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Virtual Visits

So, the long Labor Day weekend is coming up and you’d like to go somewhere, visit someplace. But you’re a student, you don’t have much money or much time to do that, maybe. Consider a virtual visit to some of the world’s best museums and collections using the ARTstor database. You could visit New York City by going to the Architecture and Design Collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): or take a “trip” to the bridges and canals of Venice by exploring the photographic collection of Sarah Quill (the Architecture of Venice collection within ArtStor): or make...
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Health Care 2009

A current topic of interest and one that has an impact on the lives of all Americans is affordable health care. There are usually government documents at the core of every important issue in the United States, and a colleague, Steve Beleu (Oklahoma Department of Libraries, U.S. Government Information Division) posted two items of interest. He writes… In light of town-hall meetings about H.R. 3200, “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009” it might be useful to have this…and also a summary of the bill from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO): a one page Summary of bill from Thomas...
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PubMed-EX

I just learned about PubMed-EX, a new Firefox Addon which performs text-mining on any record in PubMed and provides additional background information on key terms in little pop-up boxes. A great feature if you regularly search PubMed, and especially if you sometimes get overwhelmed with all the scientific terms you find as you search PubMed. Below is a screenshot of what this great addon can do as you search PubMed:
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What do you “ask a librarian”?

The newly redesigned Baylor University Libraries web page has our “Ask a Librarian” widget right up front, making it easy for  you to get answers to questions you might have about doing research, what we have in the Library, and how to find the right sort of articles for your class assignments.  We get questions from students studying abroad and needing to know what they can still get to while they are in Maastricht or at St. Andrew’s and from students and faculty who are at a computer terminal in the Central Libraries but can’t find what they are...
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Codex Sinaiticus: Digitized 4th Century Bible

Truett Seminary and Religion students take note. The Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest existing copy of the Christian Bible, has been digitized by the Codex Sinaiticus Project. Codex Sinaiticus, a manuscript of the Christian Bible written in the middle of the fourth century, contains the earliest complete copy of the Christian New Testament. The hand-written text is in Greek. The New Testament appears in the original vernacular language (koine) and the Old Testament in the version, known as the Septuagint, that was adopted by early Greek-speaking Christians. In the Codex, the text of both the Septuagint and the New Testament...
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Swine Flu Resources

In public health emergencies, such as the recent swine flu outbreak, it is important to not get caught up in the media hype, but to go right to informed sources for non-sensational information. If you would like information about the swine flu outbreak, we recommend the following resources: The Center for Disease Control has an informational page, as does the World Heath Organization. The blog called Effect Measure, a part of the Scienceblogs network, is a great source for information about the swine flu and is written by senior public health scientists and practitioners. Searching through some of Baylor’s...
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Everything Has “History”

Have I mentioned how much I love online content?  No?  Well, I do!  And when that content is both intelligent and presented in a useful and adaptable manner I feel like a kid with a quarter in a penny candy shop.  I have a new love. The comprehensiveness of this resource is awesome.  From warfare in ancient Greece and Rome to American theatre, from literary criticism to science, from philosophy to food, from music and music theory to political thought, this series goes beyond the “traditional” bounds of history. But then, everything has a history, so don’t be surprised...
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Music just a click away

Did you know that you can access tons of streamed music through the Baylor Libraries?  We subscribe to several resources that can connect you with an amazing amount of music in a number of styles or genres: From the Libraries’ homepage, you can use the search widget on the left. Select “search for databases by keyword” and enter “streaming music.”  You’ll see a list of all the streaming music databases we subscribe to. If you use these links or the links below, you’ll be able to access these resources from on or off campus. All of the databases will...
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Searching Smarts: About vs. By

You’ve just read Mark Twain’s travel stories Innocents Abroad and have been inspired to write your ENG1304 paper on Twain’s observations on travel (see a review of Innocents Abroad).  Your lunch in the SUB ends early and as you pass by the computers you think to do a quick search to see if there’s any good information on Twain and travel before your next class starts in 20 minutes.  So you go to BearCat and to make sure we have something on Twain.  But, whoa! you get over 800 results!  And most of them seem to have to do...
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