Friday, February 12, 2010

Digital Library on American Slavery

One of the results of slavery in the United States is that many African Americans remain nameless in the historical record. The 1850 and 1860 United States Population Slave Censuses, for example, recorded the age, gender, color, and owner's name for approximately 7.2 million slaves, but failed to record the names of individual slaves. The Digital Library on American Slavery attempts to rectify the situation.

This rich resource offers a searchable database of detailed personal information on over 150,000 slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color. Designed as a tool for scholars, historians, teachers, students, genealogists, and other interested citizens, the site provides access to information gathered and analyzed over an eighteen-year period from petitions to southern legislatures and country courts filed between 1775 and 1867 in the fifteen slaveholding states in the United States and the District of Columbia. You can search the database by keyword (try "fauquier") or name, or browse by subject.

Create a Bibliography with Bibme

Paper due? Not sure how to format the bibliography that is required by your teacher/professor? Check out Bibme, the online bibliography maker that allows you to find a book/article/Web site/film, add to a bibliography and download it in either the MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian format. Attach to your paper/report and you're good to go!

Once you add some titles to your bibliography, you'll notice the "suggested further reading" on the lower-right side of the screen. There is no information in the online FAQ about how Bibme comes up with the suggestions, but it could be helpful to some students who start creating a bibliography at the beginning of their research paper process (which would lead them to additional titles).

Registration is free and allows you to save bibliographies to your account. If you don't register, you can still use this tool (find your books, articles, Web sites, etc., add to your bib and download in your preferred style), but you'll probably find this tool so useful that you'll want to fill out the simple registration form.

Virginia Job Resources Collection

Fauquier County Public Library recently added a new eBook collection, the Virginia Job Resources Collection, to its complement of free online resources for job seekers. This eBook collection is the outcome of Virginia’s Community College Workforce Development Services use of federal stimulus funding to support efforts to provide valuable information for students and job seekers. Virginia Community Colleges and the Library of Virginia were involved in the selection of the over 250 titles.

You'll find the Virginia Job Resources Collection on the library's Job Seekers page and also via the online catalog (do a series title search for "Virginia Job Resources Collection"). If you're accessing the collection from your home/work computer, you'll need to log in to NetLibrary to view the full contents of the eBooks. If you don't have a NetLibrary account, use your library card to access NetLibrary and then simply create an account.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

NetLibrary eAudiobooks - Supported Devices

Whether you're a current user (and fan) or contemplating using the library's eAudiobook service through NetLibrary, you should check out the latest list of supported portable listening devices. You can find this list on the NetLibrary Web site under Help > Listening > Compatible Portable Listening Devices. There's a link on that page to the complete list, which is maintained on the OCLC Web site.

If you're tired of waiting for the latest books on CD, try the eAudioversion instead (the library carries many titles in eAudiobook format). There's no hold to place, no waiting in line for the next available copy. You can download immediately and begin listening!

All-In-One Link/URL

If you're one of those people who like to pass along lists of Web sites to friends, students, etc., you may want to check out fur.ly. fur.ly allows you to create a list of links you’d like someone to visit, all in one compact link/URL, which you can then send or post on your Web site, blog, etc. When the recipient/visitor to your site clicks on this single link, the web sites will appear in the order they were entered on fur.ly; at the top of the page is a navigation bar that allows you to navigate between the multiple links. This is pretty handy, but I think you'd have to explain to the user/recipient of the link that they have to click on the navigation bar/button to rotate through the various links. Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think by submitting your comments.

Monday, February 1, 2010

E-Resource of the Month: InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy

InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy features a custom selection of more than 250 magazines and academic journals — everything from American Atheist Magazine to Zygon — covering religion and the related areas of philosophy, archaeology and anthropology.

Use this database to study theological approaches to social issues or to learn about the impact that religion has had on culture throughout history, including literature, arts and language.

Included are more than 1.1 million articles updated daily — it begins as early as 1980 for indexing and 1983 for full text of some periodicals.

Use your library card number to access this resource outside the library. If you don't have one yet, apply online and begin using this online resource immediately with your temporary card number or apply at any Fauquier County Public Library.

To access InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy from the library‟s Web site, click on "Search for Articles & More" (under Find Information on the left-hand menu) and look under Subject Research.