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Monday, 13 May 2013
Chronicling America: Mother's Day
History and online primary sources related to the origin of Mother's Day from the Library of Congress.
Posted By Natalka at 7:15 AM
Friday, 26 April 2013
Extracting Audio from Pictures
Audio has been extracted from pictures of 19th century sound recording discs found in books. Read about the process of converting pictures of sound discs to actual audio, and listen to some of these recordings, in an online article from the Media Preservation Initiative at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 6:07 PM
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
LOC Webcast: Perspectives on the Environment
The Evolving Moral Landscape: Perspectives on the Environment, Literary, Historical and Interplanetary.
Three scholars from three different disciplines discuss human perspectives on the environment and the moral implications of those views. View the full webcast here.
Posted By Natalka at 5:33 PM
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
JSTOR's new search interface
Please take a look at the new search interface for JSTOR. We'd be excited to hear your feedback.
JSTOR: Beta Search
Posted By Jill at 2:13 PM
Statistics Resources and Big Data on the Internet 2013
Statistics Resources and Big Data on the Internet 2013, by Marcus P. Zillman, is a comprehensive listing of statistics and big data datasets including resources and sites on the Internet. These sources will help you to discover the many pathways available through the Internet to find the latest statistics and big data resources and sites.
Posted By Callie Bergeris at 12:09 PM
Friday, 12 April 2013
The National Digital Public Library is Launched!
The Digital Public Library of America, to be launched on April 18, is a project to make the holdings of America’s research libraries, archives, and museums available to all Americans—and eventually to everyone in the world—online and free of charge. How is that possible? [From the New York Review of Books] Read more
Posted By Natalka at 2:54 PM
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Help For RST 101 Research Paper| Prof. Ann Heekin
Consult this LibGuide (Library Research Guide) to find recommended information sources for the research paper assignment, "Christian and Jewish Reinterpretations of Genesis 1: New Perspectives on Religious Ethics and the Environment". The LibGuide includes books placed on reserve by Prof. Heekin (ask for these at the Ryan Library Help Desk). The guide also includes links to the Bible, where you may read Genesis chapter 1, as well as links to research databases you may use to search for relevant journal articles. A minimum of 2 scholarly sources is required. These may be 2 books, 2 articles, or 1 book and 1 article. Of course you may use more than 2 sources. Other helpful resources are included as well.
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 10:32 PM
Researching Controversial Issues
These selected resources are among many recommended by Iona College Libraries for researching controversial issues and current events topics.
ProCon.org – Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues
"Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format."
CQ Researcher (Iona only. If you are off-campus, a box will pop up asking for your Iona username and password)
" ... each report addresses a controversial current issue, including historical perspective, recent developments, opposing viewpoints, and sources for additional research."
Congressional Digest Debates Online (Pro & Con Publishers) (Iona only. If you are off-campus, a box will pop up asking for your Iona username and password)
"Access to the archives of Congressional Digest, Supreme Court debates, and international debates covering a wide-range of public and international policy issues."
For more tips and sources for researching controversial issues, see the Controversial Topics page of the Iona College Libraries ENG120 & ENG122 LibGuide (Library Research Guide).
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 9:22 PM
Oyez Project: A multimedia archive of the US Supreme Court
"Devoted to the work of the United States Supreme Court, Oyez primarily aims to provide an audio record of the Supreme Court from 1955 to the present. Despite the emphasis on recent years, each year of the Court receives attention, back to 1792. Photos or portraits of each justice are included, along with birth and death dates, their lengths of service, and opinions they may have written. Information on each case includes an overview, the names of the advocates, tally of votes for and against a decision, the docket number, dates, and relevant issues. Media, when available, can be downloaded to an MP3 player, and a cite-this-page accompanies each page.
Author/Publisher: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology."
This resource was designated one of the 2012 Best Free Reference Web Sites by the American Library Association Reference and User Services Association.
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 5:10 PM
Friday, 8 March 2013
Gun Control: Should lawmakers tighten firearm restrictions?
Read the full report from CQ Researcher
-Would a ban on assault weapons reduce gun violence?
-Would mandatory background checks of all gun buyers keep guns away from criminals and other dangerous people?
-Do state laws allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons make communities safer?
Posted By Natalka at 11:55 AM
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Celebrate Women's History Month: Nobel Prize Awarded Women
The Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to women 44 times between 1901 and 2012. Only one woman, Marie Curie, has been honored twice, with the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics and the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This means that 43 women in total have been awarded the Nobel Prize between 1901 and 2012.
Posted By Natalka at 3:00 PM
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
Top 10 Legislative Bills - Week of March 3, 2013
The top ten legislative items searched on THOMAS, compiled on 3/3/2013 from weekly usage statistics.
Posted By Natalka at 3:55 PM
Sunday, 24 February 2013
CQ Report: Coastal Development; Are coastal regions at risk?
Superstorm Sandy, which devastated portions of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut last October, has revived longstanding debates about coastal development. Congress has approved more than $60 billion in relief funding for Sandy, which ranks as one of. . . .(Read the full report)
Should state and local governments block coastal development?
Can the federal flood insurance program be fixed?
Does New York City need floodgates?
