Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Online Job Search Tips and Tools

Are you looking for a job online? It can be overwhelming if you don't know where to start, but if you use the right web sites, you'll be able to effectively job search online. Regardless of the type of job that you're seeking, you'll find resources available to help.

Online Job Search Resources

Monday, February 25, 2008

NASA Website Available

SWOSU has recently added many vintage NASA books to our catalog. Many of these are located in the NAS 1.21: area of Government Documents and can be checked out. You can also click on the blue title above to peruse the NASA History website. There are 13 pages of titles to chose from. Subjects range from Aeronautics to Space Science, but the Photo-Video collection is truly awesome. Remember the Apollo-Soyuz mission between the United States and the Soviet Union? There are also more maps of Mercury, Mars,and the Moon than you can count. Well almost, anyway.

No Country For Old Men

This year's Oscar Sweep went to Joel & Ethan Coen's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's brilliant novel: No Country For Old Men. Literary critic Harold Bloom had called McCarthy one of the four major American novelists of his time, along with Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, and Philip Roth. He is frequently compared by modern reviewers to William Faulkner and sometimes to Herman Melville.

For a complete listing of works by and about Cormac McCarthy search the Al Harris Library catalog.

Friday, February 22, 2008

"Come as you are.... and bring your dancing shoes!"

This goes out to all you shoe-lovers out there. is the destination on the web where women can gather to share their passion for shoes. This online community features blogs, boutiques and videos about fantastic footwear. A new shoe is featured daily with information on where to purchase the shoes and a rating system so users can vote on their favorites. has partnered with Soles4Souls™ in an aim to raise participation, donations, and engagement with the shoe charity. Click here to find more information about how you can donate your shoes today!

Must-See Movies

Oscar Season is here! Take a break from homework this weekend and check out some of this year's nominees, if you haven't already. Or, catch up on past winners/nominees by tuning into Turner Classic Movies Acadamy Award Marathon.

Nominees for Best Picture 2008 include:

Click here to view a complete list of all catagories and nominees.

The 80th Annual Acadamy Awards will be hosted on Sunday, February 24th at 7 PM on ABC. Don't forget the popcorn!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Insert a Picture into Your Research Paper!

This blog is over a year old, but is being posted again for new students. Did you ever wonder what the "Print Screen" button was for on your computer? Want to crop a graph from a page and insert it into your paper? It's easy to do. Here's how:
1. Select any picture or text. (If you can see it, you can save it.)
2. Hit the print screen button.
3. Hit the green start button on the lower left of your screen.
4. Hit "programs"
5. Select "accessories"
6. Hit "paint"
7. Hit "edit"
8. Hit "paste" (your image will appear on screen.)
9. Click on the white button (under edit) with little dots in a rectangle shape.
10. Move your cursor with the mouse like it's a target and move it until it's located on the upper left of the rectangle you want to "cut out" of the picture. Then press down on the left button on your mouse - while you move the cursor to the lower right corner of your cut out rectangle. Release button.
11. Hit edit.
12. Click on cut out when menu appears. (Your rectangle on screen will disappear.) Don't freak out!
13. Click on green start button again.
14. Go to paint again (steps 2-5 above.)
15. Go to Edit. Left click your mouse.
16. Click on paste. your cut out will appear by magic on grey background.
17. Move your cursor off of the rectangle and click on the grey background. White dashmarks around rectangle will disappear.
18. Now you have a choice, you can either immediately print. OR...
19. Save as a JPEG in your documents as a picture. Then later, you can send in the mail as an attachment or insert into a research paper. Easy!

Islam, Sunnis and Shiites

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has just released a new report on the Muslim religion.

The majority of the world's Muslim population follows the Sunni branch of Islam, and approximately 10-15% of all Muslims follow the Shiite (Shi'ite, Shi'a, Shia) branch. Shiite populations constitute a majority in Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, and Azerbaijan.
There are also significant Shiite populations in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen. Sunnis and Shiites share most basic religious tenets.

However, their differences sometimes have been the basis for religious intolerance, political infighting, and sectarian violence. This report includes a historical background of the Sunni-Shiite split and discusses the differences in religious beliefs and practices between and within each Islamic sect as well as their similarities.

The report also relates Sunni and Shiite religious beliefs to discussions of terrorism and Iraq that may be of interest during the second session of the 110th Congress. Click on the blue title above to see report.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending

Click on the blue title above to peruse new paper by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) which examines the amount of and trends in geographic variation in health care spending, and the root causes of that variation. It also examines the relationship between spending and quality of care, and it discusses what those findings imply about how health care is produced in the United States and how it could be made more efficient.

Friday, February 15, 2008

New NLM Drug Info Portal Announced

Click on the blue title above to peruse a new website which provides public, healthcare professionals, and researchers with a gateway to current and accurate drug information from the National Library of Medicine and to other key government agencies.

More than 15,000 drugs are available for searching. The search interface requires only a drug name; a spellchecker is provided. Information buttons and balloon pop-ups guide the user by providing helpful hints or a description of the resource and links to the source website.

