Monday, March 26, 2012

A Printer That Erases

Researchers at Cambridge University have developed a new way to recycle paper. reprinted this article from ("the go-to source for new ideas and inspiration") that diagrams and describes a printer that strips ink off the page to render it re-usable.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tweet Citing 101

A lot of valuable information comes to us nowadays in tweets, but how do you cite a tweet in your academic paper? Well, the MLA (Modern Languages Association) has just released the official way to cite tweets in MLA format. Learn more about it at!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops Print Publication

Encyclopaedia Britannica, the oldest English language encyclopedia, has been printed in hefty volumes for the last 244 years, but it just announced that it will end publication of its printed editions and continue solely with digital versions available online.

Come to the library to see the now near-extinct 2005 print version of Encyclopaedia Britannica in the reference area (call number
AE5 .E363 2005). It takes up a couple of shelves!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Pinterest: This week's Featured Online Resource

Pinterest seems poised to be the Web's next big thing. Think of it as a social billboard or as a visual social bookmarking site. It's sort of like but with your bookmarks being represented by big photos.
A user "pins" an object to one of her "boards" and her followers can click on it and be taken to its website. So a cover of a book takes a user to the publisher's page on that book or a book review, wherever the user got it from. Each board is on a particular topic and users can follow single boards rather than everything from a particular user.
The "About" page claims "people use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes."

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Twice as Many Dylans as Kaylas

In 2010, 10,000 Dylans were born in the United States, to just 5,000 Kaylas. I found this using WolframAlpha, simply typing "Dylan, Kayla."
WolframAlpha, the computational knowledge engine, is good for a lot of pieces of knowledge and information, many of them perfectly straightforward. However, gives us a great article, 10 Amazing Uses For Wolfram Alpha.
For example, the comparison function, whereby the user types in search terms (any search terms, and with WA it is possible to compare apples and oranges) separated by vs. gives you relevant comparisons between your items.
Mark Twain vs. J.D. Salinger , por ejemplo, shows us that one was born 176 years ago, and the other, just 93. Twain died in Redding, CT, and Salinger in Cornish, NH.

I also know that there are 538 English words ending in "rd" because I typed in "words ending in rd."

You can also figure your body mass index without having to ask your doctor.

On the advice of one of the comments beneath the article, I found out that if a woodchuck could chuck wood it would chuck, on average, 22.1 cubic inches, or "all the wood he could."

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Cellist of Sarajevo this year's One Maryland One Book pick

Steven Galloway's 2008 novel The Cellist of Sarajevo is this year's One Maryland One Book selection. The novel chronicles four people in war-torn Sarajevo and was chosen to fit this years OMOB theme Courage and Unity During Times of War.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Ort Library Goes Mobile!

You now can take the library with you wherever you go! The FSU Ort Library offers a new mobile website providing access to a core set of basic library services optimized for smartphones and other mobile devices. Features include the ability to search the library catalog, find library hours and important contact information, access subject research guides, and much more. You can even send your reference questions to us via Ask A Librarian from the mobile site.

The link to the new mobile website is (the site only appears correctly if accessed from a mobile device). If you navigate the Web from your mobile device, you will be automatically redirected to the mobile site. You can also access the mobile site by using your smartphone to scan the QR code above.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Featured Online Resource, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

This week’s Featured Online Resource is the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The DOAJ states on its website that its aim is to “increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact.” The journals included in the DOAJ must be peer-reviewed or have some other quality control. It also includes journals that report results of research and covers all subject areas. The DOAJ contains 7540 journals from 117 different countries around the world for a total of over 764,000 articles.

Every week, the Ort Library brings you a new and outstanding resource from the Web or from one of the library's databases. To get an archive of all FOR entries, click here. Also, you can suggest a website that provides well-organized access to useful info.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

The Ort Library would like everyone to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2 with our new display, Dr. Seuss: Children’s Books, Political Cartoons, and Advertising. The display showcases some of his most famous works as a children’s author. It also highlights Dr. Seuss’ work as a political cartoonist for PM newspaper from 1941 – 1943 and his work as a commercial artist for companies such as Ford, Macy’s, GE, and NBC.

The display is on the main floor of the library (3rd floor) and will run through the end of March.

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