Posted By Natalka at 5:29 PM
Friday, 15 February 2013
Environmental Studies Library Research Guide Now Available
Want to learn about books, articles, multimedia and internet resources on environmental topics? Consult the Environmental Studies Library Research Guide.
This comprehensive guide also includes resources in related disciplines such as biology, political science, religious studies, and health care.
More than 30 Library Research Guides covering many subject areas are available. From the library home page underneath "Quick Find", click on tab "Research Guides". You may type in keyword(s) of interest, or click on link "Browse Guides" for a complete list. You may view guides in alphabetical order, by subject, by librarian, and most popular (just to name a few options).
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 5:10 PM
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Major publishers launch Bookish
Bookish a new book recommendation site launched Monday.
Posted By Tony at 3:55 PM
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Celebrate Black History Month with PBS
The PBS Black Culture Connection is your resource and guide to films, stories and voices across public television centered around Black history & culture.
Posted By Natalka at 5:58 PM
Friday, 1 February 2013
CQ Researcher: Will the Arab Spring lead to more change?
The wave of popular uprisings that toppled dictators in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya is still roiling the Arab world, but other governments have held on by cracking down on protests or instituting modest reforms. Read more from CQ Researcher.
Posted By Natalka at 5:07 PM
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
2013 is the U.N. International Year of Water Cooperation
Its objective is “to raise awareness, both on the potential for increased cooperation, and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services.” For more information visit their site.
Posted By Natalka at 2:47 PM
Monday, 21 January 2013
The Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents
Available full-text online from Yale Law School's Avalon Project, Documents in Law, History and Democracy.
Posted By Natalka at 10:38 AM
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Egypt's New Constitution: Drafting History and Content
Blog posting containing Information about the drafting process and the content of the Egyptian Constitution of 2012.
A post at the LOC Law Library blog by George Sadek, a Senior Legal Analyst at the Law Library of Congress
Posted By Natalka at 12:55 PM
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
January 15: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
December 10, 1964.
Born at noon on Tuesday, January 15, 1929 at the family home in Atlanta, Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first son and second child born to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. More from the King Center.
More than a million documents associated with Dr. King's life are available at the Center's Digital Archive.
Posted By Natalka at 7:02 PM
Monday, 14 January 2013
Trustworthy health information on the FLU
Posted By Callie at 11:55 AM
Tuesday, 8 January 2013
Don't Burn Your Books Print Is Here to Stay
"The e-book had its moment, but sales are slowing. Readers still want to turn those crisp, bound pages." So says Nicholas Carr in his Wall Street Journal article, Don't Burn Your Books—Print Is Here to Stay published Jan. 5, 2013.
If you have trouble accessing article at above link, click this alternative link to read. (If you are off campus, a box may pop up asking for your Iona username and password).
An earlier version, published Jan. 1, 2013, appears as a blog post, Will Gutenberg laugh last?
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 3:08 PM
Friday, 4 January 2013
Resources for Legislative Researchers
Links to in-depth information on legislative issues from government and non-government sources, posted by the Library of Congress.
Posted By Natalka at 10:51 AM
Friday, 14 December 2012
PHL 110 Extra Credit Project Research Help - Fr. Perricone
Are you working on the extra credit assignment for the Introduction to Philosophy (PHL 110) course taught by Fr. John Perricone? Need help finding the sources listed in Fr. Perricone's handout? Want more information about the assignment?
Click HERE for help with this assignment.
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Posted By Adrienne Franco at 12:54 PM
Thursday, 13 December 2012
3D Printing: Will it revolutionize manufacturing?
From CQ Researcher: Used for years to make instant industrial prototypes, medical devices and other finished parts, 3D printers now are available in desktop models or inexpensive build-it-yourself kits — allowing anyone to create an object from a digital blueprint. Some experts see a decentralized manufacturing revolution in the making. Others caution that such cottage industry networks are a long way from replacing industrial-size factories.
• Can 3D printing revive U.S. manufacturing?
• Will intellectual-property disputes slow the evolution of 3D printing?
• Does printing weapons using 3D technology pose a major security threat?
By Peter Katel
December 7, 2012
Read the full report.
Posted By Natalka at 2:28 PM
Thursday, 6 December 2012
CQ Researcher Report: America's Changing Demographics
The nation is undergoing one of the most important demographic transitions in its history. For the first time, minority babies outnumbered white newborns last year, and Census estimates predict that by 2042 non-Hispanic whites will no longer be in the majority. Already, more than a third of Americans are minorities, and non-whites accounted for 92 percent of population growth between 2000 and 2010, a trend driven by rising Hispanic immigration. Meanwhile, as millions of baby boomers retire, the nation is growing older. More than a fifth of Americans will be 65 or older by 2030, compared with one in eight today.
• Will changing demographics affect American values?
• Will the nation’s demographic changes benefit the U.S. economy?
• Will changing demographics affect future U.S. elections?
By Bill Wanlund
November 16, 2012
Read this CQ Researcher report
Posted By Natalka at 11:43 AM
Online Exhibit: Books That Shaped America
Books That Shaped America marks a starting point—a way to spark a national conversation on books and their importance in Americans’ lives, and, indeed, in shaping our nation. The titles featured here (by American authors) have had a profound effect on American life, but they are by no means the only ones.
