All Movie Guide is similar to its predecessor, All Music Guide, in that it provides an easy-to-use database of titles, reviews and related information. While IMDb might be more thorough, the All Movie Guide offers a nice feature for librarians. For each title, it gives a list of “Similar Movies,” which makes it nice for movie advisory. It also allows the user to browse easily be genre.
This article, from Smart Money, gives expert advice on when to replace common household items such as mattresses, toothbrushes and fire extinguishers.
The “Digital Book Index provides links to more than 130,000 title records from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. About 90,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free, while many others are available at very modest cost.” Various text formats are available. A free registration is required to search or browse titles and authors.
Thanks to Kay Due (Public Services) for passing this along!
The March/April issue of the AARP The Magazine has a brief guide to finding quality health information online. They highlight the following sites as good places to start for health information on the web:
(Reminder: Don’t forget our very own Virtual Health Information Center!)
- AARP Health - Info on drugs, insurance, and staying healthy at 50-plus;
- American Cancer Society – Includes links to clinical trials and patient support groups;
- American Diabetes Association – Along with news of the latest research, provides nutritional information and even recipes;
- American Heart Association – Features an online heart and stroke encyclopedia;
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – The government’s latest info on public health and communicable diseases is posted here;
- Clinical Trials – Lists experimental treatments you may be eligible to receive;
- Family Doctor – Straightforward general information from the American Academy of Family Physicians;
- Healthfinder – A health library available in English and Spanish, sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services;
- KidsHealth – A foundation-sponsored site about children’s health through adolescence; includes a special area for teens;
- Mayo Clinic – Offers online tools to help guide treatment decisions;
- Medem – A partnership among medical societies to foster doctor-patient communication; includes an online medical library;
- MedlinePlus – The National Library of Medicine’s comprehensive health-information portal;
- National Cancer Institute – Provides clinical details about every type of cancer and the latest treatments;
- WebMD – A for-profit news and information service with interactive activities.
An online community of gardeners. This site offers: PlantFiles, “the largest plant database in the world”; Garden Watchdog, a guide to gardening by mail; Go Gardening, a database of nurseries, garden centers, public gardens and parks; Bug Files, a database of insects and bugs; and Bookworm, a database of gardening books.
OK, so it’s not exactly a reference site. Although, this will link you to maps and reviews of restaurants. But mostly, it’s just kind of cool…
Can’t decide where to go for lunch? Use the Wheel of Food! Enter in a zip code and spin the wheel to get a suggestion (with the aforementioned link to maps and reviews). I just hope you don’t land on “Skip Lunch.”
Retrevo is a search engine for product information. Users can search by brand name, type of product, or brand and model number. Results are divided into distinct categories: Buying Guides, Product Documents, Manufacturer Info, Reviews and Articles, Forums & Blogs, and Shopping.
Weather Bonk provides up-to-date weather information in a nice visual presentation (some locations incorporate webcams). What makes Weather Bonk special is its travel weather feature. The feature allows users to plot their travels, including travel times, to view the weather in locations along the way. Also will help travelers choose the best time to travel based upon the weather forecast.
I am looking for a resource that indexes books (preferably Children’s books) by the character names. Does anyone know of a website or book that does this?
I found one website (www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/kids-books-search-all.cfm) that does allow the user to search by character name, but it doesn’t seem to be very comprehensive.
A few print resources might be of use, but they are a bit dated:
My Name in Books: A Guide to Character Names in Children’s Literature by Katharyn E. Tuten-Puckett, 1993. Call number: 809.92703 T966m.
Characters in Children’s Literature by Raymond E. Jones, 1997. Call number: 809.30083 J78c. (Thanks, Keshia!)
Dictionary of Fictional Characters by Martin Seymour-Smith, 1992. Call number: 820.3 S521d. (Thanks, Nathan!)
Any other suggestions? Please use the comments section to share any ideas. Thanks!
Thanks to John Lloyd (Business/Sciences) for passing this along:
According to ResourceShelf: “For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a report of state-level data on the number of people with disabilities, and the wide range of health differences that exist between people with disabilities and those without. The Chartbook examines five health factors, including smoking, obesity, physical activity, immunizations, and access to health care for adults age 18 years and over in 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, and three territories.”
From Philip Williams (Cordova):
“Created by the nonprofit Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, whose mission is to make sure low income and elderly have access to the civil legal justice system; information on legal aid locations is found on the site. In addition, there is a link to the Alliance’s Help Library. Here there is information on a variety of legal topics and areas that could be helpful to all citizens of the state. There is also specific information on Immigration and information to help those who were dropped from TennCare coverage.”
From Darletha Matthews (South) and the First Responders…
February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This is the website of the National Black AIDS Institute, “the first Black HIV/AIDS policy center dedicated to reducing HIV/AIDS health disparities by mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront the epidemic in their communities.”
From Chris Marszalek (South Region) and the First Responders…
This is the link for the web home of Greening Greater Memphis, a new organization aimed at “Connecting people to parks, parks to parks, and people to people.” Shelby Farms Park Alliance, the Wolf River Conservancy and Greater Memphis Greenline are teaming up for this movement and having their kickoff this Thursday. Check the site for more details about the event or the organization.