenberg Media's on-demand instructional videos "for college and high school classrooms and adult learners." While the site is geared at educators, topics of interest to adult/life-long learners include foreign language, the arts, mathematics, science and history. The site requires free registration and you'll definitely need a broadband connection to view the content.

If you prefer the "offline" approach, the library also has some terrific audio-visual materials, specifically the Great Courses series on compact disc, DVD and VHS formats. Reserve materials from your home computer and pick them up at your local library.

Friday, February 1, 2008

eResource of the Month for February: NoveList

Looking for a book? NoveList is your guide to fiction and is free through Fauquier County Public Library. Features include:

  • Search for books by Author, Title, Series Name and Keyword
  • Series titles in reading order ensure you read titles in the correct/logical order
  • Author Read-alikes provide suggestions of other authors who write like your favorite
  • Use your favorite title to find more books on similar subjects
  • Lists of award-winning fiction and genre fiction (westerns, romances, thrillers, science fiction, etc.) are perfect for browsers
  • Book Discussion Guides are great for book clubs
  • Links to items in the library's online catalog so you can place a hold, pick titles up from your local library
  • My NoveList - Sign in to save search results and create and alerts. You can also save lists and retrieve previously saved lists. All items are saved in a folder that only you can access.
  • Special feaures, including annotated booklists for Black History Month to help you find fiction by African-Americans and featuring African-American characters
NoveList is available 24/7 -- all you need is a Fauquier County Public Library card and you can log in from home.