Read more about Books That Shaped America
Posted on the Library of Congress Daily Digest Bulletin
Posted By Natalka at 11:37 AM
Saturday, 1 December 2012
LOC: Audio Interviews with Music Icons
The Library of Congress has made a series of interviews by recording executive Joe Smith available free online. THe primary-source oral histories cover perhaps the most important 50 years of popular music, nationally and internationally and include conversations with Mick Jagger, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, B.B. King and Paul McCartney.
The Joe Smith Collection at the Library of Congress
Posted By Natalka at 10:30 AM
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Article on NHL and Rangers History: Missed Shot
Written and posted by Anthony Mastantuoni at the online home of the History Channel Club.
Posted By Natalka at 12:54 PM
Friday, 9 November 2012
Veterans History Project Stories available on iTunes U
Apple’s iTunes U features the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP). Selected VHP stories, VHP information and guidelines are available at for download.
"Classrooms nationwide use VHP’s impactful materials to enhance student understanding of American history and engage with VHP through experiential learning, as well as performing a service to veterans and their communities," said Veterans History Project Director Bob Patrick.
The iTunes content is part of a proliferation of VHP online resources – including primary source sets – and more than 10,000 digitized collections online.
Posted at News from the Library of Congress
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Thursday, 8 November 2012
LOC Webcast Covering America: A Nation's Journalism
Christopher B. Daly discusses the development of journalism in America from the early 1700s to the digital revolution of today. Daly placed the current journalism crisis within a broader historical context, showing how it is only the latest in a series of transitions that have required journalists to devise new ways of plying their trade.
View the webcast
From the Library of Congress Daily Digest Bulletin
Posted By Natalka at 9:12 AM
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Voter info from Google!
Google has an easy custom search to find your polling location and see a sample ballot. Click here and enter your location in the search box.
Special note: Due to Hurricane Sandy, New York voters registered in New York City, and Westchester, Nassau, Rockland, and Suffolk counties are able to vote at any polling location in New York State.
Posted By Diana at 9:45 AM
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Congress.gov -- United States Legislative Information (Beta)
The beta version of Congress.gov (which will eventually replace the Thomas legislative site), includes:
"from the 107th Congess (2001) to the present"
The Legislative Process
"... contains fun and educational videos that provide a basic outline of the steps involved in the legislative process. These videos include: overview of the legislative process; introduction and referral of a bill; committee consideration; calendars and scheduling; House floor; Senate Floor; executive business in the Senate; bicameral resolution; and presidential action."
Profiles of members of Congress
"93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and some member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972)."
Additional data will be incorporated over time. The Congressional Record will be included next, followed by other data, such as the Congressional Record Index, Congressional reports, House and Senate Calendars, nominations, treaties, and communications."
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 11:35 PM
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
From CQ Researcher: Do Facebook & Twitter influence voters?
Social media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, have become major battlegrounds in this year’s elections. Candidates are using the platforms to identify and organize supporters and raise funds. They bypass traditional news media to send their messages unfiltered to the public. They target niche audiences with growing precision, contact hard-to-reach voters, extend their influence as online supporters forward their messages and carry out many campaign tasks at much lower cost than before.
• Does online data mining threaten voters' privacy?
• Do social media cause political polarization?
• Do social media level the campaign-spending playing field?
By Tom Price
October 12, 2012
Read the full report
Posted By Natalka at 4:43 PM
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Internet Archive launches TV News Search & Borrow
From Internet Archive blog:
The Internet Archive works to preserve the published works of humankind. Inspired by Vanderbilt University’s Television News Archive project, the Internet Archive collects and preserves television news. This accessible archive of TV news enables anyone to reference and compare statements from this influential medium.
This service is designed to help engaged citizens better understand the issues and candidates in the 2012 U.S. elections by allowing them to search closed captioning transcripts to borrow relevant television news programs. The collection now contains 350,000 news programs collected over 3 years from national U.S. networks and stations in San Francisco and Washington D.C. The archive is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired. Older materials are also being added.
TV News Search & Borrow
Posted By Callie at 12:21 PM
Friday, 12 October 2012
From CQ Researcher: The Euro Crisis
Should the U.S. help ease Europe’s economic woes?
Amid Europe's continuing economic troubles, riots erupted in several nations last month, notably Spain and Greece, as citizens protested radical government efforts to cut spending and raise taxes. Rising debt has damaged the euro currency and pushed many nations into deep recession, high unemployment and widespread poverty. Some experts say Europe's economic woes are holding back economic recovery in the United States by undermining consumer confidence, exports and investments and that the U.S. government should do more to help Europe fix its problems.
• Is the euro crisis slowing the U.S. recovery?
• Would a euro collapse be as bad as doomsayers predict?
• Should the United States provide more aid to help Europe?
By Christopher Hack
Read the full report
Posted By Natalka at 3:07 PM
Thursday, 4 October 2012
"FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania."
"We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases."
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 5:55 PM
Online Voter Registration via New York's DMV Website
Currently a New York state resident and not registered to vote? The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has an easy, online voter registration form.
The New York State Board of Elections describes other ways one can register to vote in the state, as well as detailed regulations on who can vote, where to vote, polling hours, and more.