Search results include links to related drug information in MedlinePlus®, AIDSinfo®, Medline/PubMed®, LactMed, HSDB®, Dietary Supplements Labels Database, TOXLINE®, DailyMed®,, PubChem, NIAID Anti-HIV/OI Database, ChemIDplus®, Drugs@FDA, DEA, and

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Digital TV 101

"This is a short course designed to teach you more about the exciting but sometimes byzantine world of digital TV and HDTV. [It will] teach you some of the tips and tricks you'll need to know before America goes to digital TV on midnight of February 17, 2009." Topics include televisions types, screen resolution, converter boxes, and more. Also provides a FAQ, shopping guide, and consumer tips. From the South Carolina Educational Television Commission.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Retirement Reception for Kay Rhoads Today

A retirement reception honoring Kay Rhoads, Technical Services Technician, will be held Wednesday, February 13th.

The public is invited to attend the reception that will be held from 2:30-4:00pm in the Al Harris Library Instruction Room (2nd floor).

The faculty and staff of the SWOSU Libraries, past and present, would like to express our sincerest appreciation to Kay Rhoads for dedicating 16 years of service to SWOSU. We'll miss you.

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act :

After two years of serving in the air force reserves in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gerald Delay returned home to a not-so-warm welcome from his employer, Ace Heating in Seattle.

The person hired to fill in during his deployment stayed on after Delay's return. That fill-in technician received overtime, while Delay was given part-time hours. When Delay confronted his boss, explaining that he's legally required to reinstate reservists to their original position, he says the boss told him to take it or leave it. (Ace Heating in Seattle did not return a call seeking comment.)

That cost Ace Heating a trip to federal court and $542,000 in back pay and legal costs, according to public records and Delay's attorney James Beck.

See The Warriors Return

Monday, February 11, 2008

Diabetes Trial Ends Dangerous Treatment

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health has stopped one treatment within a large, ongoing North American clinical trial of diabetes and cardiovascular disease 18 months early due to safety concerns after review of available data, although the study will continue. Click on the blue title above to read more.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Welcome the Year of the Rat: 2008

This year, the Chinese New Year fell on February 7th of the Gregorian calendar. It is the year of the Rat. The precise date is determined by the Chinese Farm Calendar, which is based on the cycles of the sun and moon, opear which operate according to astronomic principles and events.

For More Information: Year of the Rat

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Cloned Food OK

FDA Issues Documents on the Safety of Food from Animal Clones
Agency Concludes that Meat and Milk from Clones of Cattle, Swine, and Goats, and the Offspring of All Clones, are as Safe to Eat as Food from Conventionally Bred Animals
After years of detailed study and analysis, the Food and Drug Administration has concluded that meat and milk from clones of cattle, swine, and goats, and the offspring of clones from any species traditionally consumed as food, are as safe to eat as food from conventionally bred animals. There was insufficient information for the agency to reach a conclusion on the safety of food from clones of other animal species, such as sheep.

FDA today issued three documents on animal cloning outlining the agency's regulatory approach – a risk assessment; a risk management plan; and guidance for industry.

The documents were originally released in draft form in December 2006. Since that time, the risk assessment has been updated to include new scientific information. That new information reinforces the food safety conclusions of the drafts.

In 2001, U.S. producers agreed to refrain from introducing meat or milk from clones or their progeny into the food supply until FDA could further evaluate the issue. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will convene stakeholders to discuss efforts to provide a smooth and orderly market transition, as industry determines next steps with respect to the existing voluntary moratorium.

The agency is not requiring labeling or any other additional measures for food from cattle, swine, and goat clones, or their offspring because food derived from these sources is no different from food derived from conventionally bred animals. Should a producer express a desire for voluntary labeling (e.g., "this product is clone-free"), it will be considered on a case-by-case basis to ensure compliance with statutory requirements that labeling be truthful and not misleading.

Because clones would be used for breeding, they would not be expected to enter the food supply in any significant number. Instead, their sexually reproduced offspring would be used for producing meat and milk for the marketplace. At this time, the agency continues to recommend that food from clones of species other than cattle, swine and goat (e.g., sheep) not be introduced into the food supply.

Click on the blue title above for additional information.

Monday, February 04, 2008

MP3Fiesta: Download Legal MP3s: Cheap

MP3Fiesta is a music download service for those who want the latest music tracks for cheap and without any digital rights restrictions. MP3Fiesta has 19,214 artists, 79,592 albums, and 867,366 tracks in it's music database! Over 300 albums are added to the collection every day! It's complete with new releases, charts, ratings, and has a large number of music genres, including International music from the UK, Euro, and World.

In accordance with the agreement Site Owner pays license fees for all materials downloaded from the Site subject to the International Copyright Law. Authors, Artists and other Copyright holders including major labels are paid their fair dues.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Gallup: Election 2008

Collection of polling results related to the 2008 U.S. presidential election, covering candidates, parties, issues, and voting. Survey results include charts and graphs, and an explanation of survey methods. Also provides video reports for selected polls. From Gallup