Satisfy Your Curiosity Everyday @ the Library


By Annie Smith, Electronic Resources Librarian

A number of our databases offer daily doses of knowledge from dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference works. Here are a few daily features that you can use to learn more about history, chemistry, literature, physics, language, and more:

Classical Music Library Download of the Week : The Classical Music Library is a searchable database of classical music that you can listen to on your computer. They also offer a free download every week of a new piece of music. You can sign up for e-mail alerts every time a new piece becomes available.

Daily Encyclopedia Britannica : Sign up for daily doses of the Encyclopedia Britannica, one of the world’s most trusted information sources. The e-mail and RSS versions include “Today in History,” biographies, and featured content from the encyclopedia.

Morning Star News Feeds : Use these feeds to get financial and business news and stock analyst notes from Morningstar as soon as they become available. No sign up is required. Some features may be limited to subscribers only.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography : The Dictionary of National Biography is one of the world’s premier sources for biographies. Sign up for e-mail or use the RSS feed to get daily biographies of kings, queens, writers, statesmen, artists, military men, and more. Some features may be limited to subscribers only.

Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Day : Get a new word from the renowned OED everyday. The e-mails include the complete entries, with word histories, citations, and definitions. Also available by RSS feed.

Oxford Reference Online Fact of the Day : Oxford Reference Online is a searchable collection of reference books from Oxford University Press. The fact of the day is chosen at random from one of these books.

In addition to daily features like these ones, many of our periodical databases and journal packages have RSS feeds that you can create so that the database will run searches for you or show you the latest articles from your favorite journals. All you have to do is find the little orange RSS or XML icons and load the feed into your feed reader.

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