Posted By Diana at 12:14 PM
Monday, 1 October 2012
Commission on Presidential Debates
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Their website offers a history of Presidential debates, transcripts of past debates and voter education materials.
Posted By Natalka at 11:13 AM
Friday, 28 September 2012
LOC Chronicling America: The Chicago Black Sox Scandal
Striiiike! 8 Men Out!" Soon after the Cincy Reds win the 1919 World Series rumors spread that gamblers paid eight Chicago White Sox players (later nicknamed The Black Sox) to "throw" the game. An investigation is launched and though a grand jury acquits the players, they're banned from playing professional baseball ever again. Read more about it!
The information and sample article links provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection.
Entry from the Library of Congress Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room.
Posted By Natalka at 12:23 PM
The Browser: Writing Worth Reading
from Al Breach, Robert Cottrell, and Henry Lane Fox et al.
The Browser is distinguished from other news or literary aggregators by its subtitle. Not limited to news only, it brings together well-written material of varying lengths on a wide range of topics from online journals, newspapers, and blogs. Samples of aggregated sources include The Economist, The New York Times, and The Atlantic, with web-based writing from Palate Press, Ars Technica, and The Huffington Post. Original content is featured in the FiveBooks section.
The Browser offers diverse content in both print and video content. The navigation bar includes Best of the Moment (recommended writing updated frequently throughout the day); FiveBooks (interviews with "renowned" persons who recommend the five best books to read in their field; updated Monday-Friday); and Special Reports (subject grouping of items covered). Much of The Browser's content is freely available to the general public; paid membership options are available to access protected content and other extras.
Reviewed in 2012oct by E. M. Bentsen, Baylor University Libraries
Posted By Callie at 11:42 AM
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
CQ Researcher Report: Assessing the New Health Care Law
Will it improve care and reduce spending?
In June, the Supreme Court upheld most of the Obama administration's 2010 health care law, allowing the government to fine people who decline to buy medical insurance. But the court barred cutting off Medicaid funds for states that refuse to participate in a new program expanding health care for the poor. Some Republican governors have balked at the expanded coverage, undermining the administration's goal of adding 30 million people to the health insurance rolls. The law's supporters, however, say its benefits already are evident, as children with pre-existing illnesses can no longer lose coverage and young adults can enroll in their parents’ health plans.
• Should the health care law be repealed?
• Will Americans be better off because of the health care law?
• Will the health care law cost too much?
By Marcia Clemmitt
September 21, 2012
Read this report.
Posted By Natalka at 10:58 AM
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Congress.gov Unveiled Today
Public Beta Site Provides Free, Fact-Based Legislative Information
The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and the Government Printing Office (GPO), today unveiled Congress.gov, a new public beta site for accessing free, fact-based legislative information. Congress.gov features platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation. Congress.gov, at beta.congress.gov, eventually will replace the public THOMAS system and the congressional Legislative Information System (LIS).
Posted at News from the Library of Congress
Posted By Natalka at 9:48 AM
Saturday, 15 September 2012
Challenge.gov "empowers the U.S. government and the public to bring the best ideas and top talent to bear on our nation's most pressing challenges." Some of the featured challenges include the Department of Labor's disability employment app challenge and Health and Human Services' "My Air, My Health" challenge, designed to help create a "personal, portable, near-real-time, location specific system to monitor and report air pollutants and potentially related physiological parameters". Visitors can search for interests or browse a list of challenges.
Posted By Tony at 2:45 PM
Friday, 7 September 2012
Databib is Tackling Tough Data Sharing Problems
A new resource called Databib has been created to help people identify and locate online repositories of research data. With support from IMLS, the Purdue and Penn State University Libraries collaborated to develop open-source software that enables bibliographers to create and curate records that describe research data repositories that users can browse and search on the Internet.
From the IMLS blog
Posted By Natalka at 12:18 PM
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
The Death Penalty Worldwide
from Georgetown Law Library Blog:
“The Death Penalty Worldwide (http://www.deathpenaltyworldwide.org) is a research project based at Northwestern University’s Center for International Human Rights. It provides up-to-date analysis on the law and practice of capital punishment for every country in the world that retains it.”
Death Penalty Worldwide
Thank you ResearchBuzz
Posted By Callie at 2:11 PM
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
LOC Webcast: When Insider Trading Was Legal
The United States has stricter laws than any nation against insider trading in financial markets, but the earliest of these laws date only from 1909. Prior, stock and commodities exchanges governed themselves with minimal external oversight. Mark Geiger presents a close-up view of member relationships and business practices within the Chicago Board of Trade during the later 19th century when rival groups of exchange members, often family-centered, competed for money and power on the trading floor.
Posted at the Library of Congress
SPEAKER: Mark Geiger
EVENT DATE: 04/19/2012
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 52 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
Posted By Natalka at 9:54 AM
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Helpful Information on Textbooks for Your Classes
This blog post outlines some options students have for obtaining textbooks economically and also recommends specific resources for buying or renting textbooks.
Does the Library Have Textbooks?
From the Iona College Libraries web site. Scroll down this FAQ page to look for this question and answer.
