Grow your own!

Concerned about cost, source, even the methods used to grow your food? GROW YOUR OWN! Why garden? Health. Gardening provides exercise and food. Variety. Home gardeners select vegetable varieties for taste or appearance—not on how well a vegetable keeps in the refrigerator, or how well it travels to market. Striped tomatoes, anyone? Heritage. Remember your Grandfather’s amazing heart-shaped tomatoes? Bitter melon, cream peas, mizuna, and Thai eggplants are not available at the grocery store. Grow your history! Cost. Heirloom tomatoes can cost $6.00/lb; a large tomato may weigh a pound. A packet of…continue reading →

Surprising truth about Wikipedia

Wikipedia is not verified, fact checked, or guaranteed to be true. Really. From Wikipedia: “It is in the nature of an ever-changing work like Wikipedia that, while some articles are of the highest quality of scholarship, others are admittedly complete rubbish. We are fully aware of this.” Researcher beware! With Wikipedia, anyone can change any page. Are these changes fact or opinion? Are authors the expert on their topics? Maybe…maybe NOT. Wikipedia is GREAT for casual research, and excels at pop culture information. (The Doctor Who page is comprehensive and packed with verifiable…continue reading →

Smart People. Smart Libraries.

Enjoy Spring Break and Saint Patrick's Day! Check out this video produced by Library Ireland to celebrate Ireland's public libraries. Remember: JTCC Library is still open during Spring Break: 7:30-5 Monday to Friday. Come in and work on projects without distractions, get help with a paper, or study in peace.continue reading →

Anatomy and Physiology via web: Google Body

Can't get to the library to study with the box of bones? Need a quick skull refresher before your final? Try Google Body! With Google Body you can: View and move detailed model of the human body in 3D See systems individually or together Add or subtract labels Search for organs, bones, muscles and more Share the exact view with other students with the exact URL Google Body only works with Google Chrome, Firefox 4 Beta, or other browsers that support WebGL. (Chrome and Firefox 4 are both free downloads.) Study Anatomy in a…continue reading →

Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don’t Float by Sarah Schmelling

Ever wonder why Romeo didn’t get the tip from Friar Lawrence that Juliet was only taking fake poison? It’s not because Friar John got held up in the quarantine house—it’s because he wasn’t checking his Facebook messages!  That is according to Sarah Schmelling in Ophelia Joined the Group of Maidens Who Don’t Float: Classic Lit Signs on to Facebook. This convergence of social media and stories found on college reading lists is now at the John Tyler library. Other insights from the book: Odysseus received a notice.       “You haven’t signed in for…continue reading →