Saturday, December 15, 2007

OANDA: The Currency Site

As exams wind down, thoughts may turn to study abroad and other foreign travel in 2008. If foreign travel is in your plans, be sure to visit OANDA first. This helpful site for both currency traders and travelers offers a wide array of currency calculation tools and financial resources, but anyone can appreciate its "Leisure Traveler" section. One of my favorite OANDA features is the "Travelers Currency Cheat Sheet." For each country you plan to visit, just insert your home currency in the converter and a wallet-size printable conversion table for a range of amounts (at the official, cash or typical credit card rate) is produced to carry with you. I also recommend the clothing size tables (for humans only, of course), and the temperature and measure converters. OANDA is a one-stop traveler's resource that will save time, money and frustration in other countries while you focus on enjoying your trip.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, December 14, 2007


It's Friday, you have had a long week of studying and exam taking. Take a break and restore your sense of humor at . Read your favorite comic strips in one place - whether that is Dilbert, Frank & Ernest or classic Peanuts.

Study hard, take a break now and again and remember - only one more week to go.

Good luck on exams.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Government Gazettes Online

Federal governments throughout the world publish some type of gazette that documents regular governmental activity. For instance, in the United States, the government publishes the Federal Register. The Government Gazettes Online Web site Aattempts to list all online government gazettes and their characteristics to aid researchers.@ The site contains entries for each gazette, which is organized alphabetically by country name. Each entry provides the gazette's title, URL, and other information.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Looking for a Good Book?

Our holiday break is just around the corner and I’m sure you can’t wait to curl up with a good book. To help you, I thought I would share a few readers’ advisory tolls.

First, I’d like to suggest NoveList. It is a wonderful tool that is accessed through the New York Public Library’s database link with a NYP Access or library card number. NoveList is a searchable database that includes over 125,000 fiction titles. It allows searching by author, title, series, a variety of traditional index terms, natural language terms or phrases, and Boolean combinations.

Another resource is This free web site is a compendium of news about books, publishing, authors, and awards. It isn’t as user friendly as NoveList, but it is packed with information. BookSpot provides numerous reviews and a great deal of genre-specific information including links to the book review pages of major newspapers and to book excerpts.

Well, I hope these help. Have a wonderful holiday break.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Noise in the library

This is a busy time of year and many of you are studying in the library. Please be aware of the different quiet and talking areas within the Library. Please step outside into the lobby or use the upstairs lounges for extended conversations.

If you are in a talking area, please keep your voices down. With many people engaged in discussion the area can become quite loud without any intent to be noisy.

Please contact a member of the library staff if you are disturbed by noise. We will ask those engaged in conversation to lower their voices (talking area) or be quiet or leave if in a quiet area.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, December 10, 2007

Codes of Ethics Online

Are you looking for a code of ethics? Codes of Ethics Online is a good place to start your search. Created by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Codes of Ethics Online has collected over 850 codes of ethics from professional societies, corporations, government and academic institutions. You can browse an alphabetical list of codes or an index of codes (organized by professional category) or you can search the codes using a customized Google search engine.

In some instances, several versions of the code are made available. For example, four versions of the American Chemical Society's Professional Employment Guidelines are available through the site.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat