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September 2010

Credo Reference

Check out one of our finest online reference resources, Credo Reference. Encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference books are great sources for reliable information. Reference books are a great way to familiarize yourself with a new topic. Credo Reference makes the process even easier as you can quickly search for relevant entries.

This online resource does a little of everything. Credo boasts a robust array of online reference sources. At your disposal are great reference sources such as the Encyclopedia of School Psychology, Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Transatlantic World, etc. These sources and more are at your searching fingertips. You can further break down your search by subject in the drop down menu next to the search box or browse the subject lists under the “Find a Book” link.

The Concept Map is a particularly useful tool for visualizing the topic of your research. The tool graphically displays your central topic and related terms in an interconnected map. Scrolling over related terms connects you to articles and further information through a pop up window. Try searching your term in the Concept Map interface to narrow or expand on your topic.

Under the “Gadgets” link an assortment of tools are available. You can convert measurements like imperial pints to other volumes or you can convert fuel consumption. If you’re having trouble spelling a word you can use the “Crossword search,” using “?” in place of letters, especially useful for crossword puzzle addicts. Other gadget searches include; persons, holidays, quotations, places and definitions.

What’s your favorite banned book?

September 25th-October 2nd is Banned Books Week. Commemorated every year by the American Library Association, the purpose of this week is to draw attention to books that have been challenged, banned or withdrawn from library collections. The ALA believes that since books represent freedom of speech, they should be available for everyone to judge and evaluate.

Below is a list of the Wheelock Library staff’s favorite banned books.

Let us know what YOUR favorite is!

Adam’s favorite: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Allyson’s favorite: To Kill a Mockingbird
Ann’s favorite: the Harry Potter series
Anne’s favorites: Little Red Riding Hood and And Tango Makes Three
Ashley’s favorite: Lolita
Brenda’s favorite: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
Molly’s favorite: The Handmaid’s Tale

Back to school, back to books!

I love September – new beginnings, cooler weather, beautiful colors. I always loved to read and maybe that’s one reason I chose education as my profession. I grew up in a community that was open to different points of view. While in school I learned that there were books that we read that were not allowed in other schools throughout the country. Here are some of my favorites: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Sneak a peek of these wonderful books – with a flashlight, under your covers.
Have a productive and good year,
Jeannie Blazar
Director, Wheelock College Resource Center

Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Do you have a card to your public library? Do you know what the library can offer you?

Here are a few ways you can use your local library:

– Learn about local candidates running for office
– Read a newspaper from another country

– Borrow an audiobook for your next roadtrip

– Volunteer as a literacy tutor

Interested in more? Check out a full list here.

Area residents, please check-out these local libraries’ card sign-up policies:

Boston Public Library
Brookline Public Library
Cambridge Public Library
Newton Public Library

Banned: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

Banning a dictionary? Really?!?
WARNING! The following definition is not appropriate for those under the age of 18.
Bed (transitive verb) – to have sexual relations with
Brenda E.