United Nations Day

UN logoHappy birthday, UN! Friday, October 24, is United Nations Day, the anniversary of the UN Charter creating this body going into effect. The Secretary-General issues a statement every year in honor of this anniversary. How will you celebrate?

Learn more about the UN from its “UN at a glance” web page, or use resources from Andersen Library! Search “Books, Media, and more (UW Whitewater)” for Library holdings such as the books The United Nations system: A reference handbook (2006, online), Interventions: A life in war and peace (2012, 2nd-floor Browsing Books D839.7.A56 A3 2012), Human rights at the UN: The political history of universal justice (2008, online), and Preventive diplomacy at the UN (2008, online).

Watch UN Web TV! You can see featured videos like “The UN Turns 70,” “Africa is Rising,” or “United Nations: Protecting our Planet.” There also is a schedule of live UN meetings that you can view.

Search databases for articles such as “The United Nations Global Compact: An institutionalist perspective” (Journal of Business Ethics, 2014, vol.122:no.2, pp.217-223) and “United Nations peacekeeping and civilian protection in civil war” (American Journal of Political Science, 2013, vol.57:no.4, pp.875-891).

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding materials.

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Featured Resource & T3: Citation Managers

citationmanagers

For many students, creating and editing citation lists are the dreaded last tasks of a writing project. Have you decided to improve the way you manage your research citations? Librarians can help you set up a system that turns them from a dreadful chore into an easier and helpful step in the research process.

The Library provides support for two citation managers: EndNote Basic (also referred to as EndNote Web) and Zotero. These citation managers allow you to organize your references and create bibliographies at the touch of a button. They’ll even help you easily store your PDFs in a logical manner!

Contact Ellen Latorraca (EndNote guru) or Diana Shull (Zotero evangelist) if you want to set up an individual appointment or small-group workshop. Ellen also has a list of scheduled workshops available at my.uww.edu/signup.

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New Stuff Tuesday – October 22, 2014

“K'Nex Introduction to Structures: Bridges

Bridges:
Introduction to Structures
by K’NEX Education
TH165 .B6 2013
Teaching Tools, Curriculum Collection, 2nd floor

Are you looking for resources to use in your lesson planning for teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) concepts?
Do you feel inspired to reconnect with your Lego or Lincoln Log past?
If you answered yes! to either A or B, then don’t overlook new stuff in the Teaching Tools collection which is located on the 2nd floor of Andersen Library.

One of the most recent additions is the K’NEX Education Introduction to Structures: Bridges set. The set includes building instructions, enough parts to build 13 fully-functioning replicas of real-world structures, and a teacher’s guide aligned to national education standards and Common Core Mathematics. Other useful tools for addressing similar concepts, also available in the collection, are GoldieBlox. If you are looking for more kits to introduce students to design, geometry, and strength of bridges and other structures, browse the Teaching Tools collection online  or visit the Children’s Collections area.

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Looking for Images?

Sparklers, by Kelley Bozarth

Are you looking for images to use in your upcoming presentation? In order to avoid violating copyright, check out some of the websites below. Each site includes images that you can use without breaking copyright laws. Some of the images have something called a Creative Commons license. These licenses allow you to use an image for free but can specify different things, such as the requirement to give credit to the creator of the image or the prohibition of altering the work in some way. Even if you do not see a Creative Commons license, it is always a good idea to give credit to the person who created the image. (By the way, the photo in this post is by Kelley Bozarth from Unsplash.)

  • Google Advanced Image Search: We all use Google when we’re looking for information. By using the Advanced Image Search, you can make sure you’re finding images intended to be used and shared by changing the Usage Rights option to meet your needs.
  • Flickr Advanced Search: Flickr is a great source for finding images. When using their advanced search, just click the checkbox next to Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content in order to find images for your assignment.
  • morgueFile: “morgueFile contains photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects by visitors to the site.” The site simply asks that you give credit to the photographer who took the photo.
  • WorldImages: This site, from California State University, contains over 10,000 images from all over the world. The images are for non-profit educational purposes, and they ask that you give credit to those who created the images.
  • Imagebase: “Imagebase.net is a collection of photos, mostly taken by David Niblack, that can be freely used for personal, commercial, non-profit, artistic, or creative purposes.”
  • Unsplash: Looking for something a little more artsy? Unsplash posts 10 totally free photos every 10 days.
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Money Mondays: Competition

A few weeks ago we talked about supply and demand, and how there is an ideal equilibrium between the two. This equilibrium exists because of competition in the marketplace. According to Investopedia, “Under perfect competition, there are many buyers and sellers, and prices reflect supply and demand. Also, consumers have many substitutes if the good or service they wish to buy becomes too expensive or its quality begins to fall short. New firms can easily enter the market, generating additional competition. Companies earn just enough profit to stay in business and no more, because if they were to earn excess profits, other companies would enter the market and drive profits back down to the bare minimum.”

Adam Smith

Perfect competition doesn’t exist in reality, but in most industries companies are affected by other companies’ products and pricing. This is largely because each firm (and each individual) is primarily concerned for its own interests. Adam Smith describes this self-interest as an “invisible hand” in his book Wealth of Nations (available at Andersen Library). The concept of the invisible hand “[assumes] that individuals try to maximize their own good (and become wealthier), and by doing so, through trade and entrepreneurship, society as a whole is better off” (Investopedia).

