Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

The Baron-Forness Library has acquired the Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, Academic Edition. Its a great place to begin to search for a topic you are not familiar with. Once you get to your topic, Britannica has a box to the right of the article titled Expand your research. You can use this box to find Journal articles for your subject. Another button in the box will take you to books on your subject. What a great way to start a research project. You'll have an understanding of the topic and some articles and books to start your research. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online can be found on the Library's Home Page under All E-Resources A-Z.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

New and improved EZBorrow is here!

The new and improved interface to EZBorrow, the service that enables library users to borrow materials directly from 60+ libraries in the region, is now online. The new interface provides users with a simple, single search box along with more powerful and flexible advanced search options. Additionally, whereas the previous system required users to search subsets of library catalogs, the new system searches ALL catalogs simultaneously. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

New EZBorrow

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

THE ALCHEMIST, by Paulo Coelho--Book Discussion--Tuesday, April 26th.

The Edinboro University Book Discussion Group has choosen Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist as its April discussion book. The group will meet on Tuesday, April 26th from 6:45 to 8:14 in room 715 in the Baron-Forness Library

Copies of the book are placed on reserve in the library. At each meeting the group selects the book for the following month's discussion. Students, staff and the public are all invited to attend. This event is free and open to the public.

Like the one-time bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sniff a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he's off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream. Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman's books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists--men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the "Soul of the World." Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy's misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night. "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself," the alchemist replies. "And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." --Gail Hudson (Amazon.com review)

Monday, March 22, 2010

New electronic resource: SPORTDiscus with full text

Baron-Forness library users now have access to the SPORTDiscus database on the familiar EBSCOhost platform. SPORTDiscus provides access to the full text of almost 500 sports, sports medicine, and recreation journals. Many of the titles included are not found in any of the library's other 100+ electronic resources.

Access SPORTDiscus by clicking on Find Articles or All E-Resources A-Z on the library home page. Or try the link below:


Monday, March 8, 2010

Universtity Book Club Meets Tuesday, Sept. 14th

First 2010 Fall Semester Meeting of the University Book Discussion Group

The University Book Discussion Group will be discussing The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski during its September meeting, 6:45 p.m., Tuesday, September 14, 2010. Please contact Dr. Catherine Whitley for details about the meeting and location.

Dr. Whitley can be reached at:
(814) 732-1578