Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Politifact Virginia

Are you familiar with PoltiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website that examines statements made by members of Congress, the president, governors, mayors, lobbyists and other folks in American politics? The site features a Truth-O-Meter that rates statements as true, mostly true, half true, mostly false, false and "Pants on Fire."

Virginians will enjoy the PoltiFact Virginia edition, which you can browse by Truth-O-Meter level, person, election, promise made, issue, etc.

If you watch the Sunday talk shows, be sure to check out PunditFact, which applies the same ratings to the statements made by pundits, columnists, talk show hosts and political analysts.

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Celebrate National Wildlife Week (March 17-23)

National Wildlife Week is the National Wildlife Federation's longest-running education program designed around teaching and connecting kids to the awesome wonders of wildlife. Its appeal goes beyond children, however - all lovers of wildlife will find something of interest on the NWF's website.

For example, this year's theme is Wildlife and Water, and the NWF's website will introduce you to over 50 species of wildlife -- a different group of wildlife and plant species will be featured each day.

You can also get tips on attracting wildlife to your backyard/garden, building a backyard pond or rain garden and ways you can speak up for wildlife.

Educator resources include lessons and activities by grade, facts sheets, diagrams and Citizen Science opportunities for students.

Families will enjoy simple crafts and other indoor and outdoor activity suggestions to do during National Wildlife Week or anytime.

Follow up on your visit to the NWF website with these resources available from the Fauquier County Public Library:

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March is Women's History Month

National Archives "Woman Suffrage Collection"
This year the National Women's History Project is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. 

You too can celebrate by using your library card to log in to some of the library's online encyclopedias and reference resources to learn more about contributions of women to events throughout history as well as today's society.

Recommended premium databases include:

  • Biography in Context- Be sure to check out the Notable Women section
  • eLibrary - Click on Topics and then History; History: Special Subjects has a Women's History collection
  • Britannica Library - Use your library card to log in and view biographies in the Children's, Young Adult and/or Reference Center sections
  • World Book Kids - Check out the Important People search, which allows you to narrow down inventors, etc., by male or female
  • Women in History - Access journal articles specific to events, people and places in women's history
  • NewsBank’s Special Reports - News articles, maps, images and other useful content grouped for convenience under specific topics and themes, including March's theme, Women’s History

Free, online exhibits and resources for students:

Web sites especially for teachers and parents:

Test your knowledge:

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March e-Resource: All-New, Redesigned Britannica Library

The Award-Winning Resource for Children and Adults

Forget those sets of old, musty encyclopedias. Britannica Library gives you three sites in one: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for older students and adults, making it easy for the entire family to conduct research, complete homework assignments, and work on special projects.

Britannica Search Cuts the Clutter
Overwhelmed with Googling? Britannica's consolidated search makes it easy to find the content you need. You can choose from a variety of content types, including articles, images, videos, dictionary, magazines, Web's Best Sites, Primary Sources & Ebooks, and Year in Review. After searching for any word or phrase, select any content type filter in the left column of the search results page to see what's available.

Special Features

  • 3 comprehensive encyclopedias including the Encyclop√¶dia Britannica
  • Thousands of magazine and journal articles directly related to search topics
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary in English/Spanish, plus audio pronunciations
  • 90,000 images, videos, and audio clips
  • Subject Browse, from Animals and the Arts to Science, and Math
  • Biography Browse
  • 129,000 of the Web’s Best Sites related to search topics
  • World Atlas
  • Compare Countries
  • How-To documents for book reviews, presentations, research papers, and science reports
  • My Britannica to save and share articles, images, and videos in a personal account
  • Read-Aloud feature ideal for struggling readers and ELLs

Helpful Tools

  • Double-click any word on Britannica's site for a quick definition. To see additional information, just click the "see full definition" link.
  • Britannica's citation tool makes it easy to cite our content in your papers and projects. When viewing any young adults library or reference library article or image, simply click the Cite icon, select your style (MLA, APA, Harvard, or Chicago Manual of Style), and the tool will format the required information for you.
  • Click on the Listen icon to hear text-to-speech audio of the article content. 
As you can see, no reason to fear that research paper, nor do you need to get stuck going through pages of Wikpedia entries. Make the new Britannica Library your first step.

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