Archive for June, 2013

Independence Day Holiday: July 4th

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

The Library will be closed Thursday, July 4th.

The Fourth of July 2013

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

2.5 million

In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970

316.2 million

The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth  Source: U.S. and World Population Clock .


Numbers of signers to the Declaration of Independence.

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston comprised the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration. Jefferson, regarded as the strongest and most eloquent writer, wrote most of the document.

345 million

Acreage planted of potatoes in Idaho in 2012, the most in the nation. Washington followed with 165 million acres. The total 2012 potato crop is forecast to exceed 467 million hundredweight (cwt), the highest level since 2000 when 523 million cwt was produced. Potato salad is a popular food item at Fourth of July barbecues.
Source: USDA, National Agriculture Statistics Service, Economic Research Service


CLICK HERE and learn more at the United States Census Bureau – Measuring America—People, Places, and Our Economy

Researchers Take Note! June 30th (Sunday)

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Due to planned maintenance and testing on Sunday, June 30th (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.), remote access to all the Library’s electronic resources will become unstable and unreliable for off campus users.  Please plan accordingly, and sorry for the inconvenience!

Birds of North America Online Maintenance

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

From the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology:

On Wednesday, June 19, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology IT staff will be upgrading the databases that support Birds of North America Online.  As a consequence, BNA Online will nt be available from 6:00 am – 2:00 pm EDT (4:00 am – 12:00 pm MDT)

BNA Online provides comprehensive life histories for each of the 716+ species of birds breeding in the USA (including Hawaii) and Canada. Read more about BNA’s beginnings and where they are headed in this note from our Editor, Alan Poole.

To access this database, go to the Biological Sciences Core Databases page and click on the link.  Or, you can go into the online catalog and enter a title search for Birds of North America Online.  Then click on the link in the record to access this amazing resource.

Just remember that it will not be available tomorrow morning.

“One Health: Information in an Interdependent World”

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Ruiling Guo, associate professor and health sciences librarian at Idaho Health Sciences Library, attended an international conference “One Health: Information in an Interdependent World” in Boston from May 4 to 8. This conference incorporated the 2013 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, the 11th International Congress on Medical Librarianship, the 7th International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists, and the 6th International Clinical Librarian Conference.

At this conference, Ruiling Guo was invited to present her study entitled “International Collaborative Research Among Health Sciences Librarians and Public Health Professionals in the United States and China.”

“The Pre-Raphaelites and Music: Debussy’s La damoiselle élue.”

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Kristi Austin, Assistant Professor, Reference/Instruction Librarian, and Bibliographer for Performing and Fine Arts, presented her paper, “The Pre-Raphaelites and Music: Debussy’s La damoiselle élue” at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Mountain-Plains Chapter of the Music Library Association.

MPMLA was held May 17-18, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona and hosted by the Arizona State University Libraries Administration and the School of Music.



TRIAL DATABASE Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

The Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) database abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Documents indexed include journal articles, book reviews, books, book chapters, dissertations and working papers.

Trial through June 28, 2013

Click here to explore this resource!

Subject coverage

  • Anthropological linguistics
  • Applied linguistics
  • Descriptive linguistics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Language – pathological and normal
  • Learning disabilities
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Psycholinguistics