Monthly Archives: February 2012

Can I Stream It?

With the growth of services that offer online movies it’s becoming more difficult to know which one might offer a streaming version of a movie. With CanIStream.It you can search across services to see if the movie you want is available.

Can I Stream It?

Let’s say you are a regular techie with a Netflix account, a Hulu account, and since you only shop online, you also have an Amazon Prime account. Now let’s say you want to know if a movie you’re dying to watch is available to be streamed instantly, using any of these accounts.

With CanIStream.It, you can search across all of these services and pick the one you want to use. And if the movie you’re looking for is not available, just sign-up, set a reminder and voila we will shoot you an email when your chosen service makes the movie available. It’s simple and fast.

CanIStream.it also searches iTunes, Crackle, Blockbuster, Youtube Movies, EPIX, Vudu, Android, and Amazon OnDemand stores; so if a movie isn’t available you might still be able to digitally rent or purchase it.

Just type in the movie title you want to search for and then select “Streaming”, “Rental”, “Purchase”, or “DVD/Blu-ray” from the menu to check for availability. If the movie is available, simply click on the icon and it will take you to the movie page, for the service you selected. If not, then sign-in and set a reminder and we’ll let you know when it becomes available.

CanIStream.It is a free service created by the UrbanPixels crew for the community. We were missing a service like this, so we built it and now hope that other people find it useful too.

Developing Search Strategies

These two brief video tutorials from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) are excellent introductions to developing the search strategies you will use during your research. The database examples they use are Project Muse and Academic Search Complete, both of which are available through our own list of databases (be sure to log in to Esearch to access the databases).

New Series After Spring Break

The time has come to wrap up our initial blog series. Fiction Friday and Music Monday are heading to the archives. After Spring Break we’ll start “10 Things to Know About the Curriculum Room” to promote the resources available to education majors at UT, and Free Stuff Friday which will focus on some of the best free information resources available on the Internet.

What Librarians Think About: Food in the Library

Is it OK to have food in the library? Frankly, librarians disagree. Some libraries have moved to allow almost any food in the library, including having cafes and coffee shops located inside the library. On the other hand, many libraries do not allow any food or liquids.

The official policy of the Macdonald Kelce Library is that food is not allowed in the library.

“No food of any kind is allowed in the study rooms, computer labs, study/reading areas, or other areas designated by members of the Library staff.

“Consume only non-alcoholic beverages in spill proof and closed lid containers, e.g., sports bottles or other containers, which are made of hard plastic and which, have a screw-on or hard plastic cap to prevent spillage. Hot and cold cups from fast-food restaurants or vending machines, juice boxes, and canned soft drinks are NOT allowed.”

One of the jobs liked least by librarians and library staff is playing the role of food cop. We all understand that a student’s schedule can be hectic and sometimes studying and snacking go hand in hand.

However, when we have to clean up someone’s mess we become much more stringent in enforcing the rules. Also, if we can smell it in our offices we’ll probably ask you to take it outside.

The reason we object to food in the library is because food remains attracts pests. And pests destroy books. So, please, help us keep our books healthy and keep the food out of the library. Just because you’ve eaten here before, or seen others do it, does not mean that you won’t be asked to leave if we see you eating.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The winner of the 2011 Academy Award for best Animated Short Film is a subject dear to every librarian’s heart.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011)

Watch it in full-screen at YouTube.

Congratulations to the whole ‘krewe‘ at Moonbot Studios!

Reference Question of the Week: Where can I find scientific articles on how spices affect foodborne pathogens?

For this question my first stop is usually ScienceDirect (make sure you’re logged in to Esearch). From there I start with a broad search (using, for example, the keywords: spices foodborne pathogens). When I get to the results page I refine my results even further. Using the tools on the left-hand side of the page I limit my search to only ‘journal’ articles. Then I use the ‘Search within results’ box and add another keyword or two (for example: e. coli). I can continue to narrow my search using the tools on the left-hand side, or by adding more keywords.

When I use ‘garlic’ as a keyword instead of ‘e. coli’ I find the article “Effects of spices on growth and survival of Escherichia coli 0157 and Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis in broth model systems and mayonnaise” by Renata G.K Leuschner and Juliette Zamparini. Once I have this article I can use the references at the end of the paper to locate more works on my research topic, or I can do another search.

