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 Tyler Community College Library can help you in your search for trustworthy information.  We have tips on our web page for evaluating websites.  There is much more to web researching than Wikipedia or even Google Scholar so we…continue reading →

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 to those pages matching the search query. Wolfram Alpha returns answers from its “own internal knowledge base.” Which is great if, say, you want to know the route an airplane would travel between Chicago and Tokyo rather that…continue reading →

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 brought America into the first World War.) Check out local papers that are no longer in circulation.  The Richmond Planet was the oldest African-American newspaper to be published AND it was started right here in Richmond.  Don’t miss…continue reading →

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 political system.” Unfortunately that has not always been so. After 2 conflicts and more than 2.5 million deaths the South Sudanese voted in January 2011 to form their own country. Located near the horn of Africa, South Sudan…continue reading →

Retirement Planning for Millennials (no kidding!)

The U.S. Census Bureau has released population predictions for 2050. If you are a Millennial, the generation defined by Pew Research as being born between 1981 and 2000, you can expect to retire about that same time. What changes can you expect? The world will definitely be more crowded, the population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2040. Due to lower fertility rates China will no longer be the most populous nation. It will be replaced by India by 2025. The U.S. will remain at number three and the only country in…continue reading →

Vintage books from PsychNet: How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis was a reformer, journalist and photographer who lived and worked at the turn of the 20th century. His stories and photographs chronicled the desperate poverty of tenement dwellers. Riis's work brought the hidden world of urban slums to middle class eyes--and to those of political leaders like Theodore Roosevelt. His work led to reforms in building codes, child labor laws, and schools. Read the book--and see the fascinating photographs--for yourself. How the Other Half Lives is full of real-life details told in a straighforward style. It also contains the tenement photographs for which…continue reading →

Streaming video @ JTCC Library

American History in Video brings high-quality streaming video to JTCC. American History in Video gives students and faculty online access to 2,000 hours of  vintage newsreels, archival footage, and award-winning documentaries. View synchronized, scrolling transcripts for each video Search transcripts with keywords Create playlists and clips Share clips via permanent URLs through Blackboard or email Access on and off campus via desktop or mobile Use without copyright concerns More features HERE. Try it out: FDR and his dog Fala. Questions? Contact the Midlothian library (while Chester library is closed) at 594-1520.continue reading →

SmartHistory.org

SmartHistory is an open source, web-based textbook created by two art historians. Study art in a modern way with video, commentary and interactive content.  SmartHistory.org won a Webby for Best Education Website in 2009. Watch videos of two scholars analyzing work while viewing it in person. (The Starry Night video includes discussion about how difficult it is to see such a popular painting in a crowded museum!) View eras and commentary organized both stylistically and chronologically with both text and images. Explore artist singly or within larger context. Upload your own photos, content and…continue reading →

Visit Williamsburg’s Hidden Collections…ONLINE

Most people living in Virginia have visited Colonial Williamsburg. Some were dragged as fourth graders, others visited as amateur historians, others breezed through on the way to the outlet malls. But Williamsburg is not just the Governor's Mansion and Duke of Gloucester Street; the foundation also owns a large collection of antiques which are rarely on display. These 60,000 objects are the stars of Colonial Williamsburg's new eMuseum. The online collection includes ceramics, art, costumes, textiles, furniture, prints, maps and firearms from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Each item has a photo,…continue reading →

Do your best: online study guides

Struggling with Pride and Prejudice? Have a class discussion on Hamlet and no idea what to say? Do a bit of extra reading and get the clues you need--free and online. A bit of reading and research can increase your understanding--and your grade! Check out the following websites for extra help: SparkNotes: No Fear Shakespeare! "Created by Harvard students for students everywhere" these free online guides can help you deepen your understanding of a text, decide what to write on a paper, help you speak intelligently in class, and impress your friends." Subjects:…continue reading →