February 22, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth DVD

Posted in General Studies, Science & Technology, Videos/DVDs at 5:55 am by Ellie

Call number: QC 981.8 .G56 I53 2006

Director truth.jpgDavis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Mr. Gore’s personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change. A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way. “Al Gore strips his presentations of politics, laying out the facts for the audience to draw their own conclusions in a charming, funny and engaging style, and by the end has everyone on the edge of their seats, gripped by his haunting message,” said Guggenheim. Read the rest of this entry »


Group Influence VHS

Posted in General Studies, Videos/DVDs at 5:50 am by Ellie

Call number: HM1176 .G76 2001

Thmilgram.jpgis video examines the ways in which groups influence individual behavior. Examining the Asch studies,  it discusses individuality, group think, deindividuation, the bystander effect, diffusion of responsibility, altruism, prosocial behavior, and reciprocity. (From the publisher Insight Media)

February 1, 2007

Crank: Made in America DVD

Posted in General Studies, Videos/DVDs at 6:55 am by Ellie

Tracking number: 690GE

The number one drug problem in rural America, methamphetamine, or “crank,” is cheap, easy to drugs.JPGmake, and has the lowest recovery rate for addicts. By looking at a number of people in Iowa—even whole families—who are struggling with methamphetamine, this program lays bare the drug’s tragic effects. Chilling computer graphics illustrate how the drug works on the brain. Dr. David Musto of Yale University discusses the history of “crank,” and Asa Hutchinson, director of the Drug Enforcement Agency, explains its wildfire spread in rural areas. Contains offensive language. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (56 minutes)(From the publisher: Films Media Group)

Treasures of Athens and Olympia: Greek Art through the Ages DVD

Posted in General Studies, Videos/DVDs at 6:55 am by Ellie

 Traking number: 683GE
With sumptuous footage, an authentic musical soundtrack, and commentary from le


ading experts in classical art and culture, this beautifully crafted three-part series provides a detailed guide to the treasures of Greece’s foremost city and its surroundings. Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and architectural spectacles create a visual framework in which

Greek culture, and its impact in the wider world, can be comprehended and appreciated. 3-part series, 24-25 minutes each. (From the publisher: Films Media Group )

Cyber Rome DVD

Posted in General Studies, Videos/DVDs at 6:55 am by Ellie

Tracking number: 686 GE

Relive the splendor of ancient Rome through the magic of virtual reality. Who among us hacyber.jpgs never dreamed of going back in time and reliving the splendor of the Classical era—ancient Rome, perhaps. Now, through the magic of virtual reality and three-dimensional computer graphics, viewers can take an unforgettable tour of the monuments of Rome circa AD 200. Buildings visited include the Colosseum, the Basilica Di Massenzio, the Tabularium, the Basilica Giulia, the Curia, the Tempio Di Vesta, the Casa Delle Vestali, the Tempio Di Marte Ultore, Traiano’s Column, the Basilica Ulpia, the Tempio Di Venere E Roma, and the Palatino, where legend says Romolo built the first wall about the city. The history, secrets, art, and curiosities of these architectural marvels are provided at each stop on the tour. (39 minutes) (From the publisher Films Media Group)

Beyond the Classical: Byzantine and Later Greek Art DVD

Posted in General Studies, Videos/DVDs at 6:55 am by Ellie

Tracking number: 684GE

Far from disappearing after the Hellenistic age, Greek art flourished with the rise of Christianity andbeyond.jpg the Orthodox church. This program explores the development of icon painting, the influence of Greek artists on later European movements, and the advent of neoclassical architecture as a manifestation of age-old cultural legacy. With historical context from the conversion of Constantine through Greece’s post-WWII development period, Beyond the Classical provides a double portrait of a national art movement that has drawn on its own roots to reinvent itself, and set of aesthetic principles that have shaped societies around the world. (25 minutes) (From the publisher: Films Media Group)

