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Archive for the month “May, 2014”

NPR Database of Commencement Addresses

NPR launches searchable database of over 300 memorable commencement speeches

NPR – “Something funny has happened to the familiar commencement address in the past 10 years. That something is YouTube. Steve Jobs’ 2005 address at Stanford, to take just one example, has been viewed upwards of 20 million times. We are now in a golden age of the commencement speech as a hilarious, inspiring form of popular art. And to pay our respects to graduations past and present, NPR Ed and the NPR Visuals team have built a searchable, shareable database of over 300 commencement speeches dating back to 1774. Since the colonial era, young graduates in stiff gowns and itchy mortarboards have been forced to sit through this one last lecture. On rare occasions, politicians have used commencements to say important things, like John F. Kennedy announcing a nuclear test ban. Other lucky graduates have been treated to profound musings by literary geniuses like Joseph Brodsky and Kurt Vonnegut, or calls to action by activists like Gloria Steinem.”

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Auto Repair Reference Center Update

EBSCO has added over 5.8 million records to this great resource, including many of the newer models.

New Snohomish and Island County Historical Records on FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch.org has just released a new set of browsable images of historical records from Snohomish and Island counties.  These records include:

  • vital records
  • probate
  • school
  • tax
  • naturalization
  • and other records.

Although they’re not currently indexed, and therefore searchable, that will probably be available in the not-too-distant future.

EBSCO Enhancements

Updates to NoveList

NoveList now offers some exciting new features and a new look. Enhancements include:

  • Audiobook information and recommendations that expand the library’s ability to offer listeners’ advisory (NoveList Plus only)
  • An updated design for all NoveList databases that retains key search features only available in the NoveList experience, while aligning the style with recent EBSCO product interface updates
  • A menu bar across the top of every screen that allows for easier access to content

Enhancements to Autocomplete functionality

The following search updates apply to EBSCO Discovery Service, EBSCOhost Research Databases, and NoveList:

  • Suggestions list expanded to millions of terms to provide users with more precise suggestions
  • User interface enhanced to order suggestions, now mined from search logs, by search query popularity rather than alphabetically
  • Matching letters are highlighted as the user types to improve the user experience

 

 

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