“The legacy version of American FactFinder will no longer be available as of Jan. 20. Nearly all of the data from the older version has now been uploaded to the new American FactFinder website, including previous years of American Community Survey estimates and data from the Economic Census and other business surveys.” See the press release for more info and links to tutorials for the new version as well as announcements of other recent publications.
Google Scholar now has a feature for authors to track their citations and create their own author profile. See the Google Scholar Citations Open To All post about it on the Google Scholar Blog for details. Or just click on the “My Citations” link on Google Scholar in the upper right corner to get started.
Time Magazine’s All-TIME 100 Best Nonfiction Books (has links to best movies, novels, albums, gadgets and TV shows of all time too).
Wired Magazine interviews Bill McKibben about the tar sands.
JSTOR announcement: “…we are making journal content on JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere, freely available to the public for reading and downloading. This includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals, representing approximately 6% of the total content on JSTOR.” See the full announcement for more details. Since Middlebury already subscribes to most modules, it will only add access to a small number of journals, mainly in the sciences.
Some of these might be useful for personal use:
- PC World: “Still Awesome After All These Years: Eight Excellent Free Downloads“
- and from the Free Technology for Teachers website: “10 Free Online Image Editing Tools“
Using online library resources helps too! See the JISC Library Impact Data blog (the post above refers to this blog). Their analysis of cross-institutional data shows that there is a “statistically significant relationship between both book loans and e-resources use and student attainment.”
Using DocScanner to Scan on the Go For those with iPhones or Android phones, this app seems potentially quite useful.
This spring/summer the library added a number of new resources or expanded coverage of existing resources. See the New & Trial Resources guide for full descriptions. For example:
Summon (our new search tool)
Ebook Library (EBL)
More online journals / periodicals (Elsevier, Sage, Nature, Economist, Times of India, PAO, JSTOR)
Britannica Global Reference Center
Oxford Handbooks Online
Naxos Music Library
Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics
American County Histories
Archives Unbound (digitized primary source documents)
Scopus (similar to Web of Science)
Gartner Research (Technology research)
UlrichsWeb Global Serial Directory