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Access Science!

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Access Science is a fabulous tool for high school students and post secondary students alike.

Encompassing encyclopedia entries, information about discoveries and developments, news stories and biographies, this database is comprehensive, current and very easy to use. From agriculture to veterinary medicine, Access Science is sure to help with science projects, term papers, or as a general reference source. I wish I had known about it during my “it’s due tomorrow?!” days.

For instance, if you’re doing a project about cell division, Access Science will provide you with encyclopedia entries, biographies about geneticists, relevant news stories, and even animations of meiosis. It’s a one-stop shop!

Check out Access Science and a wide variety of other scientific databases on our e-library!

From our e-library, select Science, Technology and Environment, and then Access Science from the list of databases.

"I'm in PR"

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Any devoted Sex and the City fan will recall that Samantha, in between flings, works in PR. Although we see her attending parties in various episodes, PR is about much more than socializing. Indeed, in order to be successful in PR, you must have tact, diplomacy, and a way with words.

If you’ve got a Calgary Public Library card, you can access Effective Writing Skills for Public Relations, by John Foster, from home. Here’s how:

From our e-library, select Dictionaries and Encyclopedias. From the list of databases, choose Gale Virtual Reference Library. From the list of topics, choose Business, and you’ll see this book there, among many others.

Whether you need to brush up on your grammar, or you need a bit of direction in determining which style may be appropriate, check out Effective Writing Skills for Public Relations. Take your writing from fine to “fabulous”, as Samantha would say.

Blessed is he that readeth

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The Calgary Public Library gives cardholders access to so much! If you’ve never checked out our e-library, take the time to noodle around and see how much is there!

From the e-library, choose a subject that interests you. Then, start exploring databases. You can find newspapers, magazine articles, academic journals, car repair information, a variety of dictionaries and encyclopedias, health information and more!

Recently, I found that we’ve got a King James Version of the Bible in our e-library. I thought that I’d check it out so I could write a witty post, peppered with words like “hath” and “ye” and “giveth”. I was skimming through the Revelation of Saint John the Divine, and what should stand out, but the following line: “Blessed is he that readeth…”.

From our e-library, I chose dictionaries and encyclopedias, and then CREDO, which is one of my favourite collections of reference materials. The screen opens to a basic search, but by selecting “find a book” at the top right, I was able to see a comprehensive list of all of the books in the database. Under “religion” I found the King James Version of the Bible. But if the Bible’s not the book for you, why not check out the Qur’an? Both sacred texts are easily accessible and organized by book or surah.

Imagine: For thousands of years, sacred books were read by only a few, and typically, only by candlelight or natural light. Aren’t you fortunate that you can read them any time you like, on a back-lit screen?

Who's your MP?

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Do you know who your MP is? How about your MLA? (Do you know what those acronyms stand for?)

Online government information is easy to access – if you know where to look! On December 8, from 12:15 – 12:45 PM, let our Government Documents librarian give you a brief overview of the sites we use most often. We’ll show you how to find information about civic, provincial and federal governments, and we’ll highlight websites that are timely, authoritative and comprehensive.

Join us on the third floor of the Central library. Bring your lunch, watch demonstrations, and have your questions answered!

Can’t attend the session? From our homepage, click on e-library, and then "Best Websites". Our list of frequently used websites is stored on Delicious, so you can easily find the sites that we use and recommend.

Calling All Centaurs!

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If your birthday falls between November 23rd and December 21st, you are a Sagittarius. You are a fire sign, and your ruling planet is Jupiter. Being born in the ninth house of the zodiac predisposes you to interests in travel and philosophy. Does this sound like you?

The zodiac has a long, interesting and somewhat obscure history. The twelve signs that were developed in the Western world were remarkably similar to those developed in ancient India. The Chinese, who have a different sign from year to year, rather than month to month, still employed the number twelve in their scheme.

I regard the zodiac as equal parts astronomy, psychology and art. Enjoy it for the guidance it offers, its beautiful imagery and intriguing symbols, or just appreciate how the ancients could have discovered the constellations and mapped their movements, all without telescopes or even Bic pens!

To find out more about astrology, browse our catalogue.

Also, if you read your daily horoscope, why not green this habit by reading it online? Your library card is your subscription the the Calgary Herald, the Globe and Mail and hundreds of other daily newspapers. Check out the database Newspaper Direct Press Display, in our e-library.

Join CPL at the Career Show!

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The job hunt. It’s a challenging, competitive world, and these are especially trying times. Are you doing all you can, to ensure success in your search?

If you’re searching for a job, be sure to visit the Calgary Public Library booth (among a huge range of others) at the Career Show, coming up this Friday and Saturday. Sure, you’ve got Halloween on the brain, but this is an excellent opportunity to find a huge range of employers, and services / agencies that assist in job hunting, all under one roof! The Calgary Public Library looks forward to attending this event each year, and it always sends its expert staff. This year, five staff members will be on-hand to answer your questions.

Whether you’re concerned about formulating a resume and cover letter, or you need advice about networking and job hunting, Calgary Public Library has resources and materials to assist you. There’s no question too strange, no question too complex! We regularly host Career Tours and Career Coaching sessions, and we have the largest collection of career-related materials in the city! Let us show you the wealth of resources that are accessible either in your branch, or through our e-library.

We wish you all the very best, in your search!

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