• General Works,  History,  Humanities,  Research,  Social Sciences

    New Reference Book: Encyclopedia of Play in Today’s Society

    New Reference Book: Encyclopedia of Play in Today’s Society edited by Rodney P. Carlisle, Sage, 2009. Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 790 C19P A 2-volume set containing 450 articles focused on play, including: “games, toys, sports and entertainments found around the world.” (xii). Examples include:  Academic Learning & Play, Hide & Seek, Highland Games, I Spy, Mother-Child Play, Play & Evolution Helpful for:  Global Studies, Humanities, History, Social Studies, Sports, Anthropology

  • History,  Humanities

    New Reference Book: Encyclopedia of Sports in America

    Encyclopedia of Sports in America: A History from Foot Races to Extreme Sports by Murry R. Nelson, Greenwood, 2009. Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 796 N33 This 2-volume set identifies and describes American sports, sporting events and key athletes from 1607 through the 2000’s. Examples include: Auto Racing in the 1910’s, College Basketball in the 1930’s, Horse Racing in the 1950’s, The Houston Astrodome and Wayne Gretzky Helpful for: Humanities, Humanities IV,  American History, Sports History

  • History,  Research

    New Reference Set: Statistical Encyclopedia of North American Professional Sports

    Lura Sanborn – Reference Librarian Statistical Encyclopedia of North American Professional Sports: All Major League Teams and Major Non-Team Events Year by Year, 1876 through 2006 2nd ed. Edited by K. Michael Gaschnitz. McFarland, 2008. Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 796 G21S Use this set to locate statistics related to Major League team sports of the U.S. and Canada including: baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer and football.   Browse or search by date or team. Use this set to determine the number of wins by the Boston Red Caps in 1876 (39); to find  that in 1959 Jean Beliveau lead the National Hockey League with 45 goals; and discover that in…

  • Library News,  Natural Sciences,  Technology

    The Physics of . . .

    Lisa Laughy – Archives Assistant . . . just about everything! A new book display in the Baker Reading Room brings together over a dozen books from the Ohrstrom Library collection that share a common thread: They all have “The Physics of” as part of their titles.  Beyond that connection it is a very diverse selection, covering topics that range from sports, music and sailing, to NASCAR, Star Trek, Superheros, and even James Bond movies. Did you know that: A baseball compresses from a round shape to an elliptical one when the bat-ball impact approaches 140 MPH? When a hockey puck is tilted at a positive angle relative to the…

  • General Works,  Research

    New Reference Book: The NYT Guide to Essential Knowledge

    Deb Baker – Interim Reference Librarian The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge: A Desk Reference for the Curious Mind, St. Martin’s Press, 2007. Find it in Ohrstrom at: Ref. 031 N42 With over 1300 pages of information on dozens of subjects, the newspaper whose motto is “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” attempts to offer all the facts your curiosity desires. Dip into overviews of everything from the “History of Computing” to “African Literature” or a “Dictionary of Food” – and don’t miss puzzle editor Will Shortz’s tips on solving the NYT crosswords and sudoku. HELPFUL FOR: Life, the Universe, and Everything FUN FOR: puzzlers, foodies, trivia…