Thursday, March 24, 2011

Is it just me/my computer/web browser...?

As I was attempting to view some articles/links out in a newsletter this morning, it appeared that every link in the newsletter (and on the site itself) wouldn't open. Received the dreaded "Internet Explorer cannot display web page" error. To ensure it wasn't just me, I popped on over to one of my favorite sites, Down for Everyone or Just Me. Simply dump in the URL of the site that's not responding and it will check to see if it's truly just you or confirm that the site is most likely down. I find this site helpful when library patrons are having problems accessing a website they've scribbeld down (usually the URL is wrong).

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Irish-American Heritage Month

Irish-American Heritage Month honors the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants living in the United States.

Visit any Fauquier County library and use Ancestry Library Edition, where you can trace your Irish roots and delve into such resources as the Irish Records Index and Irish Pedigrees. To explore these and other Ancestry databases, click on the "all databases" link under More Collections and then do a keyword search on "Irish."

From home, use your library card to access Byki Online Language Learning and take a stab learning the Irish language.

From the library's online catalog:

For a list of other monthly observances, please see Chase's Calendar of Events online or at the reference desk.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Women's History Month Resources

Celebrate Women's History Month with these e-resources...

While there is a free encyclopedia article on Wikipedia on Women's History, use your library card and log in to some of the library's online encyclopedias and reference resources to ensure you have the most accurate, reliable information for your school report.

Online exhibits and resources for students:

Web sites especially for teachers and parents:

Just for fun:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March 2011 eResource: AccessScience

The March 2011 eResource is Access Science, which features fully searchable content from McGraw-Hill's Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, provides you fast, easy and accurate access to authoritative articles in all major areas of science and technology. AccessScience includes:
  • Over 8,500 online articles from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology 10th edition
  • Research Updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks of Science & Technology
  • 110,000+ definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
  • 15,000 illustrations and graphics, and bibliographies containing more than 28,000 literature citations
  • Content contributed by more than 5000 researchers, including 36 Nobel Prize winners
  • Biographies of more than 2,000 well-known scientists from the Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography®
  • The latest news in science and technology from Science News® and ScienCentral® videos
  • Continuously updated, fully-searchable, media-rich content, terms, images and videos
  • Added illustrations, animations, and image galleries
  • Questions answered in our weekly Q&A
  • Data, tables and tools linked directly from topic home pages, so you're never more than a few clicks from the answers you need
  • Essay topics to guide research and reports
  • High quality images and illustrations, downloadable to use in PowerPoint presentations
  • Study Center offers curriculum-oriented tools, Flash tutorials, and study guides
Use your library card to access this terrific resource on the library’s Web site under Find Information > Search for Articles & More (see Science & Environment section) or ask a reference librarian for assistance.