Friday, June 26, 2009

Supreme Knowledge

With the nomination of Sonia Maria Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, kids (and some adults!) may want to familiarize themselves with the U.S. Supreme Court via the new Our Courts Web site - its members, how it works, the three branches of government, tribal government and state resources. The site also provides teacher resources that cover the teaching of civics.

Other Web sites that cover the U.S. Supreme Court:
  • Supreme Court of the U.S. - The official site provides general information, opinions, term orders, argument calendar, schedules, court rules, bar admission forms and instructions, case-handling guides, special notices, biographies of current and past justices, architectural details, and press releases. Includes a search engine for finding documents.

  • Oyez.org - "The OYEZ Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality 'tour' of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices."

  • Supreme Court Historical Society - Dedicated to the "preservation and dissemination of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States," this site provides a history of the Court (including data on past and present justices), a description of the Court process, and a guide to researching the Court.
Also be sure to check out resources in the library's online catalog and LegalTrac, the online database that's free with your library card.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Personality-Type Assessments

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Look at the big picture or detail-oriented? Find out what type of personality you have with these personality assessment tools...
  • PersonalityType.com - Take a free personality type assessment to discover your type.
  • HumanMetrics.com - "Try your traits before trying fate" is the theme of this site, where you can take Myers-Briggs typology tests (MBTI) as well as a marriage compatibility test.
  • The library's subscription to Ferguson's Career Guidance Center includes access to information about the various career assessment tests available and where to find them. To access, log in to Ferguson's with your library card number, click on Resources and then click on the Career Assessment link located on the lower right side of the page.

After you've done your assessment, check out Columbia State Community College's background info on Myers-Briggs Type Indicators (MBTI), where you can click on the four-letter code and get a list of appropriate careers.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Father's Day Fun

Father's Day is approaching fast (it's June 21). Be prepared with the help of these Web sites:

Monday, June 8, 2009

Cut Costs Online

Make your Internet connection work for you with these money-saving Web sites...

coupons.com, smartsource.com, coolsavings.com - These sites include printable coupons you can use at the grocery store;

promotionalcodes.com - If you've done any online shopping, you've probably noticed the "enter promo code" section during the checkout process. This is where you enter a combination of letters/numbers and get free shipping, a discount, etc. This site tracks promo codes that you can use when you check out, or use before you shop online to see where you can get the best deal.

mycoupons.com - Combines grocery and retail coupons as well as promotional codes for online shopping. They also offer discounted gift cards (merchant gift cards purchased from the public w/remaining balance, discounted up to 25%);

Vocalpoint.com - Proctor & Gamble offers exclusive offers, free samples and coupons in exchange for your feedback; if you want to expand beyond P&G, you may want to sign up for paidsurveys.com, which connects consumers with companies running online surveys;

Monday, June 1, 2009

June 2009 eResource of the Month: What Do I Read Next?

Looking for a good book? Whether you're looking for something to while away your time at the beach or familiarize yourself with the latest literary prize-winner, What Do I Read Next? has you covered. This resource includes over 134,300 recommended titles, more than 74,500 plot summaries, and awards information from 568 awards, all to help users uncover new reading adventures, find long-remembered favorites, and discover award-winning titles. Users can search by genre, subject, author, title, series, and more. A monthly highlights page allows the user to see selections of award winners, upcoming titles, and titles that revolve around different subjects each month. All you need is your Fauquier County Public Library card number to access this online resource from home. If you don't have a card, apply for one today.



For additional reading recommendations, be sure to check out our book lists and bibliographies.