Online Encyclopedia to challenge Wikipedia

(Internet Sites, Reference) Permanent link

Here is the best of both worlds.  provides online content that is free & not password protected AND content that is from reputable sources.  It includes: "verified facts, information, and biographies from trusted sources. gives you credible answers from published reference works – all in one place: 49 encyclopedias from sources like Oxford University Press and Columbia University Press & 73 dictionaries and thesauruses with definitions, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations."  -- from website.

The only downside to the source is the annoying ads.  But that's the flipside when you don't have to pay for it.

My favorite part of the site is the "Compare side-by-side" feature.  Check out this article on the Iran Hostage Crisis (click on the "Compare side-by-side" tab).  You can see three rather current reference articles all on one page.


CLIO Notes on America: History and Life

(History, Research Databases) Permanent link

CLIO Notes for America: History & Life will guide you through subjects in United States history, by allowing you to browse through chronologies and brief summaries of significant events and themes in American history. On the main screen, you will find a list of major time periods and events. Each of these is further divided into subtopics that display informative essays and suggestions for further research. Linked subject terms are also provided, which allow you to search the entire America: History and Life database for articles, book and media reviews, and dissertations.

CLIO Notes provides a new way of exploring historical periods. Created with the help of historians and librarians, it helps gather necessary information quickly through expanded searching opportunities for studying historical periods in detail and providing guidance through the key historical and cultural issues covered in American history courses:

  • Concise overviews of 22 historical periods taught in American history courses
  • Detailed chronologies provide global context for major events and issues of each period
  • Study questions help paper topics selection and prepare for class discussions
  • Unique lists of searching terms compiled by the database’s editors

You will find CLIO Notes inside the America: History & Life database on the blue bar at the top of the screen.

Evolution and Relgion

(Creation and Evolution) Permanent link

This week the Vatican is holding an evolution conference as part of the 150 anniversary of the publication of Darwin's "Origin of Species."  According to the Catholic News Service, other views like creationism or intelligent design were not included because the organizers wanted it to be "'strictly scientific' ... that discussed rational philosophy and theology along with the latest scientific discoveries."  Did you know that the Catholic Church believes that evolution is not incompatible with Christianity?

Also this week, I was cataloging the latest volume of Mars Hill Audio, a bimonthly audio magazine of contemporary culture & Christian conviction, that the library subscribes to --  there is an 'article' in volume 93.  The interview with James A. Herrick discusses evolution as a religion.  You can listen to the discussion here.  Or check out the whole issue on from the library: CD 261 M363h v.93.

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