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Global Road Warrior

Global Road WarriorGlobal Road Warrior is a database with information on 175 countries, including key facts about each country and practical information for travelers. It includes cultural information such as business customs and social etiquette and has been described as the “Ultimate Business Travel Guide”.

Films on Demand: Health & Medicine

filmsdemand1Films on Demand: Health & Medicine is a streaming video database containing approximately 1,000 educational videos on a variety of medical and health topics, including: Diseases; Disorders & Disabilities; Health Care & Treatment; Health Careers; Human Anatomy and Physiology; Nutrition; Personal Health & Wellness; Public Health.

Career Guidance Center

careerFerguson’s Career Guidance Center is a comprehensive career research database. It provides detailed and up-to-date profiles of more than 2,900 of today’s most popular jobs in 93 industries.

Filmaker’s Library Online

Alexander Street PressFilmaker’s Library Online (Alexander Street Press) is a streaming video database of over 1,000 award-winning documentaries and independent films from around the world. Topics covered include race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more.

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statista

Statista is a statistics database containing facts and statistics from thousands of sources. It provides direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and many other areas of interest. Data sources include market research reports, trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases.

Oxford Art Online

art oxfordOxford Art Online is an outstanding reference source that combines four Oxford University Press titles – Grove Art Online (online version of the 34 volume encyclopedia),  Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (4 volumes), Oxford Companion to Western Art and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. It covers all aspects of art from pre-history to the present day, including the fine arts – painting, sculpture, and architecture, and the decorative arts – ceramics, textiles, jewelry, interior design, furniture, glass, and metalwork.  Oxford Art Online is a great place to begin research on artists or any art-related topic.

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Oxford Music Online

oxford music imageOxford Music Online is a fantastic reference source containing the full text of several music reference works including Grove Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music. The majority of the content in Oxford Music Online comes from Grove Music Online, which incorporates the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians ( 29 volumes), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (4 volumes), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (3 volumes). Oxford Music Online offers the most extensive and easily searchable online music resource available, allowing you to quickly search over 50,000 signed articles and 30,000 biographies written by over 6,000 scholars from around the world.

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Banned Books Week

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read
September 30 – October 6, 2012

Banned Books Week – Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year.  Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Book banning efforts were alive and well in 2011.  The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) received 326 reports regarding attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. The list below includes the title of the book followed by the reasons given for challenging the book:

The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011 »

The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011
1)      ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

2)      The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

3)      The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
Anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

4)      My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

5)      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

6)      Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

7)      Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

8)      What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
Nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

9)      Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

10)  To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

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Check out our new library catalog!

The BHC Library is one of 130 libraries in the PrairieCat library consortium. All of these libraries now have a new library catalog with some great new features including:

• Save items in a shopping cart and place holds on all the items in the cart at the same time.
• Maintain a personal reading history if you so choose.
• Smart catalog searches with “Did you mean?” responses to match misspelled titles or authors with possible matches.
• Narrow searches by things like format type or only items currently available for checkout.

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Need help finding a topic?

topicsTry Opposing Viewpoints or CQ Researcher. Both cover many current topics and have very good pro / con material.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center includes all the “Opposing Viewpoints” books as well as other sources that cover a large number of topics from a variety of viewpoints. The first page of the database lists all the major topic areas – one click and you can view all of the topics within each major topic area. You can also use either the basic or advanced search box to look for more specific topics.

CQ Researcher carries reports on a variety of contemporary issues and each report gives at least two sides to each issue. You can browse the reports by date or by topic.

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