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This is the archive of the blog Points of Reference. From 2009-2012 a team of library reference experts talked about resources (books, databases, Web sites, e-books, and more) and publishing trends.

Archive for the 'Education' Category

Tue, October 16th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: OnTheIssues.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The 2012 presidential election is three weeks from today and OnTheIssues.org. may help the electorate decide which candidate they would choose for president of the US.  The site which has the subtitle "Every Political Leader on Every Issue," provides views of US elected officials or candidates on major political issues including abortion, civil rights, education, […]


Wed, October 3rd, 2012
App of the Month: Brain Quest
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Brain Quest is celebrating its 20th anniversary so in conjunction with Dreamkind , it has released an app for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Nook Tablet and Nook Color.  The free app has 100 questions for each of grades 1-5.  Additional questions (600 per grade) are available for $2.99 for each level.  Children may play alone […]


Wed, September 19th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: Wallacefoundation.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The Wallace Foundation was created by DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, founders of the Reader's Digest.  The goal of the organization is to fund "projects to test innovative ideas for solving important social problems...and then communicating the results to help others."   Their mission and vision is of bettering the lives of disadvantaged children through learning […]


Tue, August 28th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: earthquake.usgs.gov
Posted by: Christine Bulson

For information on earthquakes the US Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program has an excellent web site.  There is a real-time  map depicting where quakes have occurred in the last seven days with a table showing the exact location, time and magnitude.  A simple registration will send automated e-mails when an earthquake occurs in your area.  […]


Tue, August 21st, 2012
Web Site of the Week: baseballhall.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The National Baseball Hall of Fame is worth a trip to Cooperstown for anyone who loves our national pastime.  If you can't get there and are a teacher,  you will find some interesting lesson plans on the site.  The plans are for grades 2-12  in areas including math, science, social studies, the arts and character […]


Thu, August 9th, 2012
Continuing Education Your Way
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

Have you always wanted to learn about artificial intelligence? Do you regret never taking calculus? How about trying to finally understand why so many people like science fiction? The folks at Coursera understand. They offer free online classes from top universities like University of California, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Michigan. […]


Tue, July 31st, 2012
Web Site of the Week: burgershereandthere.com
Posted by: Christine Bulson

For parents and teachers who would like to engage children in learning about the countries that are participating in the Olympics, look at burgershereandthere.com.   With the motto, "making exotic flavors un-scary, one burger recipe at a time, one country at a time," the blogger, Linda Monach began with Afghanistan in January 2011 and the most […]


Mon, June 4th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: Change.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Ben Rattray is the CEO of Change.org which appeared in 2007.  The site is described as  a "social action platform that empowers anyone, anywhere to start, join, and win campaigns to change the world."  An individual can start a petition for change, gather support and hopefully succeed.  Popular petitions at the moment include setting up […]


Mon, May 14th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: Sherlockian.net
Posted by: Christine Bulson

In celebration of Booklist's  "Mystery Month", the web site of the week is honoring a great author of mysteries, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Sherlockian.net, originated by Chris Redmond in 1994 and still edited by him, provides information on all things Sherlockian.  Of course there is a list of all the stories, with links to additional […]


Thu, March 29th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: Autismspeaks.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Next Monday, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day.  Autism now affects 1 in every 88 children in the US, according to a report released this week by the Center for Disease Control.   An additional startling figure is that the cost of autism in the US is greater than that of the entire GDP […]


Sat, March 17th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: ClimateCentral.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Although there continues to be discussion on whether there is climate change,  since 2008 ClimateCentral.org analyzes and reports on climate science.  The organization believes the "climate crisis" is a real danger.  Their goal is to inform and inspire Americans to "support the actions needed to keep the crises from getting worse." In conjunction with news […]


Sun, February 12th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: FordsTheatre.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Today is the 203rd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth.  To celebrate this occasion Ford's Theatre is opening the Center for Education and Leadership in a building across from the theatre and adjacent to house where Lincoln died.  The Center depicts the history of Lincoln's life and his influence on that time.  FordsTheatre.org. provides information on […]


Sun, November 13th, 2011
Web Site of the Week: Feline Health Center, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The Feline Health Center is one many useful websites produced by Cornell University.  A general information page gives cat owners ideas about choosing and caring for a cat, health hazards, etc. There is additional information on aging, cancer and other health issues, behavior, spaying and neutering and of course nutrition and weight control.  Both online […]


Mon, October 31st, 2011
Web Site of the Week: Earthcam.com/USA/NewYork/StatueOfLiberty
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty was last Friday, October 28 and a part of the celebration on Liberty Island was 125  people from 46 countries taking the citizenship oath and becoming citizens of the US.  Another exciting event was the launching of four webcams -  the torch, harbor, crown and Lady Liberty […]


Sun, October 16th, 2011
Web Site of the Week: Education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Today is "Dictionary Day," celebrating the "achievements and contributions of Noah Webster, the father of the modern dictionary."  My favorite online dictionary is still Merriam-Webster.com but another good source is the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, a part of Yahoo/reference.  This is a clean site devoid of flashing advertisements, etc. which […]


Sat, October 1st, 2011
Web Site of the Week: Metmuseum.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has just updated their web site.  There are now over 340,000 entries for paintings, sculptures, costumes and photographs in the museum many with images.  For the prospective visitor, floor plans of over 375 galleries  are clickable and zoomable.  There are suggested itineraries for a half day, […]


Sun, September 25th, 2011
Web Site of the Week: ProCon.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

After reading David Tyckoson's recent blog on "Reference Sources That We Once Loved...," it reminded me of one of my favorites, Taking Sides. For those of you who don't remember or are new to reference (before the internet),  TS is a multi-volume set arranged by broad topics and then includes popular issues of the day […]


Tue, August 16th, 2011
Web Site of the Week: eBird.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

eBird.org was developed in 2002 by Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society. It is a database of  bird distribution and now accepts sightings throughout the world.  What makes it unique is that amateur birders are encouraged to report sightings of birds.  This provides scientists and researchers information for the study of the […]


Wed, August 10th, 2011
App of the month: Fooducate
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Fooducate - "eat a bit better," will help those who want to eat healthier.  After taking a picture of a bar code of a product, the app displays the food's value for health - rated from A to D. It also analyzes the nutritional information and notes if there is lots of sugar, trans fats, […]


Sat, July 2nd, 2011
Web Site of the Week: Agoogleaday.com
Posted by: Christine Bulson

A Google a Day was launched by Google in April 2011 in partnership with  the New York Times.  A question is asked online each day, Monday - Friday and is also in the Times adjacent to the daily crossword puzzle.  The difficulty of the question increases each day.  It is an excellent way to increase […]





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