Monday, March 25, 2013


I have really enjoyed this review of the databases. They constantly change and I don't always just take the time to go back into them and see the changes. I really liked the newspapers section of Ancestry database. I hadn't used that before and could see some good possibilities coming out of there. Some of the databases I thought were more user friendly than others, but all provided good info. Since I have started this class, I have been able to recommend some of the databases to some patrons to help find what they were looking for. It was a great class and thanks for doing this!!!

Ancestry & HeritageQuest

1.To find out information about Titanic's two sister ships, I went to Immigration & Travel and then ship pics & Descriptions. I typed in Titanic and it brought up the Titanic as well as her two sister ships the Britanic, which never saw commercial travel as it was commandeered by the British Government and then sank. It also had the Olympic which was eventually a WWI service ship.

2.Trying to find info on Dirigible, the Hindenburg, was a little tougher. I think it was errors with my browser and not the database. but initially no matter what I typed in, I would get no results, then I tried going into the newspaper & publications a different way and was able to find 322 articles. I read a few and found them fascinating. This would work great for searches for historic events to see what the papers of the day wrote about it. Pretty cool!

3.Searching in HeritageQuest for history of Freeman, SD, I didn't find much info. I tried under books, and mostly what I found, was a person who was either from Freeman, or made reference to Freeman. I really didn't find much historical information. I then tried Persi and had pretty much the same results. I think if we would try a bigger town, that would be in more books we would have better luck.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

ArchiveGrid and CAMIO

ArchiveGrid- Material for Theodore Schultz can be found at Iowas State University. Even though you do not get full articles, I did find it interesting that he was involved and resigned in protest to the great "oleomargarine Controvery". He also won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1979. Even though he was from South Dakota. There were none of his papers available in South Dakota.

CAMIO - Hunting for Victorian Era fashion was a little time consuming. I first tried Victorian Era Fashion and got no results. Then I tried just Fashion and I just got results from 1800, which is a little before the era I wanted. I tried dress and was able to narrow that down to 1843 which gave me 10 results including a really cool wedding dress! I also tried 1870 and got 14 results. This would give the student some resources to use. I also tried using the keyword clothing and found nothing in the correct time period. I think if you enjoyed art and photography you could spend hours browsing through all the images.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


1.To look for works about Martin Luther I Chose Martin Luther as a subject, then using the NOT I added Martin Luther King. This really reduced the numbers. I also limited it books and in Subtype Limits I chose Juvenile Non-Fiction. Here are 2 books that I chose. Martin Luther by May McNeer which is available at the Alexander Mitchell Library. and Martin Luther: a Man who Changed the Wolrd by Paul L. Maier which is available at the Brookings Public Library.

2. To see what Classic Graphic Novels are in libraries I typed in Graphic Novels and classics. I limited it to Fiction. I came up with Journey to the Center of the Earth Published by Barron's in Hauppauge, NY.

3. Looking for a musical score for My Fair Lady, I typed My Fair Lady as a title Phrase and in the Limit type to, I checked musical scores. the accession number was 26429906.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ebooks on Ebsco Host

1. I tried out the visual search and I tried several different topics. I struck out on Siamese Twins and didn't get much back on Mount Everest. I then tried South Dakota, I really liked how it drilled down to what you were looking for and you could see the results. I did open a couple of different books I thought that the reading pane was not the most effienct. I had to scroll down each page and then turn the page, seemed like a lot. The information was good and I think that kids could get some very useful information for reports and projects.

2. For the colored Fairy tale books, I stayed in visual search and typed fairy tales, then clicked on fairy tales again and 4 books came up they were all written by Andrew Lang and they were the Violet Fairy tales, Blue Fairy tales, Yellow Fairy tales, and Red Fairy tales. I had tried to do just a basic search using the same term fairy tales, and I could not find anything helpful. Now if I had grandma with me we could have drilled down a little further by getting a date range that they were published,but she wasn't here.

Gale Virtual Reference

1.Spring Festivals:
A. United States: Mardi Gras
Food and Recipe:Mardi Gras King Cake
1 package dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
6 teaspoons milk, boiled then cooled
4 to 5 cups flour
1 cup (½ pound or 2 sticks) butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
4 eggs
2 teaspoons butter, melted
Small ceramic figurine (available at religious stores) or bean (optional)
Light corn syrup, for glazing
Colored sugar crystals (green, yellow, purple), for topping

1.Dissolve yeast in warm water.
2.Add milk and about ½ cup of flour.
3.In a large bowl, blend butter, sugar, salt, and eggs.
4.Add yeast mixture and mix thoroughly.
5.Gradually add 2½ cups of flour to make a stiff dough.
6.Turn onto a clean, floured countertop and knead for about 8 minutes.
7.Clean mixing bowl and coat it with butter. Place dough in greased bowl and brush with 2 teaspoons melted butter.
8.Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise until double in size, about 2 hours.
9.Punch dough in the center with a clean fist.
10.Dust a clean counter with flour. Turn dough out onto counter and knead for 2 minutes. Roll into a 4-foot long rope.
11.Form the rope into an oval and transfer it to a 14- × 17-inch greased cookie sheet. Pinch ends of dough together. (Add a few drops of water to seal the seam, if necessary.)
12.Press the figurine (or bean) into the dough from underneath, so that it is hidden.
13.Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
14.Preheat oven to 325°F.
15.Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned.
16.Brush top of cake with corn syrup and sprinkle with colored sugar.

Games or pastimes
Parades are the most common event in Mardi Gras and the building of the floats is considered a local pastime.
I found this by first typing in Mardi Gras and then narrowing it down by catagory.

B. China: Ching Ming Festival
celebrated April 5 or 6
Food and Recipe: Hta-Ma-Ne

4 cups cooked glutinous rice, kept warm (available at Asian food stores)
1/3 cup peanut butter
11/2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons fresh garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut

1.Heat oil in a medium saucepan and stir together cooked rice, peanut butter, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, and coconut.
2.Cover and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes to heat through, stirring occasionally.

Games or pastimes

During this holiday families make elaborate paper offerings to their ancestors that are burned at ceremonies. They also do Kite flying.

Recently added 2012 titles

After going to advanced search and typing in dates between 2012 and 2012 I chose these two:

Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell Bottoms: Pop Culture of the 20th and 21st Century America. This was a fun look at cultural history. I read about the creation of SPAM to popular tv shows and fashions. I really enjoyed looking around and reading the articles.

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Foods & recipies of the world. This just took a look at different culture food traditions and included recipes. I could really get lost in this just trying different recipes!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


1. While searching for Les Miserables I went under subject and just chose literary criticism and it gave me a bunch of reviews of the book. I found that a neat way to sort through all the possible hits you would have gotten otherwise. It is nice to be able to drill down to exactly what you want to save you time of sorting through all that yourself.

2. I really had trouble finding relevant material for this. I don't know if I was doing it wrong or what. But I tried several searches, such as, Hurricane Sandy AND Libraries, Hurricane Sandy then tried to drill down with subjects and such, and I would get results back, but not the impact on libraries per say. Maybe my searches were inaccurate and I need to keep trying, but I spent at least 30 minutes trying to find something that would work.