The things I’ve learned so far in my reference course
June 30, 2010
- some information is just really hard to find.
- college libraries have some resources (like specialized databases) that are far superior to those found other types of libraries.
- google.com/scholar can be helpful.
- google.com/books can also be helpful.
- there are encyclopedias or dictionaries for more topics that I probably even know exist.
- some things are bears to cite.
- sometimes you have to break down and ask someone else for help.
- Vita Sackville-West, her husband and children.
- The book that ran for the most weeks on the NYT bestseller’s list.
- There is a very nicely annotated list of all the Coretta Scott King award winners from the time of it’s inception to present.
- The advantages and disadvantages of English as the official language of the USA.
- There are other poems that begin with “I wandered lonely as a cloud” than the one I learned in middle school.
- O’Henry worked under an unusual set of circumstances writing “The Gift of the Magi.”
- Libby Gelman-Waxner
- Ockham’s Razor
- The particulars of the “Old Deluder Satan Act.”
- There are formulas for wind chill and the heat index that made me as a math teacher shudder.
- Camille St. Saens and some of his students
- The chemical properties of caffeine.
- “Bien amicalement”
- Derivations of “momick”
- Once-removed as it pertains to kin.
- Marriages of first cousins and double first cousins.
- North Carolina has a publication that tells all the local and state election results
- NC and VA share many things
- GNP and GDP
- The ALA puts out an annual publication that you can find anything and everything about current libraries. Need a name and address?
- Dame of Sark
- Mary Renault
- Trouser roles, mezzo-sopranos, Americans that sing them.
- Howard Allen O’Brien
- counties surrounding Pitt county.
- Novels set in the Urals.
- ND longitude and latitude.
- Where to purchase wall mounted maps.
- What the first publication of a law is called.
- History of the census.
- SuDocs classification.
- Where to find biographies of past and present congressional members.