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On-the-go learning: your digital life

On-the-go learning: your digital life

This last week featured Digital Learning Day, a time to learn about and use technology effectively to improve education at all levels – from grade school to college to your career.  Technology is all around us – so ubiquitous, in fact, that sometimes we don’t even notice it, or take full advantage of it. At IU East, smart classrooms let our professors link us to all kinds of multimedia.  Computer labs reside in every building, some with specialized programs for math or art or video design.  You can connect to the wireless network anywhere on campus.  And IU offers you thousands of dollars worth of free software for your home computer. Chances are you use the web and Wikipedia and … Continued
Cure for AIDS?

Cure for AIDS?

At the 2012 International AIDS Conference in late July, researchers discussed a potential cure for HIV. We have already made great strides in developing medication that can help to suppress the virus, but it’s hard to imagine we could be so close to curing a virus that has plagued mankind for decades. Does this breakthrough of modern science grab your attention? Interested in following the story of AIDS research as scientists work to uncover the secrets of this potential cure? Good news! The Library has many databases that can assist you in your quest! I have three recommendations for progressively more in-depth research into the topic: 1. You may want to start with a basic overview of the virus. Just … Continued
March Madness in the Library!

March Madness in the Library!

March Madness is coming! March Madness is coming! March Madness is coming!  If you are as excited by college athletics as I am then you must be amped up for the start of March Madness, also known as the NCAA College Basketball Championship Tournament.  This is a chance for us to see the best in college sports.  Heartache, excitement, controversy, competitiveness, and all the things we love about collegiate competition are embodied in the tournament.   If watching the games aren’t enough for you, stop by the library and check out some of these basketball and tournament related tools and resources. If you are interested in researching past tournaments some of the best resources are available in one of the library’s … Continued
Last Minute Research

Last Minute Research

This time of year, with everything we have to do, a lot seems to get pushed to the last minute.  Last minute shopping, last minute decorating, last minute cooking, last minute cleaning… and last minute research.  We’ve all been there.  A big assignment, and it’s coming due… but we haven’t had time to do the research yet. It isn’t an ideal situation.  And just like last minute shoppers have to deal with picked-over stores, your options will be a bit more limited.  But fear not – you can still do great research and turn in a great project. Obviously, if your assignment is due tomorrow, using Interlibrary Loan won’t help.  So you’re limited to resources available right now.  But there’s … Continued
Healthy Searching

Healthy Searching

In case you didn’t notice, it SNOWED last week!  This also means we’re entering cold and flu season; and it means you’re likely going to be “Google-ing” your symptoms.  Don’t try to deny it! I recently took an online course from the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) on Health Information Literacy; which means understanding where to find good health information and how to evaluate it once you’ve located it.  In addition to the excellent health related databases mentioned in last week’s blog, if you decide to search the web for information here are a few RUSA recommends: HealthfinderDeveloped by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Healthfinder links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 … Continued