The Bucks Guide to Finding Cheap Textbooks: 3rd Edition
By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD
August 23, 2011, 9:00 am
New York Times Bucks blog.
See also original 2010 edition, and Jan. 2011 2nd edition of this column. Each has some unique content. Check out related blog post by Tara Siegel Bernard, posted August 8, 2012 also: The Best Time to Buy and Sell College Textbooks
Avoiding the Sting Of Rising Textbook Prices
By KELLI B. GRANT
Wall Street Journal
August 8, 2012, 10:48 p.m. ET
(Note that if you are off campus and you click on article title link above, you will be prompted to enter your Iona username and password, the same information you use to log in to computers on campus).
Iona College Bookstore site includes information on used textbooks, textbook rentals, and
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 1:29 PM
Tuesday, 14 August 2012
CQ Researcher Global Report: Islamic Sectarianism
Sectarian rifts are almost as old as Islam itself. They surfaced in 632, shortly after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, when Muslims disagreed over who should succeed him. Although the original sectarian split was violent, Islam’s two major branches—Shiism and Sunnism—have co-existed peacefully more often than not over the centuries. But recently, sectarian tensions once again have erupted into full-scale violence in the wake of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and last year’s Arab Spring democracy movement. The volatile situation is not just about theology. Competition for power and privilege intensifies the hostility and distrust.
Can Sunni-Shiite hostilities be resolved?
By Leda Hartman
August 7, 2012
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Posted By Natalka at 2:50 PM
Friday, 10 August 2012
London Olympic Games Then and Now: 1908 & 2012
The 30th Olympiad of the Modern Era, aka London 2012, is here! This is third time London has hosted the Olympics. The first time was in 1908 (4th Olympiad) and the second was in 1948 (14th Olympiad). I thought it would be fun to examine how the Olympics have changed in the past 100 years , so I’m going to compare the 1908 with the 2012 London Games.
By Jennifer Harbsterer
Library Congress Inside Adams Blog
Posted By Natalka at 10:58 AM
Thursday, 9 August 2012
Election and Voting Resources
Election and Voting Resources is "... a selection of highly useful resources on United States elections. Find here assistance with voter registration, finding your ballot, finding your polling place or station, learning about issues and candidates, and more!" State and local elections and political party information is also included. From the Internet Public Library.
Posted By Adrienne at 5:36 PM
Monday, 6 August 2012
Best Sites For Learning About The Mars Rover Curiosity
Posted By Tony at 3:27 PM
Friday, 3 August 2012
CQ Researcher: Are futuristic metropolises good investments?
Across the globe, major tech companies and multinational developers are pouring billions of dollars into building futuristic "smart cities" designed to showcase cutting-edge infrastructure and architecture—and serve as models for new cities worldwide. From self-sustaining energy systems and driverless vehicles to software that runs metro areas like operating systems run computers, emerging cities in India, China, South Korea and elsewhere are introducing technology that backers say can reduce common urban problems such as pollution, crime and congestion.
• Does building smart cities make sense when existing cities need attention?
• Can innovations showcased in experimental metropolises be scaled up to benefit large, aging cities?
• Do smart cities overrely on technology?
By David Hatch
July 27, 2012
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Posted By Natalka at 11:30 AM
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Supreme Court Health Care Law Decision
National Federation of Independent Business, et al., , v. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al.,
No. 11–393. Argued March 26, 27, 28, 2012—Decided June 28, 2012*
Also available at:
Health Care Law Upheld in Fractured Court Ruling
By Kenneth Jost
Supreme Court Editor, CQ Press
June 28, 2012
Want more information about the health care decision or other topics? Research help is available:
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Posted By Adrienne Franco at 11:23 AM
Free U.S. Government Documents FDsys
GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.
Government documents provide useful information for research topics in many fields including business, criminal justice, economics, education, law, political science and more.
Examples of available materials:
Budget of the U.S. Government
Code of Federal Regulations
Compilation of Presidential Documents
Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation
Federal Register (proposed regulations)
Public and Private Laws
United States Code (U. S. laws)
United States Courts Opinions (Federal court opinions, including Supreme Court)
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 10:23 AM
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
CQ Researcher: Is independence from foreign oil possible?
The United States is producing more oil today than at any time since 1998, but gasoline prices remain relatively high. President Obama advocates expanding production of all types of energy, but warns the United States can never pump enough oil to affect world prices. Republicans claim Obama has restricted domestic oil production and want more U.S. drilling, while environmentalists want more support for alternative energy.
• Will producing more oil reduce gasoline prices?
• Should the U.S. use oil from tar sands?
• Can the U.S. achieve independence from foreign oil?
Read this week's report
U.S. Oil Dependence
By Jennifer Weeks
June 22, 2012
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Posted By Natalka at 1:27 PM
Monday, 4 June 2012
Library of Congress Webcast: The Transit of Venus
TITLE: The Transit of Venus
SPEAKER: Sten Odenwald
EVENT DATE: 05/08/2012
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 57 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript
NASA's Sten Odenwald discusses the astronomical phenomenon known as the Transit of Venus, which occurs on June 5, 2012, and not again until the 22nd Century.
Speaker Biography: Harvard educated, Dr. Sten Odenwald currently works under contract to NASA at the Goddard Spaceflight Center in education-related areas of space science. He also created The Astronomy Cafe, a web site for the "astronomically disadvantaged."
