Education, Education, keep fightin’ for it

“Did you see all the old folks in the Center, some older than me and I'm 57. The younger people come at night, they work in the day time.  Education, Education, keep fightin for it.” -From an interview with a woman in an adult education class at Abyssinia Baptist Church, West 130th Street, New York City, May 2, 1939. Poignant, powerful voices from the Great Depression can be heard on the American Life Histories website.  Over 2000 people were interviewed as a part of the Federal Writers’ Project, and the details of how…continue reading →

Scholarly journals….what’s THAT!

Scholarly Journals are magazines that publish new findings, research and commentary from people in the academic field of study. Unlike popular magazines (like People or Sports Illustrated) scholarly journals have few photographs, have longer articles with in-depth analysis, and often treat a narrow element of a larger subject. Articles like this are excellent sources for papers and projects. Examples include The New England Journal of Medicine or the Journal of American History. These journals and their articles are indexed and cataloged and made available to students electronically through subscription databases. What does that…continue reading →

Tell me a story

Children aren’t the only ones who love to hear stories. The ancient art of storytelling is alive and well in the 21st century, and you can be a part of saving the stories of your family and friends. Listen to a story at The Moth, a not-for-profit organization that conducts live storytelling events.  The Moth collects stories, showcases them online and has recently begun touring.  StorySLAMS are held in New York and Los Angeles, with audience member judges scoring each story, and the winner advancing to the Moth GrandSLAM. StoryCorps is an independent…continue reading →

The Internet Movie Database: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Internet Movie Database, IMDB for short, is one of the most popular film sites on the internet. It is a handy tool for researching films and the people who make them. No database as comprehensive and as massive as IMDB is going to be perfect, but using a few simple guidelines and understanding what the database does well will make it a convenient and useful resource for film research. The Good: IMDB is great for matching actor, director, composer etc. to a film. Filmography is one of the things IMDB does best.  If you need…continue reading →

Heard any good books lately?

Bored with the same economic doom and gloom on the radio? Sick of the same tunes during your workout? Now you can laugh through your commute with David Sedaris or brush up on your French pronunciation while you hit the jogging trails. Check out an audio book! John Tyler now has audio books available on the library website through Overdrive. Books are a free download to all John Tyler Community College students, faculty and staff; just use your myTyler login. Books range from chick lit (Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella) to serious poetry…continue reading →