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Archive for October, 2009

Mirror, mirror on the wall – who’s the fairest of them all?  Play it again, Sam.   Elementary, my dear Watson. I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto. These phrases have become part of the fabric of our everyday lives – but they’re all actually misquoted from famous movies.

AMC has a great site  which compiles the most familiar of these from 75 years of sound films called the Greatest Film Misquotes.  But don’t just take their word for it – clips are included so you can hear the quotes and the spoofs  for yourself!

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The E-Reference invasion is happening at WSC. No longer do you have to confine your search of reference books to the physical stacks in the library, and be limited to research only during hours the library is open. Try these E-Reference Books! All 1,200 e-Book titles are available 24/7 from off campus.

  • Credo Reference – 434 reference books from a variety of publishers. Searches all titles in just one search.
  • Oxford Reference Premium Collection – “the world’s most trusted reference collection”. 200 titles from bi-lingual dictionaries to quotations to literary companions and more.
  • Oxford English Dictionary – “the definitive record of the English language”. Over 500,000 words defined and verified by 2.5 million quotations.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library – 28 multi-volume, specialized reference sources such as encyclopedias of Alternative Medicine, Bioethics, Films and Filmmakers, Islam and the Muslim World
  • Pop Culture Universe – access by decade or subject. A vast array of almost 400 e-Books about the influence that popular culture has had on our world today.
  • Encyclopedia of Science & Technology – 10th edition. Encyclopedia articles, video, news, images, scientific definitions and biographies on 7,000+ scientific topics.
  • Biography Resource Center – 135 titles such as Contemporary Authors, Encyclopedia of World Biography, Contemporary Musicians… Also contains an added module of 22 titles in the respected Marquis Who’s Who series, such as Who’s Who in: America, Entertainment, Science & Engineering, Emerging Leaders
  • Current Biography – Research and reliable, in-depth profiles of people world-wide and across all professions. Includes updated biographies not available in the print set.
  • General encyclopedias such as Britannica, Americana and the Academic American.

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Flu Concerns

Do you have questions about the H1N1, Bird flu or seasonal flu? Your one-stop access to critical and reputable information is the web site http://www.flu.gov/.

This site, managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has pulled together all the information from the White House, CDC, Homeland Security, and the Department of Education, that you need to answer any and all questions about the flu. The site has webcasts, blogs, and lots of other connections, so you can get this important health information whichever way you like it.  The site is also available in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese – and there are links to the Massachusetts plan for dealing with an influenza epidemic.

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There was an interesting feature on the local TV news last week about the new print-on-demand service now being offered at the  Harvard Coop. And the revolution in e-Book readers like Kindle and the Sony Reader, Google Books, and apps for the iPhone and iTouch are promising to change the way college students buy and use textbooks.

But if you don’t have a Kindle or Sony Reader, and want a free alternative, the WSC Library has almost 10,000 electronic books that you can “check out”.  Why read a book online? It’s a great way to get access to books that aren’t available locally when time is of the essence, if you only need to check a passage or need just one chapter. You can access our eBook collection on our subject guide for e-Books where there is a also a quick one page guide for first time users. It’s a free service for WSC users. Why not check it out?

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