Posted By Natalka at 3:24 PM
Current CQ Global Researcher Report: State Capitalism
By Jason McLure
Since the 2008 financial crisis China, Russia and Saudi Arabia have been among the best-performing economies in the world. All three countries practice so-called state capitalism, in which the government plays a dominant role in the economy and owns a large share of the nation’s companies. Some economists see trouble ahead, however, because when governments manipulate markets for political purposes it can lead to inefficiencies, corruption and political tensions over time.
(Iona Network ID and password required)
Posted By Natalka at 2:33 PM
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
New Database! National Standard Research Collaboration
Natural Standard was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine including dietary supplements and integrative therapies. Grades reflect the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition. It is an authoritative source for information on integrative medicine.
Posted By Natalka at 12:56 PM
Saturday, 26 May 2012
LOC Veterans History Project Recognizes Vietnam Veterans
Fifty years later, the Vietnam War remains part of the nation’s collective consciousness. For the veterans who served during this era, this conflict has particular meaning.
The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) has launched the latest installment in its Experiencing War website presentation, titled "Vietnam War: Looking Back, Part 1."
The website feature, one of 37 created thus far, highlights the wartime stories of veterans who served during the Vietnam War. These remarkable and intriguing stories are digitized and accessible on VHP’s website.
Posted By Natalka at 4:20 PM
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Are you pinning? Pinterest is here!
Pinterest, an online scrapbook where users can "pin" images and follow others, has grown from less than one million users in May 2011 to about 20 million in April. It is the 16th most-visited site in the United States, according to Web information company Alexa, and the third largest social network after Facebook and Twitter.
Posted By Callie at 4:49 PM
Monday, 23 April 2012
Help for RST 101 "Rereading Genesis" Assignment, Dr. Heekin
Are you working on the "Rereading Genesis" assignment for Prof. Heekin's RST 101 course? Need help finding books, articles and other research sources for this assignment?
Click HERE for help.
Also, feel free to stop by the Ryan Library Reference Desk, call us (914-637-7716), or IM us during Reference Hours. Scroll to bottom of screen to view Reference Hours.
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 4:43 PM
Monday, 2 April 2012
MORAL PHILOSOPHY (PHL 210) RESEARCH HELP - Fr. Perricone
Are you working on the extra credit assignment for Moral Philosophy (PHL 210) course taught by Fr. John Perricone?
Need help finding the sources listed in Fr. Perricone's handout? Want more information about the assignment?
Click HERE for help with this assignment.
Also, feel free to stop by the Ryan Library Reference Desk, call us (914-637-7716), or IM us during REFERENCE HOURS.
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 4:58 PM
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Getting Articles at NO COST to You
Did you know Iona College provides access to the FULL TEXT
of thousands of journal, magazine, and newspaper articles at no cost to you? These are included in library research databases.
Click HERE to see information and links to our newest databases.
Click HERE to see our databases screen.
TIP: 2 databases to definitely “test drive”:
(if you are off campus and you click on links below, a box will pop up asking you to input your Iona username and password, same info. you use to log in to computers here on campus) ACADEMIC SEARCH PREMIER
and CQ RESEARCHER (great for current events and issues)
Please note that many articles are NOT available at all or are available for a fee only, on google. Always search the library research databases FIRST for articles, before doing a google search.
Questions? Want to know more?
Stop by the Ryan Library Reference Desk,
Or call us at 637-7716
Or IM us
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 11:33 AM
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Bernanke Lecture Series online
"In March 2012, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will deliver a four-part college lecture series about the Federal Reserve and the financial crisis. The lectures are being offered as part of an undergraduate course at the George Washington University School of Business, and students and other members of the public may view the lectures online. "
Read more »
To access the lecture series live, use the following link: http://www.ustream.tv/federalreserve.
Archived lectures will be accessible at http://www.federalreserve.gov/default.htm after each event.
Posted By Jill at 10:29 AM
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
NYT Further Restricts Access, But FREE in Library Databases
Good News for Iona library users but bad for many others. Read on to see why!
Today, it was reported that the New York Times has further restricted free access to articles cutting the number from 20 to 10 per month, with limited exceptions.
GOOD NEWS FOR IONA LIBRARY USERS! You have free and unlimited access to New York Times articles via the library's research databases: New York Times (1980-Current and for older articles, New York Times on ProQuest Historical Newspapers (1851 - 2007).
And even more good news is that these and other databases are available from off-campus as well (when accessing from off-campus you will be prompted to input your Iona network username and password).
For more information, stop by our REFERENCE DESK on the first floor of Ryan Library (located behind the large Help Desk), call us (914)637-7716, or initiate a chat session with a librarian!
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 11:30 AM
Friday, 16 March 2012
Encyclopaedia Britannica ending print production
Encyclopaedia Britannica announced on Tuesday that "it would stop printing its namesake books, a sign of how readers in recent years have abandoned printed reference volumes for websites such as Wikipedia and Google" The company will remain active, continuing to sell encyclopedias and other education materials in digital format.
