Friday, October 28, 2005

Database Prices - 2005

Here are prices for many of Randall Library's Databases for 2005:

NC LIVE databases: Price is not given to us. These databases are provided through NC LIVE (North Carolina Libraries for Virtual Education). To learn more about NC LIVE, visit

Academic Search Elite (NC LIVE)
ACM Digital Library ($5,138.88)
Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts ($8,790.00, Includes Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts, Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management)
Anthropological Literature ($3,350.00)
ATLA Religion Database ($3,080.00)
Biological Abstracts $28,890.75
Blackwell-Synergy ($14,925.00)
Business Source Elite (NC LIVE)
Communication & Mass Media Complete (NC LIVE)
Criminal Justice Abstracts ($2,875.00)
EbscoHost animals (NCLIVE)
Emerald Management Full Text (all Emerald journals: 7 for $7,874)
Historical Abstracts ($6,945.00)
Hoover's Company Capsules and profiles (NC LIVE)
InfoTrac (NC LIVE)
JSTOR ($13,990.00, all collections we have: A&S I-III, Botany & Ecology, General Science) ($840.00)
LexisNexis Academic: ($1,164.79, Congressional $988.00 & $5,082.72 (why 2?), Government Periodical Index $1,650.00, Statistical ? is this one of the 2 Congressionals?)
MasterFile Premier (NC LIVE)
MLA International Bib ($15,760.00)
PsycARTICLES ($12,600.00)
PsycInfo (NC LIVE)
PubMed (Free, courtesy of NIH)
ScienceDirect ($13,998.93)
Sociological Abstracts ($4,990.00)
SportDiscus ($2,667.00)
Zoological Record ($8,442.00)

Class Updates/Reminders

I will not be able to get your “estimated” participation grades to you all until Tuesday or Wednesday. So look for those e-mails in the near future.

I will not have office hours on Monday, October 31st.

Information Quotes from Norma

“The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldus Huxley

“Information is the currency of democracy.” – Thomas Jefferson

“If you believe everything you read better not read.” – Japanese proverb

“We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” – John Nasbitt

“The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.” – Albert Einstein

“I believe that we decipher the incoherent flow of life through stories.” – Milos Forman

“By three methods we may approach wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest: second, by imitation, which is the easiest: and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.” – Confucius
”The telephone book is full of facts but it doesn’t contain a single idea.” – Mortimer J. Adler

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you its going to be a butterfly.” – Richard Buckminster Fuller

Thursday, October 20, 2005

No E-mail Access for Next Three Days

I will NOT be in the library on Friday, Saturday OR Sunday (10/21 - 10/23) and will NOT have e-mail access. If you have questions about your database presentations, feel free to e-mail me but you will not get a response until Monday.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Gray Literature and Blog PowerPoint

Here are a few ways that you can find gray literature:

There was a library workshop on Blogs today. Here is a link to the PowerPoint slides:

Friday, October 14, 2005

Quotes About Information

Here are some quotes about information from Mandy:

1. "Information is not knowledge"-Albert Einstein

2. "Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit."-William Pollard

3. "Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?"-T. S. Eliot

4. "There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance - that principle is contempt prior to investigation"-Herbert Spencer

5. "Information is the seed for an idea, and only grows when it's watered."-Heinz V. Bergen

6. "You can always trust the information given to you by people who are crazy; they have an access to truth not available through regular channels"-Sheila Ballantyne

7. "Good advertising does not just circulate information. It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief."-Leo Burnett

8. "It's impossible to move, to live, to operate at any level without leaving traces, bits, seemingly meaningless fragments of personal information."-William Gibson

9. "Information on the Internet is subject to the same rules and regulations as conversation at a bar."-Dr. George Lundberg

10. "Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense."-Gertrude Stein

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

PowerPoint Presentation from guest speakers

The PowerPoint Presentation slides that were giving by our guest speakers (from Technical Services) is available here.

Enjoy your Fall Break!