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August 28, 2009

ELM / EBSCO Webinars

Minitex Reference Services and EBSCO are pleased to offer the following upcoming webinars:

Overview of Medical Resources
Sept. 15, 2009, 12:30-1:30pm
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:30-10:30am

A thorough overview of the Consumer Health Complete medical resource including key features such as accessing Evidence-Based Reports, reference book content, medical images, animations and video as well as searching a variety of health topics. An overview of additional medical databases AltHealth Watch, HealthSource Consumer Edition and HealthSource Nursing will also be covered.

Points of View
Sept. 16, 2009, 10:00-11:00am
Sept. 30, 2009, 12:00-1:00pm

A detailed overview of an online tool to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of a wide range of controversial subjects and evaluate the issues of yesterday, today and tomorrow. This session will include reviewing key essays (Overview, Point, Counterpoint and Guide to Critical Analysis) on a variety of topics. Advanced searching techniques using lexiles, limiters and source types will also be covered.

Research Tools for Grades K-5 (Searchasaurus / Kids Search)
Sept. 18, 2009, 3:00-4:00pm
Sept. 24, 2009, 3:30-4:30pm

An overview, for teachers and librarians, of the Searchasaurus (designed for pre-K - Grades 3 students) and Kids Search interface (designed for Grade K-5 students). A variety of search techniques using the interface's functionality will be covered including searching by Lexiles, subjects and topics.

Research Tools for Middle and High School (Student Research Center)
Sept. 25, 2009, 3:00-4:00pm
Sept. 28, 2009, 12:00-1:00pm
A thorough overview of research tools for teachers and librarians including Student Research Center (designed for Grade 6 -12 students) and EBSCOhost interfaces. A variety of search techniques including source-type searching and searching by Lexiles will be covered. Key research databases include: Middle Search Plus, MAS Ultra, Science Reference Center, Professional Development Collection, ERIC and HealthSource Consumer will be covered.
Science Reference Center
Sept. 22, 2009, 9:00-10:00am
Oct. 6, 2009, 12:30-1:30pm

This session will take a look at the broad spectrum of reference information from the areas of life sciences, physical sciences and earth & space sciences, including scientist and mathematician biographies, science videos and science experiments contained in Science Reference Center. Conducting advanced searches to retrieve specific information will be emphasized.

To register please go to http://support.ebsco.com/customtraining and select Minitex as Your Sponsoring Group.

August 25, 2009

Library rules via movie

Making a movie is very easy these days. Here is a great example of rules posted for a library made by Mary Rumsey, Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian at the University of Minnesota:Rules for using the Law Library. Mary used xtranormal.com which is a program that allows you to transform your text into a movie - for free.

August 24, 2009

Social Media Revolution

This seems to be making the rounds. It's message is very effective. A lot of stats.

August 11, 2009

July Issue of Reference Notes is on the Web

Where has the summer gone? July zipped by, but not before we could capture some of the happenings from it for our monthly Reference Notes newsletter. You'll find our highlights from the ALA Annual Conference, including the following stories:

- More Effective Online Tutorials
- Who Cares About Privacy?
- Social Learning & Political Engagement
- OCLC Symposium - Leadership Beyond the Recession
- Using Twitter to Enhance a Digital Reference Cooperative Service, and
- K-16 Information Literacy and MN Librarians at ALA


- New ELM Databases!
- Consumer Health Information on the Internet
- Metronet Information Literacy Conference
- Multimedia Resources, and
- Upcoming ELM Webinars

Check out our Reference Notes page for this and past issues of the newsletter.