Numbers indicated that the company "now makes 85% of its revenue through sales of instructional programs and electronic books in math, science and the humanities for the K-12 curriculum;" leaving only 15% of revenue to be made through sale of its traditional reference text. Only 1% of that revenue came from print sales.
Read full article from The Wall Street Journal
Posted By Jill at 8:08 AM
Thursday, 1 March 2012
Copyright in Academia *COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR
From course management systems to e-reserves, technology and changes to copyright law are affecting the way faculty, staff and students share information. This program is intended to provide a quick, but in-depth look at important concerns surrounding the use of copyright-protected content within an academic environment.
REGISTER TODAY for webinar on:
• April 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Posted By Callie at 10:22 AM
Monday, 27 February 2012
"Citizen Paine" Performance in Ryan Library March 29
Come see this dynamic one-man show, written by William Hollenbach, which illuminates Paine's vision for freedom, citizenship and social equality through the lens of his amazing life.
Who: Directed by John Doyle and performed by the Iron Age Theatre / Funded by The Iona College School of Arts and Science & The Institute for Thomas Paine Studies
Sponsored by the Fine and Performing Arts Department Theatre Program and produced by Professor Thomas Donnarumma
When: March 29 at 7:00 pm
Where: Romita Auditorium in Ryan Library
There will be a Post Performance Panel Discussion.
For more information, click here Citizen Paine
Posted By Callie at 1:18 PM
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
ProCon.org. Keeping English 120 Freshmen in mind
Like CQ Researcher,the resource it most closely resembles, ProCon.org aims to present multiple points of view on controversial topics. Sites are balanced and well documented. ProCon.org has useful building blocks for high school and college students, but offers little analysis.
The topics, presented on the main page, include perpetually popular debate issues (e.g., Abortion, Death Penalty, Drinking Age) and some unexpected entries (e.g., Bill Clinton, ACLU, Milk). Active topics display the day/time of the most recent update, and updates are available by e-mail, RSS, Facebook, or Twitter.
The FAQs section states that materials are gathered and evaluated by researchers who "use advanced internet search strategies, scour studies, articles, etc., solicit responses ... finding the best, most clear, most well sourced, most compelling information from diverse sources."
Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers. -- S. Clerc, Southern Connecticut State University
Reviewed in 2012feb CHOICE.
Posted By Callie at 12:11 PM
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
2012 State of the Union Address
Watch last night's State of the Union Address for free on
Posted By Jill at 9:43 AM
Thursday, 19 May 2011
The way we learn now: Exhibition iPhone App from NYP
Did the New York Public Library Just Build the Magazine App of the Future?
By Alexis Madrigal
May 18 2011, 4:15 PM ET
Posted By Tony at 11:21 AM
Sunday, 20 February 2011
Is Watson a search engine?
John Dvorak, Second Opinion, MarketWatch
Feb. 18, 2011, 1:05 p.m. EST
Commentary: Pure algorithmic search is the holy grail
Watson is just a super search engine
Posted By Tony at 1:19 PM
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Adam Gopnik writing about the Internet in the New Yorker
"It is odd and new to be living in the library; but there isn't anything odd and new about the library."
The Information: How the Internet gets inside us
February 14, 2011
Posted By Tony at 2:53 PM
Friday, 4 February 2011
How to Cite a Kindle in APA Format
Ever wonder how to cite a book accessed on a Kindle or similar device? The following APA Style Blog shows you how and also addresses how to a cite a specific quotation from an ebook with no page numbers.
APA Style Blog: How Do I Cite a Kindle
Posted By Diana Kiel at 11:17 AM
Friday, 14 January 2011
NYT Article: Finding Cheaper Textbooks: 2nd Edition
Finding Cheaper Textbooks: 2nd Edition
By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD
New York Times
January 14, 2011, 1:10 pm
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 3:11 PM
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Long Live the Web: Call for Continued Open Standards ...
Scientific American Magazine, December 2010
The Web is critical not merely to the digital revolution but to our continued prosperity—and even our liberty. Like democracy itself, it needs defending.
By Tim Berners-Lee November 22, 2010 29
Long Live the Web
Posted By Callie at 2:16 PM
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
100 Notable Books of 2010
A list of the New York Times 100 Notable books of 2010
Posted By Library at 4:03 PM
Thursday, 4 November 2010
You're "gonna" love this site! The News
Based on journalists Dan Miller and Jim Broderick's book 'Consider the Source', The Newshole gives links to 100 sources. The page is a straightforward list of alphabetical logos, thus very clean and straightforward to use. These are mainly American, including papers like the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the major broadcast networks.
For more exciting News resources go to full blogarticle from Resourceshelf
Thank you, Adrian Janes, DocuTicker UK Contributing Editor
Posted By Callie at 9:09 AM
Friday, 21 May 2010
Marian the Cybrarian Article
This article, from the Chronicle of Higher Education, May 20, 2010 issue gives an interesting perspective on the role of librarians in the 21st century. It is written by Thomas H. Benton, an English professor at Hope College (Michigan). A discussion of the book "This Book Is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All", by Marilyn Johnson (HarperCollins, 2010) is included.
