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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 'Web Resources' Category

Tue, July 10th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: howstuffworks.com
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Since its origin in 1998, HowStuffWorks.com, in addition to being a website, was a public company, has published books, is now part of the Discovery Channel and has a television series.  The site may be overwhelming with too much information - videos, quizzes, games, podcasts, lots of advertising and broad topics including culture, science, auto […]

Mon, July 2nd, 2012
App of the Month: Orbitz
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Orbitz just unveiled a revamped app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad which provides searching for and booking flights, hotels and rental cars.  A study showed the app was twice as fast as similar apps and a test group was able to find and book a complete trip in less than seven minutes.  Kayak […]

Tue, June 12th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: DigitalVaults.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The National Archives has a fascinating site, digitalvaults.org which contains 1,200 documents of historical records of the US.  Included are digitized photos, maps and artwork plus audio files and video clips.   "Shuffle records" is an introduction that provides examples of documents from 1800 to the present.  Keyword or searching by tag results in the […]

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 […]

Thu, May 31st, 2012
It's All in the Family
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

I recently attended the annual conference of the Medical Library Association in Seattle. Yes, it rained, but the conference was excellent. I took a continuing education class called "The ABCs of DNA" to learn about resources for genetics. This is a difficult subject for the uninitiated as well as a frequent topic for patrons at […]

Tue, May 29th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: QueenVictoriasJournals.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

In honor of her Diamond Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth has made available the personal journals of Queen Victoria who is the longest reigning British monarch.  The diaries cover Victoria's coronation at 18, her marriage to Prince Albert and her Diamond Jubilee in 1897.  The Oxford University Bodleian Library collaborating with ProQuest put 43,000 pages on the […]

Mon, May 21st, 2012
"Elementary, my dear Watson!"
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

As a certain Booklist editor said, "When it comes to mystery there is never too much Sherlock," so I'd like to follow up last week's post featuring www.sherlockian.net with a look at a few more sites of interest to devotees of the immortal detective: The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle http://www.siracd.com/ Ignore the ads and enjoy the […]

Wed, May 16th, 2012
Posted by: Lindsay Harmon

The 2012 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit is this weekend. While it may not be quite as big a deal to those of you outside of Chicago, it's still a pretty important event--Chicago is the first American city other than Washington D.C. to host the summit. Here are some background resources: The NATO website […]

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 […]

Sun, May 6th, 2012
App of the Month: Bachtrack
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Bachtrack is a neat app for the classical music fan.  It allows the user to search for concerts, operas and ballet performances by time, location, artist or composer.  The results are listed chronologically so it is possible to find where the works of Bach will be performed in the United States in July 2012.  For […]

Tue, May 1st, 2012
Tony, Tony, Tony!
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

Nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards will be announced on May 1 in a live webcast on www.tonyawards.com.  This website is packed with photos, videos and all kinds of theater history.  You'll even find a gallery of poster from Tony award-winning best plays and musicals back to 1947. Internet Broadway Database http://www.ibdb.com Billing itself as […]

Mon, April 30th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: ironfrog.com/catsmap.html
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Ironfrog.com/catsmap.html is a work in progress but does have a list of libraries in the world that had or have a cat in residence.  The creator of the web site, Gary Roma, may be known to librarians as the author of the documentary, Puss in Books:  Adventures of the Library Cat.  Roma is also a […]

Mon, April 23rd, 2012
All Hail, Bard of Avon!
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

April 23rd is the day we commemorate the immortal William Shakespeare.  In celebration, here is a trio of Will-worthy websites:  The Shakespeare Resource Center http://www.bardweb.net/ supplies links to a variety of sites and includes 'Ask the Bard,' where you type in a question and get a line of Shakespeare in reply.  Internet Shakespeare Editions http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/ […]

Fri, April 20th, 2012
150 Years and Counting
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

As part of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War, the Terra Foundation for American Art, in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library, the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Newberry Library, launched a new website, The Civil War in […]

Thu, April 19th, 2012
Holocaust Remembrance Day Resources
Posted by: Lindsay Harmon

Today is National Holocaust Remembrance Day. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website, the date comes from the Hebrew calendar and corresponds to the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising in 1943. The museum's website also includes a Holocaust Encyclopedia that contains articles, photographs, maps, and audio clips, as well as an ID […]

Sun, April 15th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: Bostonmarathonmediaguide.com
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon founded by the Boston Athletic Association in 1897.  This year will be the 116th marathon.  It was originally held on April 19 or 20 to celebrate Patriot's Day.  Now the Marathon is on the 3rd Monday in April which is also a state holiday in Massachusetts.  In […]

Sat, April 14th, 2012
Titanic Fever
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

Have you caught Titanic fever?  There may be a cure! The Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library at Southeastern Oklahoma State University created this comprehensive website: http://libguides.se.edu/titanic . Still thirsty for more?  Then try this topic page from The New York Times,  which includes historical news stories, or this Titanic roundup from Smithsonian Magazine.  

Mon, April 9th, 2012
App of the Month: Seafood Watch
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Sustainable living is an "in" idea. The public is now aware of over-fishing and endangered fish. With the free Seafood Watch app from the Monterey Bay Aquarium you may search by the popular name of a fish on a menu or in a grocery store.  A best choice is listed in addition to good alternatives […]

Mon, April 2nd, 2012
1940 Census Now Available
Posted by: Lindsay Harmon

Genealogically minded patrons will be excited to learn that the National Archive released the 1940 U.S. Census records today (after a mandatory 72-year waiting period). They're available online through a partnership with Archives.com. More than 3.8 millions digital images of the records can be accessed at http://1940census.archives.gov/.

Thu, March 29th, 2012
Eat Your Words
Posted by: Lindsay Harmon

The International Edible Books Festival takes place every year on April 1 (or so). This "celebration of the ingestion of culture and a way to concretely share a book [that] is also a deeper reflexion on our attachment to food and our cultural differences" involves--you guessed it--book artists and others creating edible works that represent, […]

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