Nothing Raggedy about It

January 18, 2008

When it comes to doing academic research, Google is just not the ideal search engine. It’s like trying to go grocery shopping at a Super Wal-Mart. So if you’re in the market for some information, go some place where there’s … Continued

Make Science U Your Alma Mater

November 28, 2007

Forget about struggling over getting that Ph.D. or Master’s degree– now you can get all the science knowledge you need from Science U online. The site is actually designed to help younger students understand the many aspects of science through … Continued

Search the World's Libraries with WorldCat

November 14, 2007

The library will always be a refuge for cheapskates like me. For as much as I read, I have a pretty lackluster bookshelf at home–mostly just leftover textbooks from college, mangled paperbacks, and my copy of Kent Montana and the … Continued

Take a Virtual Field Trip

November 13, 2007

Virtual Field Trips offers a bundle of web excursions – perfect if you want to break the ennui of concrete walls without actually having to go through the rigamarole of leaving school grounds. The trips are simply step-by-step web seminars … Continued

Check out ibiblio, the Online Library

November 12, 2007

Ibiblio. It’s the public’s library. “Wait a minute,” you’re thinking. “Isn’t… uh… the public library the public’s library?” Well, yes, of course it is. And while this librarian would never advocate replacing the brick-and-mortar library with anything, she will admit … Continued

Keeping it Real: The Free Information Society

November 8, 2007

The Free Information Society is a nice little site chock full of, you guessed it, free information. There are tons of miniature biographies, loads of sound clips, and pictures galore for just about any subject you can think of. Categories … Continued

Decipher Alphabet Soup Programs with

November 1, 2007

Recently, a European-born friend of mine asked me what I do when I come across unfamiliar acronyms in something I’m reading. I didn’t have a good answer, but the question made me aware of how much we’re bombarded by abbreviations … Continued

Banned Books Week Roundup

October 5, 2007

Banned Books Week ends on Saturday. But that doesn’t mean you need to forget about reading. In the spirit of celebrating the freedom to read, here are a few tools that can keep you and your students reading. Daily Lit … Continued

Dangerous Literature: Banned Books Week

October 1, 2007

It’s that time of year again when nerds like me can feel subversive. That’s right, welcome to the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, celebrating the freedom to read. If you ever wanted to get kids hooked on reading, you’ve … Continued