• Natural Sciences,  Periodicals,  Social Sciences

    Periodical Picks: Earth Day 2009

    Patti Lynn – Library Assistant, Periodicals In honor of the upcoming Earth Day Celebration Ohrstrom Library would like to highlight two environmental magazines in the periodicals collection.  First up is The Ecologist, a magazine that proclaims itself to be “The world’s leading environmental magazine”.   The Ecologist is published in London, but it features articles that are universally relevant.  In the April issue, “Sick as a pig” focuses on the rise in antibiotic resistance that is being transferred from farm animals to humans.  Another article, “Possum or polar bear” cautions that polar bears are not the only species facing threats from global warming.  In fact, there are many tropical species suffering…

  • Periodicals,  Social Sciences

    Periodical Picks: Election 2008

    Patti Lynn – Library Assistant, Periodicals Even with less than a week left until Election Day it’s still not too late to learn about the presidential candidates. Are you 18 and old enough to vote? Are you still undecided? Do you want to learn more about the presidential campaign? The print magazine collection at Ohrstrom Library contains a wealth of information and articles on the presidential campaign.  Ohrstrom Library maintains subscriptions to numerous weekly news magazines which closely follow the campaign.  You can spend time browsing Time, Newsweek or US News & World Reports.  Maclean’s Magazine will provide a Canadian view of the US elections, while The Spectator, published in…

  • Library Tech,  Periodicals

    Periodical Pick: Newspaper Feeds

    Lisa Laughy – Archives Assistant The sidebar of Ohrstrom Blog now features feeds from all of the daily newspapers that we subscribe to with the exception of The Wall Street Journal.  If you are interested in a quick headline fix take a moment to check out today’s feeds, or add these feeds to your own feed reader using the links at the end of the post. The Wall Street Journal doesn’t offer your average RSS feed, but instead has this overly clever flashy widget / gadget.  I can’t seem to format it to fit the width of the blog sidebar, so I have put it on this post page where…

  • Periodicals,  Technology

    Periodical Picks: The Science of CAPTCHAs

    Lisa Laughy – Archives Assistant The September 12th issue of Science, recently out on the shelf in Ohrstrom Library’s periodical room, features a cover article about the combination of new tech and old books.  Five researchers have tested the effectiveness of the CAPTCHA web security measure to pick up the slack in OCR book digitization. If you regularly browse the web, you have encountered a CAPTCHA – asking you to decipher a difficult to read section of text and type the letters into a box.  Now researchers are finding a way to re-purpose your small efforts into something rather useful.   Science describes the project: “Millions of books written before…

  • Periodicals

    Periodical Picks: From A(dvocate) to Z (Magazine)

    Patti Lynn – Library Assistant, Periodicals Did you know that Ohrstrom Library subscribes to nearly 200 periodicals?   With titles ranging from A (Advocate) to Z (Z Magazine), our periodicals cover almost every imaginable subject.  While there are many academic titles to choose from (Science and Journal of American History come to mind) we also subscribe to a number of titles selected largely for recreational reading (Car and Driver and Sail are two examples). Two recently received magazines illustrate the range of our holdings.  First, the 798 page September issue of Vogue is now on the shelves (weighing in at an impressive 3 pounds 11.4 ounces).  Second, the current issue of the…