You might also try Academic Search Complete (which you can find on the databases page). When using the key terms ‘Escherichia coli’, ‘garlic’ and ‘antimicrobial’ (and then restricting my search to ‘Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals’ by using the check box on the left-hand side) I found “Evaluation of antibacterial activity of Indian spices against common foodborne pathogens” by Sofia, Papachan Karur; Prasad, Rajendra; Vijay, Virendra Kumar; and Srivastava, Ashok Kumar.

You might also experiment with using SciRus, PubMed, CINAHL, and ProQuest.

Music Monday: Sound Unbound

While writing about music may be akin to dancing about architecture (as Martin Mull once quipped) it can help sometimes to put different types of music into their historical and cultural contexts. Sound Unbound is edited by Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky). This collection takes a look at the history of the re-mix in music. How long has sampling been around? In addition to nearly three dozen essays by writers as diverse as electronics wizard Jaron Lanier, rap icon Chuck D, and futurist Bruce Sterling this book is accompanied by an eclectic mix CD of avant-garde music.

“The groundbreaking mix CD that accompanies this book features Nam Jun Paik, the Dada Movement, John Cage, Sonic Youth, and many other examples of avant-garde music. Most of the CD’s content comes from the archives of Sub Rosa, a legendary record label that has been the benchmark for archival sounds since the beginnings of electronic music.” [source]

If you’re interested in remix culture you might also want to check out Lawrence Lessig’s Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy.

Fiction Friday: In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders

George Saunders is a four-time winner of the National Magazine Award, and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (aka MacArthur Genius Grant) in 2007. Primarily a short-story writer, Saunders has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut for his masterful blending of tragedy and comedy.

George Saunders helped the University of Tampa launch its MFA-Creative Writing program in January 2012 by visiting campus and staying here for a week as a writer in residence. He is currently a professor of creative writing at Syracuse University.

Braindead megaphone : essays / George Saunders. 2007
Library Location: MAIN Call Number: PS3569.A7897 B73 2007 Status: Shelved in the New Books Area

Brief and frightening reign of Phil / George Saunders. 2005
Library Location: MAIN Call Number: PS3569.A7897 B75 2005 Status: Shelved in the New Books Area

In persuasion nation : stories / by George Saunders. 2007
Library Location: MAIN Call Number: PS3569.A7897 I5 2007 Status: Shelved in the New Books Area

Pastoralia : stories / by George Saunders. 2001
Library Location: MAIN Call Number: PS3569.A7897 E53 2001 Status: Checked out

Very persistent gappers of Frip / George Saunders ; illustrated by Lane Smith. 2005
Library Location: MAIN Call Number: PS3569.A7897 V47 2005 Status: Shelved in the New Books Area

The American Journal of Nursing 2011 Book of the Year Award-Winners at the Library

The American Journal of Nursing (AJN) 2011 Book of the Year Awards are an important guide to the best works published in nursing. The Macdonald Kelce Library has nearly every single one of the 2011 winners, and this year more than ever are available in electronic editions.

Listed below are the categories and the winners. Bolded titles are titles we have in the library. If they are available in an electronic version I’ve added a link. Note that you must be logged into Esearch to read the electronic versions of these books. If there is a nursing book you need that is not in our catalog we may be able to obtain a copy through interlibrary loan. (Thanks to our Nursing/Criminology/Education librarian Elizabeth Barron for acquiring these titles!)

(You can read issues of AJN, American Journal of Nursing by logging into Esearch, selecting the Ovid database from the list of databases, and then clicking on the ‘Journals’ tab. From there you can either enter the journal name in the search box, or scroll down the alphabetical list to find AJN, American Journal of Nursing.)

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Reference Question of the Week: Where can I find the FASB accounting standards codification and information on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)?

Until recently the record in the library catalog directed students to a librarian to get the password to the FASB accounting standards codification. That note has been changed to direct students to the (academic) Accounting Department. If you need access to the FASB accounting standards codification for your class contact Professor Bostick.

Another resource that may be of some use is the Wiley GAAP in LexisNexis. Go to LexisNexis from our list of databases (make sure you’re logged into Esearch). On the left-hand side choose Sources, then Find Sources. In the keyword search box search for GAAP.

Check the box for Wiley GAAP and now on the right-hand side press the red button that says Continue. Now you can search within Wiley GAAP.

You might also be interested in standards available at the AICPA (including the Code of Conduct): http://www.aicpa.org/RESEARCH/STANDARDS/Pages/default.aspx