Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Mobile Apps for Study and Research Part 3

In the previous two posts we have explored mobile apps of use to John Tyler students as well as apps for researchers and other students. In this third and last post we look at some great apps for book lovers, history buffs and others.     Recommended Mobile Apps for eBooks and Audiobooks  Google Play [...]

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Mobile Apps for Study and Research Part 2

Yesterday we explored mobile apps recommended for John Tyler Students. Today’s post includes apps of interest to all students and researchers. Recommended Mobile Apps for Research in Periodicals and Scholarly Journals         EBSCOHOST: EBSCOHOST’s mobile app gives you a clean interface for browsing, reading, saving and sending articles from all of EBSCOHOST’s [...]

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Mobile Apps for Study and Research Part 1

Today we begin a three-part post on mobile apps of interest to the John Tyler community. When using your smartphone or tablet, mobile apps can be an advantage for studying and researching when you aren’t near a computer.  Mobile apps are specifically designed to view on a smartphone or tablet; they usually have a clean [...]

Monday, April 9th, 2012

What were you doing in 1940?

  After a 72-year embargo the US Census department released the 1940 census data April 2, 2012. Hosted by Archives.com  and the “first-ever on-line release” the site promptly crashed shortly after going live, unable to handle the 37 million hits in the first hours. Bolstered by new servers, the curious can now search records for [...]

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Library Workshops!

The John Tyler libraries are hosting several workshops for research and citation help that are open to all interested students and staff members. Join us for different tips and tools to successfully search the catalog and various databases.  The workshops also discuss the importance of citing sources and how to format citations using different manuals [...]

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Web Truthiness

  Have you ever seen this “quote?”Full of misinformation, out-right untruths, and deception, the internet can also be a source of facts and information to support the research you do for both college and in your personal life. But how do you tell the difference? And are some websites more reliable than others? The John [...]

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Wolfram Alpha: POWER SEARCHING

If you wanted an answer to a question the old model was: look it up in a book. The newer model says: Google it. An even newer model directs you to Wolfram Alpha, a computational knowledge engine. What is the difference? A search engine such as Google or Bing scans web pages and returns links [...]

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Read all about it! Historic newspapers @ Library of Congress

Ever wondered what happened on this day in 1915?  Travel back in time using the Library of Congress online historic newspapers! LOC digitally archives newspapers from all over the US; read the real paper–ads included.  Get firsthand accounts of historic events, like the election of Abraham Lincoln or the sinking of the RMS Lusitania (which [...]

Monday, September 5th, 2011

World’s Newest Country: South Sudan

On July 9, 2011 just 5 days after the U.S. celebrated its 235 birthday the newest country, South Sudan, declared independence from its northern neighbor, Sudan. According to the CIA World Factbook, “when Sudan gained its independence in 1956, it was with the understanding that the southerners would be able to participate fully in the [...]

Monday, April 18th, 2011

OMG in the OED! LOL

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) calls itself “the definitive record of the English Language.” Unlike standard dictonaries, which have current meanings and spellings of words, the OED is a historical dictionary. The OED defines current words, but also traces the history of words through real examples. Think quotes and examples (3 million in all) from [...]