Archive | August 2007

Erratic Impact’s Philosophy Research Base

“Erratic Impact’s Philosophy Research Base is categorized by history, subject and author. Integrating text resources with the best online resources, this study guide attempts to aid both academic and general interest in all philosophical genres and their related fields.”

Automobile Information and Pricing


Kelley Blue Book

Most of our locations carry the NADA guides for vehicle pricing information or the “blue book value” of a car, but these sites can help you if you don’t have the print source at hand.  The NADA site covers new & used automobiles, classic cars, boats, RVs, motorcycles, and manufactured homes.  The Kelley Blue Book site covers new and used automobiles, and it is a good site for dealer information and reviews.

The Online Books Page

From Philip Williams (Cordova):

“Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Library, this website facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet.  Currently, there are over 25,000 titles of online books available on the website and the number is ever-growing.  Books can be searched by author, title, or subject, and there is also a list of online serials that are available online.”

Back to School Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a spotlight feature that includes lots of information on education, careers, unemployment, teachers and more.  Links are provided to more in-depth resources on most of the topics as well.

Labor Day

This brief article from the US Department of State gives the history and background of the Labor Day holiday.

Subway Navigator

From LII:

“This site provides access to subway maps for more than 100 cities worldwide, showing best routes, transfers, and an estimate of time required for travel. Includes links to official websites of individual transport providers and selected tourist attractions. In English and French. From the Paris Transport Authority.”

Library-Related Conferences

A librarian at the University of Saskatchewan has compiled this exhaustive list of library-related conferences worldwide.  The list is chronological and links are provided to further information on most conferences.  Who knew there was so much to do?!

Subprime Mortgage Market Overview

This is the text of a speech given by Chairman Ben S. Bernanke in May, 2007, that gives very good overview of the subprime mortgage market–its development, recent issues, and possible regulatory responses.

2008 Presidential Election Timeline

This is a handy way to find out when debates, caucuses, and primaries will take place.  “To navigate the timeline, click and hold your mouse on each band to scroll left and right. The top band represents each month, the bottom each year. Clicking on the text will display information on each event.”

Foreign Relations of the United States

From Christina Barnes (Business/Sciences):

The University of Wisconsin Digital Collections now includes the full-text archive of this government publication from 1861 to 1960.  Users may browse or keyword search any of these volumes.

For more recent documents, check out this site from the US Department of State:

Resources for English as a Second Language

This site offers english language reference materials, teacher resources, ESL tests, discussion forums, articles and language tools.  Some functions do require a free registration.

Summize – A Search Engine for Reviews

Finally!  A search engine for product reviews!  I’ve tried a few searches on it, and I’ve been pretty happy with the results.  You can also find reviews for books, movies and music here.  This might be a great site for things that Consumer Reports doesn’t cover.

For a review of this search engine, check out the article at ResearchBuzz.

Free Books

Questia now offers over 5,000 classic and public domain titles on their website for free.  Users can browse by author or title or view the most popular titles.

RA Run Down

From Doris Dixon (Raleigh):

According to the site, this is “THE blog for readers’ advisors and bibliophiles who work with readers.  You’ll find essential news, tips, fun stuff and a community for exploring RA issues.”  The blog also gives bestsellers and new arrivals.

Council on Foreign Relations Background and Analysis

Also from Neat New Stuff:

“Documents and research from the CFR are freely available here, browsable by topic (democracy and human rights, proliferation, health, science & technology, etc.), region, and publication type (backgrounders, interviews, online debates, podcasts, etc.).”

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