January 1, 2007

Whose Child Is This? DVD

Posted in General Studies, Health Sciences & Nursing at 8:10 pm by Ellie

Tracking number: 679GE

Genefertility.jpgtic and fertility technologies have far outdistanced society’s ability to deal with the consequences. Now that fertilization can occur outside the human body from “component” parts—egg and sperm—how does society deal with the ramifications of children having different, and perhaps unknown, biological and social parents? This program examines the emerging questions of parental ownership and responsibility with Dr. Howard Jones, a pioneer of in vitro fertilization in the U.S.; Elizabeth Bartholet of Harvard Univ. Law School; and George Annas, professor of health law at Boston University. (29 minutes) (From the publisher Films for the Humanities & Sciences)

Lifting the Lid: How Computers Work DVD

Posted in Computers, General Studies, Videos/DVDs at 7:37 pm by Ellie

Call number: QA 76.5 .L54 2002

Most cocomputer.jpgmputer users are familiar with terms such as chips, hard drives, and RAM, but what exactly is a chip and what does it do? What does a hard drive look like and how does it work? With helpful graphics and a lively presentation, this informative, entertaining program goes inside today’s typical computer to look at the functions of its main components. Close-up visuals show the inner workings of the hard disc drive, while clever demonstrations make concepts such as memory, binary coding, and RAM easy to understand. Convenient summaries follow each section of new material. One 32-minute video. (From the publisher: Films for the Humanities & Sciences)

E-Mail Etiquette DVD

Posted in Computers, General Studies, Videos/DVDs at 7:33 pm by Ellie

Tracking number: 59C

There is little doubt that e-mail is an extremely useful innovation that has changed, and continueemail.jpgs to change, the way we communicate. However, the fact that e-mail is different from both voice- and paper-based communication can be a source of frustration for many people. This program gives viewers an understanding of the conventions that have been developed by e-mail users over the years to facilitate effective communication. In addition, the video exposes many of the myths that exist regarding such issues as e-mail privacy, and warns of possible dangers when using e-mail. Read the rest of this entry »

November 2, 2006

Deadly Diseases and Epidemics Set, 44-Volumes

Posted in General Studies, Health Sciences & Nursing at 9:00 am by Ellie

This continuing series explores different diseases to show the science behind how disedeadly-diseases-and-epidemics.jpgase-causing organisms affect the human body. Microorganisms have plagued humans since the beginning of time, causing debilitating diseases and even death. But how, exactly, do these microorganisms infect and cause disease? The books in this series examine various microbiological scourges that have affected humans as well as the steps that have been taken to identify, isolate, prevent, and eradicte them. Each title outlines the history of the disease, highlighting how improvements in prevention and treatment have affected the disease’s impact on the world population. (From the publisher Chelsea House)

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November 1, 2006

Current Controversies Series

Posted in General Studies at 9:00 am by Ellie

Thicurrent_contro.jpgs anthology series covers today’s most current national and international issues and contains the most important opinions of the past and present. The purpose of the series is to introduce the reader to all sides of contemporary controversies in an objective and comprehensive way. Each anthology is composed of a wide spectrum of primary sources written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields; the authors represent leading conservative, liberal, and centrist views. This unique approach provides students with a concise view of divergent opinions on each topic. Extensive book and periodical bibliographies and a list of organizations to contact are also included. The Current Controversies series will prove invaluable to libraries and classrooms in need of young adult materials on today’s leading issues and controversies. (From the publisher Thomson Gale)

2006 titles include:

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At Issue Series

Posted in General Studies at 9:00 am by Ellie

Books in this anthology series focus a wide range of viewpoints onto a single conatissues.jpgtroversial issue, providing in-depth discussions by leading advocates. Articles are printed in their entirety and footnotes and source notes are retained. These books offer the reader not only a full spectrum of dissent on the subject, but also the ability to test the validity of arguments by following up on sources used as evidence. Extensive bibliographies and annotated lists of relevant organizations to contact offer a gateway to further research. This series provides a quick grounding in the issues, a challenge to critical thinking skills, and an excellent research tool in each inexpensive volume. (From the publisher Thomson Gale)
2006 titles include:

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Body Story 3 DVD set

Posted in General Studies, Health Sciences & Nursing, Videos/DVDs at 9:00 am by Ellie

Tracking number: 641H-643H

Crbody.jpgawl beneath your own skin for a scientific look at the inner-workings of the human body. The latest research in biology, anatomy and physiology is combined with eye-popping imagery to explore everything from puberty to food poisoning – from the inside out.