There are situations that undermine competition and the invisible hand. You may have heard people discuss types of imperfect competition, such as monopolies or oligopolies. Imperfect competition is often regulated by the government because it can be damaging to the economic well-being of a country. One example of such legislation is the Sherman Antitrust Act, passed in 1890 to limit monopolies. Recently, people have been debating whether or not the Comcast/Time Warner deal should be considered a monopoly because they are the two largest companies in their industry. The problem with monopolies is that they give one company significant power over the market, allowing them to inflate prices. Meanwhile, other companies are discouraged from entering the market. This undermines competition and can harm the economy.

If you’re interested in learning more about competition, listen to this podcast from Econ Lowdown.

Also, check out these books available at Andersen Library:

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Maker Monday – Piggy banks and Money Management

Andersen Library welcomes financial specialist to educate students on money management on Monday, October 20. Denise Kaminski, of UW Credit Union, is slated to present 3:30 – 4:00 pm.  Crafting event to follow.

MakerMonday

Kaminski aims to educate UW-Whitewater students regarding not only saving money in college, but learning how to use it wisely.

Following the presentation, a craft session will be available to the first 24 students who show up to the event. These students will have the opportunity to decorate their own piggy-bank or cow-bank with supplies provided. After completion of the project, artists will be able to take their masterpieces home!

This event is just another addition to Andersen Library’s “Maker Monday” series. It is first come, first served and will be located over by the big screen TV on the main floor of the Library.

For any questions or accommodations requests please contact Rebecca Jones at SchallerRL22@uww.edu

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Friday Fun: Pew Quizzes

image of question markTime for some Friday Fun! Take these fun, short, and grade-free quizzes from the Pew Research Center that will allow you to see how your opinions and knowledge compare to others’ responses: in News IQ, Millennialism, Science Knowledge, etc.

Good luck!

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T3: Printing from Laptops

wireless-printing

Did you know that you can print remotely from your laptop to any of the General Access lab printers (including the printers in Andersen Library)?

The process is quick and easy to install the necessary software on your computer. Follow the instructions for Windows and Mac laptops and start printing!

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Media Freedom v. Corporate Control

Peace, Education and Activism through Creative Engagement (P.E.A.C.E.), a UWW student organization, will show the documentary “Shadows of Liberty” on Thurs., Oct. 16th at 5:30pm in UC Summers Auditorium. This 90-minute award-winning documentary examines the impact of corporate ownership on the U.S. media and freedom of the press.

You can learn more about the documentary from reviews or press releases, e.g., “KCETLink Premieres ‘Shadows of Liberty,’ A Revealing Film Exploring America’s Corporate Controlled Media” (PR Newswire US, 03/20/2013) or “Shadows of Liberty” (Library Journal, 2013, vol.138:no.16, p.52).

cover of The Handbook of Mass Media EthicsYou also can learn more about the topic by looking at Library resources, e.g., articles like “Markets, ownership, and the quality of campaign news coverage” (Journal of Politics, 2008, vol.70:no.4, pp.1193-1202), “Interfering owners or meddling advertisers: How network television news correspondents feel about ownership and advertiser influence on news stories” (Journal of Media Economics, 2003, vol.16:no.3, pp.175-188), and “Corporate ownership and news bias: Newspaper coverage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act” (Journal of Politics, 2000, vol.62:no.2, pp.369-386). Other relevant Library resources include the streaming video “Media manipulation: New game for big business” (1998, available via Films on Demand), book chapters such as “Media ownership, concentration, and control: The evolution of debate” (In The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications, 2011, Wiley-Blackwell, chapter 7, pp.140-168), and books like “The handbook of mass media ethics” (Main Collection, 3rd Floor, P94 .H355 2009), which includes a chapter called “Media ownership in a corporate age.”

Can’t attend the free event? UWW students and staff may borrow the DVD of Shadows of Liberty from another UW campus library by using the free universal borrowing service. Requested items arrive in 2-5 weekdays.

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding additional materials.

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New Stuff Tuesday – October 14, 2014

The Passenger Pigeon

The Passenger Pigeon
by Errol Fuller
QL696 .C6 F8 2015
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

The Passenger Pigeon is one of my favorite species, even though it’s been extinct for exactly 100 years. Sadly, the last bird died in a Cincinnati Zoo in 1914.

What is so tragic and fascinating about the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon is that it was likely the most plentiful bird species in the world in its heydey (p. 9). The sheer size of their migrating flocks made the birds’ co-habitation with humans problematic. They migrated in massive flocks, estimated in the 19th Century at 2-3 billion birds, in search of food. You can imagine what they left behind — or didn’t — when they moved on. But they were rarely allowed to move on undisturbed as you will learn from these pages.

The author’s goal is simply to celebrate the existence of the species. Though not an academic treatise, I learned a number of new things about Ectopistes Migratorius from this nicely-crafted volume, which features lovely images documenting the birds’ natural history and interaction with humans. The baby bird photos are particularly endearing.

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