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  • Banned Books Week
    Posted September 19, 2013
    Banned Books Week is September 22 - 28, 2013.
    Visit the Banned Books Week site to find about about events, participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out, get lists of banned books, and much more. Celebrate the freedom to read!
  • The 21 worst tech habits - and how to break them
    Posted April 29, 2013
    Identify your (bad) habits. There is something for everyone in this list.
  • National Library Week 2013
    Posted April 9, 2013
    National Library Week 2013 is celebrated April 14-20. Read about activities taking place and ways to celebrate.
  • How do I cite a tweet?
    Posted January 15, 2013
    Tips from the Modern Language Association (MLA) for citing tweets in your works-cited list and in the body of your paper.
  • Searching corpora with Ngram Viewer
    Posted December 7, 2012
    Thanks to the wonders of text scanning and optical character recognition (OCR) there are increasingly large bodies of online, searchable texts. The most well-known corpus is the Google Books project, which includes over 20 million books. Google offers a tool called the Ngram Viewer (, which allows users to search for words or phrases across the entire corpus. It will generate a graph so that you can see trends on usage. This is a great way to understand changes in grammar or the popularity of a phrase over time. For example, did you know the word "dude" appeared more frequently in the 1940s than in the 1960s?
  • Unforgettable Passwords
    Posted November 19, 2012
    Password tips that can help thwart hackers.
    Create more secure passwords while making them easier for you to remember.
  • How to Devise Passwords that Drive Hackers Away
    Posted November 19, 2012
    Password tips that can help thwart hackers.
    Create more secure passwords while making them easier for you to remember.
  • Easy computing tips!
    Posted October 9, 2012.
    28 general computing tips that have stood the test of time. Basic, practical advice we all can use. From the magazine PCWorld.
  • Banned Book Week
    Posted September 25, 2012.
    Banned Book Week is September 30 - October 6.
    Check out activities for the week and read about banned and challenged books. View various banned & challenged titles lists, from the classics to the top 100 banned & challenged books from 2000-2009. You might be surprised!
  • Search engines that respect your privacy.
    Posted May 29, 2012
    Move over Google. Brief article highlighting 5 alternative search engines such as DuckDuckGo that are great tools AND respect your privacy.
  • Use the Internet wisely.
    Posted May 10, 2012
    This short article gives great tips on being a more savvy and critical Internet user. A good read.
  • Choose Privacy Week
    Posted May 3, 2012
    May 1 - 7 is Choose Privacy Week. Learn how to protect your personal data. Go to, sponsored by the American Library Association.
  • Searching Google Scholar
    Posted April 19, 2012
    Be an informed Google Scholar searcher.
  • Ebrary Trial
    Posted April 13, 2012
    Join in and try out the Ebrary database. Trial goes through mid-May.
  • Ebook Databases
    Posted April 3, 2012
    Looking for ebooks? Check out our great ebook databases.


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