Web site of the Week: Greener Choices

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The company that puts out Consumer Reports (Consumers Union) has a website that helps people make environmentally friendly choices.  Greener Choices has a section on deciphering green labels to help you understand various claims being made about products.  In another section, Greener Choices compares cars, appliances, and other products to one another based on their environmental impacts.  This website also has a great list of related websites under the Tools-Resources tab where you can get more information about climate change, renewable resources, and sustainable agriculture.

Women and the National Book Award

american-salvage-covere-187x300On the blog bookish us, Jessi muses, “…focusing only on fiction… From 1989 to 2008, there have been 45 female nominees and 55 male nominees…. But in this same time, there have been 13 male winners and only seven female winners. Between 2005 and 2008, there were six female nominees, 14 male ones, and not a single female winner.” This, in an age of equality and enlightenment–any comment?

November’s Book Display

NBC microphone“Only the Shadow Knows”

Come join us as we explore the History of Radio and celebrate such “Firsts” as the FIRST play-by-play football game (Nov. 23, 1919), the FIRST scheduled radio broadcast (Nov. 2, 1920) when station KDKA broadcasted the results of the presidential election. Did you know that the famous TV show “Meet the Press” originally debuted on radio in 1945?

Ah, “Thanks for the Memories”

Web site of the Week: Fact Check


Should you believe the claims made that the H1N1 vaccine is dangerous or even deadly?  What about the recent ad that claimed that Medicare will be bankrupt within a decade?  Factcheck.org is the place to go to check the accuracy of either of these statements.

From Fact Check’s Mission Statement:
“We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”

Web site of the Week: ProCon.Org

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The library subscribes to a database called Opposing Viewpoints that is really helpful for finding information on controversial issues.  However, sometimes it can be hard to think of a topic or lay out your argument for a persuasive paper.  Procon.org can help you.  You can either select a topic from the homepage or type in a subject to search.  From there you can choose to look at the top ten arguments for the topic or delve deeper into the issue.  It even has a page that shows you how to cite your work.