October 21, 2014

Research Paper: Search Strategies of Library Search Experts

From researchers in Estonia. Title Search Strategies of Library Search Experts Authors Kristiina Singer, University of Tartu Georg Singer, University of Tartu Krista Lepik, University of Tartu Ulrich Norbisrath, University of Tartu Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, University of Tartu Source via arXiv Abstract Search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing are an excellent support for finding documents, […]

Reference: U.S. Department of Education Releases New and Updated College Cost Data

From the U.S. Department of Education: The U.S. Department of Education continued to increase transparency around the cost of college by updating several lists on its College Affordability and Transparency Center today, highlighting institutions with the highest and lowest tuition and net price, and those schools where prices are rising the fastest. In addition, this […]

Reference: Folger Shakespeare Library Launches Book Bindings Database

From a Letter to Colleagues Shared on Book_Arts-L. Discovered via Twitter. The Folger Bindings Image Collection provides access to high resolution images and descriptions of bindings from the rare book and manuscript collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Bindings are chosen from the collection for photography and description not only because of decorative tooling but […]

New Reference Resource: State-Level Maps and Graphs on Voting From U.S. Census

From the U.S. Census Web Site: The Census Bureau today released a menu-driven, interactive Web page permitting users to access for any state a series of graphs showing percentages of adults who voted and registered in every congressional and presidential election between 1996 and 2010. In addition to graphs showing voting and registration trends over […]

Bing and Encyclopaedia Britannica Announce Partnership

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From the Bing Community Blog: Starting today, we’re excited to announce a partnership with Encyclopedia Britannica to include Britannica Online answers directly in the Bing results page. The answer provides a quick overview of the subject, a thumbnail image, and useful facts and figures making it easier than ever to get trusted content in search. […]

Database Milestones: DART-Europe Theses Portal Now Provides Access to 300,000 Dissertations

From a LIBER Blog Post: The DART-Europe E-theses Portal, hosted by UCL Library Services in association with LIBER, is a metadata aggregation that aims to provide one-stop access to Europe’s open access research-level theses.  DART-Europe now gives access to over 300,000 full-text research theses from 424 Universities in 23 European countries.  The 300,000th thesis to […]

1940 U.S. Census Records from New York State Now Searchable by Name

New York is the latest addition to states where 1940 U.S Census records are searchable by name via Ancestry.com. Records are free to search. Additional info/links in this blog post. Other states with records searchable by name (as of June 6, 2012): Delaware D.C. Maine Nevada But wait, that’s not all! More Records: New York […]

Social Search Research: “SearchBuddies: Bringing Search Engines into the Conversation”

The following paper appears in the proceedings of ICWSM 2012 (International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM)) that began today in Dublin, Ireland. Title SearchBuddies: Bringing Search Engines into the Conversation Authors Brent Hecht Northwestern U. Jaime Teevan Microsoft Research Meredith Ringel Morris Microsoft Research Dan Liebling Microsoft Research Source In Proceedings: ICWSM […]

Pennsylvania: Department of Public Welfare Launches New Transparency Portal

From a News Release To help Pennsylvania taxpayers better understand how the Department of Public Welfare spends their money, Secretary Gary D. Alexander today announced a new addition to the agency’s website. [Clip] New information on the website includes: •             Fees set by the department to pay doctors and suppliers; •             Provider reimbursement rates; •             […]

History of Medicine: New Look, New Collections for National Library of Medicine’s IndexCat Database

From a NLM Announcement: The History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) [recently launched] a new user interface for its premier database, IndexCat, along with the addition of two new collections involving medieval scientific English and Latin texts. Utilizing software developed by Ex Libris, the new IndexCat interface offers improved […]