Tuesday, September 27, 2011

To Kill a Mockingbird

Everyone should consult the book Understanding To Kill a Mockingbird in Context

We also JUST bought - literally for you guys - we rushed it through to have it here today - The Thirties in America.It's a three volume reference book and it is only available in eBook format as of now. 


To access this and other eBooks, Please visit Destiny, the online catalog. 

You MUST log in to access our digital resources. Instructions follow. 

The password for ABC-CLIO ebooks is the same as the ABC-CLIO databases. (see page 41 of your planner - orange)




Databases:


For each of the topics below, we identified a few choice books and recommended databases.

For almost all topics, we recommend Roper iPoll. Here is a tutorial on how to navigate that database.



Lynching
  1. Search online card catalog for lynching. Suggested books:
    1. Lynching and Murder in the Deep South
    2. The Hangman's Knot 
     
  2. Databases
  • ABC-CLIO
  • Roper iPoll
  • History in Context
  • Annals of American History
  • SIRS Decades
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Historical Newspapers
Alcoholic parents and their affect on their children:
  1. Search online card catalog for alcohol* AND parent*. Suggested books:
    1. Binge
    2. My Mamma's Waltz 
     
    1. Databases:
    • Health & Wellness Resource Center
    • Roper iPoll 
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    • National Newspapers
    Circumstantial evidence: what is it and can it be used to convict someone?
    1. Search online card catalog for criminal* AND law*. Suggested books:
      1. The Pig Farmer's Daughter And Other Tales Of American Justice: Episodes Of Racism And Sexism In The Courts From 1865 To The Present
      2. No Equal Justice: Race And Class In The American Criminal Justice System
      3. Defending The Accused: Stories From The Courtroom 
       
      1. Databases:
      • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
      • Roper iPoll 
      • ABC-CLIO American Government
      • National Newspapers
      • Gale Virtual Reference Library
      Ku Klux Klan in the 1930's. Do they still exist?
      1. Search online card catalog for (Ku Klux Klan) Suggested books:
        1. The Racist Mind : Portraits Of Neo-Nazis And Klansmen
        2. The Invisible Empire: The Ku Klux Klan Impact On History
        3. The Klan Unmasked
        4. Hooded Americanism : The History Of The Ku Klux Klan
        5. The Hangman's Knot
      2. Databases:
      • ABC-CLIO
      • Annals of American History
      • SIRS Decades
      • History in Context
      • Roper iPoll
      • Gale Virtual Reference Library
      • National Newspapers & Historical Newspapers
      Death penalty: 1930's
      1. Search online card catalog for (death penalty). Suggested books:
        1. Death penalty on trial a handbook with cases, laws, and documents (eBook)
        2. Lynching
        3. The hangman's knot: lynching, legal execution, and America's struggle with the death penalty 
         
        1. Databases:
        • SIRS decades
        • ABC-CLIO American Government 
        • Annals of American History
        • SIRS Decades
        • Historical Newspapers
        • History in Context
        • Roper iPoll
        • Gale Virtual Reference Library
        Abuse victims: How does that change their lives
        1. Search online card catalog for (Child Abuse) OR (emotional abuse) OR (Domestic violence)
          1. The Nurture Assumption : Why Children Turn Out The Way They Do
          2. Domestic Tyranny : The Making Of Social Policy Against Family Violence From Colonial Times To The Present
          3. Child Abuse
          4. Child Abuse And Neglect : Examining The Psychological Components 
           
          1. Databases:
          • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
          • Roper iPoll
          • National Newspapers
          • Gale Virtual Reference Library
          • Health & Wellness Resource Center
          Interracial relationships in the 1930's. Were they ever outlawed in this country?
          1. Search online card catalog for interracial OR miscegen*
            1. NPR: Loving Decision: 40 Years of Legal Interracial Unions
            2. Interracial America : opposing viewpoints
            3. Interracial relationships
             
            1. Databases
            • Historical Newspapers
            • SIRS Decades
            • ABC-CLIO American Government
            • Annals of American History
            • Roper iPoll
            • Gale Virtual Reference Library
            Jim Crow and the justice system. Maybe Scottsboro boys.
            1. Search online card catalog for (Jim Crow) OR (separate but equal)
              1. Jim Crow history
              2. Plessy v. Ferguson : separate but equal
              3. Jim Crow's children : the broken promise of the Brown decision
            2. Databases:
            • ABC-CLIO
            • History in Context
            • Annals of American History
            • Gale Virtual Reference Library
            • Historical Newspapers
            • Roper iPoll
            Harper Lee: Her relationship with her father
            1. Search online card catalog for (Harper Lee) AND literature
              1. Years of Protest
              2. Readings on To Kill a Mockingbird
              3. Understanding To Kill a Mockingbird 
               
              1. Databases:
              • Gale Literature Resource Center
              • National Newspapers
              • Historical Newspapers
              • Biography in Context
              • Gale Virtual Reference Library
              Adolf Hitler's reasons for targeting the Jewish people
              1. Search online card catalog for (Hitler OR Nazi*) AND Jews
                1. Explaining Hitler
                2. Understanding To Kill a Mockingbird 
                 
                1. Databases:
                • Gale Virtual Reference Library
                • li>Biography in Context
                • National Newspapers
                • ABC-CLIO
                • History in Context

                Wednesday, September 21, 2011

                Disasters!

                This is a super exciting project for your librarians :-)

                Seriously, we added a whole collection of disaster-related resources a few years back and then the project we bought them for was dropped :-(

                But now... we have Mr. Staffaroni :-)

                And we can examine disasters again :-))

                So how do we access all these resources?

                Destiny, the online catalog is a great starting place

                There are lots and lots of new features in Destiny this year - Namely, we grouped our eBooks under a different tab - very helpful in filtering out what you cannot access, depending on whether you are physically here in school or not.

                Also, there is what folks call a federated search tab (OneSearch), which sifts through our databases in one fell swoop and returns results based on your inquiry.  It's still a little buggy, but we are working on it.

                So that's the good news. Here is the important piece. YOU MUST LOG IN to access these resources! Use the same user name and password you use to access the schooo network on any computer in the building.




                If your screen looks like You did not log in :-(







                If your screen looks like this, you did log in :-)








                 Databases:
                I don't want to give too much away, but there is a follow-up piece to this project. You will need to look at local news. Luckily for you, there is a database of just that at New Canaan Library, and we have access to it! Newsbank New Canaan Newspapers

                Thursday, September 8, 2011

                Colonies Project

                Useful Reference books:

                The American Years
                The Timetables of American History
                Datapedia of the United States
                Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970
                Historical Statistics of the United States:Two Centuries of the Census
                American Eras: The Colonial Era (Also available online in Oliver, the online catalog)
                The Colonial Era (A Eyewitness History)

                Call numbers for non-fiction books:

                974.2 United States - history - New Hampshire
                974.5 United States - history - Rhode Island
                974.7 United States - history - New York
                974.71 United States - history - New York, NY
                974.8 United States - history - Pennsylvania
                974.9 United States - history - New Jersey
                975.5 United States - history - Virginia
                975.6 United States - history - North Carolina
                975.7 United States - history - South Carolina

                Databases:

                Encyclopaedia Britannica
                ABC-CLIO - American History
                Gale Virtual Reference library
                History Resource Center
                Access Newspaper Archive (at school only)!