O’Reilly-Safari: new look, more books

Enhance your learning on the new O’Reilly-Safari platform. Gleeson Library | Geschke Center now brings you unlimited access to their Academic Catalog: over 48,000 books, videos, case studies, learning paths, and content from O’Reilly conferences, from beginner to advanced. Read online or download to their app for offline use. You might know O’Reilly-Safari for its … Continue reading O’Reilly-Safari: new look, more books

2019 Library Database and Journal Cancellations

In December, the Library notified faculty of our preliminary plans for database and journal cancellations for the coming fiscal year. This will mark the fifth consecutive year that the Library’s budget has been cut, and each cut necessitates increasingly significant cancellations for the Library and the faculty & students whom we support. Two years ago, … Continue reading 2019 Library Database and Journal Cancellations

Get the score on sports resources at Gleeson

Hey, sport! During a recent reference desk shift, a researcher in the library asked me for statistics about badminton participation. I happily recommended the Sports Market Analytics database (previously known as SBRNet).

SMA gathers in-depth analytics on both professional and hobby sports: market share, demographics, venue reports, and trade publications. Although it focuses on the United States, some sports have international data as well. When I walk in Golden Gate Park, I often see a group of people playing badminton. How big a market are they participating in? Check it out: the sport of badminton engendered a 11.5 million dollar market in 2012.

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A Primary Source for Black History

Newspapers can be powerful agents of social change and newspapers can contain powerful primary sources for historical research. The Chicago Defender is powerful in both these ways, and is a great resource to check out when celebrating Black History Month. Under the direction of its founder, Robert S. Abbott, and his successor, John H. Sengstacke, The Defender brought focus to … Continue reading A Primary Source for Black History

中文: The World’s Most Widely-Spoken Language

How much do you know about Mandarin Chinese, the world’s most widely-spoken language? Oxford Dictionaries‘ infographic (below) offers an overview to the Chinese language family, introducing you to key elements such as the number of native speakers worldwide, where different Chinese-speaking populations are located, the names of the major dialects, and the different types of … Continue reading 中文: The World’s Most Widely-Spoken Language

The Hidden Web

Suppose you have to write a paper for school and you’re ready to start doing your research. The obvious place to start is Google, right? But here’s a question for you: When you use a search engine like Google, Yahoo, or Bing, are you searching the entire web? If not, then, are you at least searching … Continue reading The Hidden Web