Body Snatchers
Go inside the bodies of two women whose natural systems each must deal with foreign organisms trying to control its host: a flu virus and a growing fetus. The body’s reaction to and changes from each “invader” are truly remarkable. Read the rest of this entry »

Evolution 4 DVD Set

Posted in General Studies, Videos/DVDs at 9:00 am by Ellie

Tracking number: 644GE-647GE

The PBevolution.jpgS series on “Evolution” is as much about the profound impact the evolutionary process has had on our understanding of the world around us as it is on the various versions of the theory that have been expounded in scientific textbooks for the past century. The series basically focuses on five key concepts regarding evolution, sandwiched between episodes that constitute a dramatic introduction and a controversial coda:

  • The Mind’s Big Bang” and “What About God?
  • Evolutionary Arms Race/Why Sex?
  • Great Transformations/Extinction!
  • Darwin’s Dangerous Idea

(From http://www.amazon.com)

State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III / Bob Woodward

Posted in General Studies, Law & Government at 9:00 am by Ellie

Call number: E902 .W65 2006

“Istate.jpgnsurgents and terrorists retain the resources and capabilities to sustain and even increase current level of violence through the next year.” This was the secret Pentagon assessment sent to the White House in May 2006. The forecast of a more violent 2007 in Iraq contradicted the repeated optimistic statements of President Bush, including one, two days earlier, when he said we were at a “turning point” that history would mark as the time “the forces of terror began their long retreat.” Read the rest of this entry »

Contemporary Issues Companion

Posted in General Studies at 9:00 am by Ellie

Greghcontissuescomp.jpgenhaven’s Contemporary Issues Companion series provides readers with a wealth of information on topics of current interest. Each anthology examines an important social issue in a variety of ways, from personal accounts and case studies to pertinent factual and statistical articles to commentaries and overviews. A perfect resource for both students and the general reader, this compelling and engaging series is sure to be a valued source of current, readable information.

2006 titles include: Read the rest of this entry »

National Geographic: King Tut’s Final Secrets DVD

Posted in General Studies, Videos/DVDs at 9:00 am by Ellie

Call number: DT 87.5 .K557 2005

For yearkingtut.jpgs, the boy-king Tutankhamun has been an object of fascination worldwide, not only for his mysterious demise… but the even stranger deaths of those who discovered his tomb… and the legend that followed, the legend of the pharaoh’s curse. Could there actually be some element of truth to that legendary curse? An international team of scientists is investigating the mystery using state of the art technology to find out what really happened. It’s a high-tech exploration of the most celebrated mummies ever–and their tombs–to reveal the truths about this famed curse and a series of puzzling deaths that cross the centuries. (From http://www.amazon.com)

Unbowed: A Memoir / Wangari Maathai

Posted in General Studies at 9:00 am by Ellie

Call number: B MAA

Munbowed.jpgaathai, a 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, presents a matter-of-fact account of her rather exceptional life in Kenya. Born in 1940, Matthai attended primary school at a time when Kenyan girls were not educated; went on to earn a Ph.D. and became head of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Nairobi before founding Kenya’s Green Belt Movement in 1977, which mobilized thousands of women to plant trees in an effort to restore the country’s indigenous forests. Read the rest of this entry »

Building the Great Pyramid DVD

Posted in General Studies, Videos/DVDs at 9:00 am by Ellie

Call number: DT 63 .B85 2003

Ho1760_8_pyramiddvdw.jpgw and why the Great Pyramid was built has been puzzling man for 4,500 years and many believe that even with our 21st century technology, we could not build anything like it today. Based on the most up-to-date research and the latest archeological discoveries, and combining extensive location scouting with dramatic reconstruction and state of the art CGI, Building the Great Pyramid raises the representation of the ancient past onto a completely new level. Read the rest of this entry »

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