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 12:52 PM
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
ELENA KAGAN -- U.S. Supreme Court Nominee
"To serve congressional and public requests for resources pertaining to this historic nomination, the Law Library of Congress has developed a web presentation on Kagan on its Supreme Court Nominations site http://www.loc.gov/law/find/kagan.php. Visit our bibliography to find out more about the new Supreme Court nominee.
Legal Reference Specialist
Law Library of Congress"
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 12:08 PM
Monday, 10 May 2010
Directory of Open Access Journals
Of interest to both students and faculty. FACULTY: search for open access journals in your field to possibly submit articles to. Note that the directory is searchable both by title and by subject area.
The Directory of Open Access Journals "... covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. We aim to cover all subjects and languages. There are now 5000 journals in the directory. Currently 2057 journals are searchable at article level. As of today 392955 articles are included in the DOAJ service. "
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 2:25 PM
Friday, 9 April 2010
Open CRS -- Congressional Research Reports for The People
American taxpayers spend over $100 million a year to fund the Congressional Research Service, a "think tank" that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. Yet, these reports are not made available to the public in a way that they can be easily obtained. A project of the Center for Democracy & Technology through the cooperation of several organizations and collectors of CRS Reports, Open CRS provides citizens access to CRS Reports already in the public domain and encourages Congress to provide public access to all CRS Reports.
These reports are searchable by keyword / term.
Examples of available reports:
Global Climate Change: Three Policy Perspectives
Health Care Reform: An Introduction
Immigration Reform Issues in the 111th Congress
The Law of Church and State: General Principles and Current Interpretations
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 5:40 PM
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
The Dark Side of the Web
Google sees only a fraction of the content that appears on the internet. Stuart Andrews finds out what's lurking in the deep web.
The deep web isn’t half as strange or sinister as it sounds. It refers to those portions of the web that, for whatever reason, have been invisible to conventional search engines such as Google. Interesting read.
Found via LISNews (Librarian And Information Science News)
Original posting at Dark side of web
Posted By Callie at 4:35 PM
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Women's History Month at IONA COLLEGE
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 11:09 AM
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
FRB Announces New Online Consumer Guide to Credit Cards
"The Federal Reserve Board on Friday launched a new interactive website to help consumers better understand the new credit card protections that will take effect on February 22. These rules ban several harmful practices and require greater transparency in the disclosure of the terms and conditions of credit card accounts."
"The site, which can be found at www.federalreserve.gov/creditcard, summarizes the main provisions of the rules and explains how they will affect credit card users. Two interactive features will allow consumers to learn more about the terms and fees of credit card offers and about the new features of their monthly statements."
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 10:50 PM
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
More Women's History Month Resources!
Here are links to other Women's History Month sites!
National Endowment for the Humanities – Women's Month
National Park Service
Smithsonian Education – Women's History Month
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 1:51 PM
Women's History Month Information Resources
March is Women's History Month!
Check out the Women's History Month site from the Library of Congress. This guide gathers together and links to information sources on women's history including images and multimedia, teacher resources, and more! The site is cosponsored by The Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 1:42 PM
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
By resourceshelf on Resources
The site contains several categories of resources:
+ Exhibits & Collections
+ For Teachers
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 1:48 PM
Friday, 29 January 2010
African-American Religion: A Documentary History Project
"Headquartered at Amherst College, the African-American Religion: A Documentary History Project (AARDOC) was founded in 1987. The goal of the project is "to produce a comprehensive history of African-American religion." The history is scheduled to be published in a print edition by the University of Chicago Press later in 2010, and the authors of the project have created this site to bring a selection of these materials to the attention of educators and students. The "Advice for Beginners" section contains a brief description of external reference works of note, and then visitors can make their way through brief outlines of different phases in African-American religious history in areas like "Atlantic World" and "Global Phase". The "Sample Documents" area is a real treat, as it features primary documents that tell the story of Billy Sunday's interactions with African-Americans and the 1822-1823 journal of Betsey Stockton, who joined a company of missionaries as they set sail for the Sandwich (Hawaii) Islands.
The site is rounded out by a selection of teaching resources, including syllabi for undergraduate and graduate courses."
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 11:51 AM
Monday, 16 November 2009
Free H1N1 (Influenza) Searchable Information Center Database
eBrary, a vendor of electronic books, has announced availability of
H1N1 (Influenza) Searchable Information Center, a FREE searchable database consisting of
" ... a growing selection of reports, papers, newsletters, posters, and other important materials from government agencies and other trusted sources.
For more information, read our press release at
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 1:22 PM
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Breast Cancer Facts and Figures 2009-2010
Read this thorough report on BREAST CANCER from the American Cancer Society:
Breast Cancer Facts and Figures 2009-2010
What is breast cancer?
Who gets breast cancer?
How many cases and deaths are estimated to occur in 2009?
How many women alive today have ever had breast cancer?
How has the occurrence of breast cancer changed over time?
What factors influence breast cancer survival?
What are the known risk factors for breast cancer?
Can breast cancer be prevented?
What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer?
How can breast cancer be detected early?
How is breast cancer treated?
What research is currently being done on breast cancer?
What resources are available in your community?
What is the American Cancer Society doing about breast cancer?
Sources of statistics
Factors that influence cancer rates
Posted By Adrienne Franco at 2:42 PM
Friday, 2 October 2009
Directory of Social Networks
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