What is the trash monster?


rwh_0001_0001_0_img0031This trash monster is the symbol of people’s efforts to fight against waste and pollution. So on April 22, we have Earth Day. Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin got the ball rolling in 1970 with the first Earth Day.

To learn more about recycling, conserving water and safe products for the environment visit Hot Topic – Living Green

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Ever been to a drinking water plant?


drinking water 3Take a guided tour of a water treatment plant. Shows step-by-step how source water moves through the treatment and distribution processes and ends up in the customer’s home or business.

Take the Virtual Tour of a Drinking Water Treatment Plant (requires Adobe Flash).
This video can be viewed in English and Spanish.
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Also contains lesson plans for teachers. Additional lesson plans for teachers may be found at Hot Topics – The Teacher’s Toolbox.

New Reference eBooks


GVRL5_lgLook what we just added to our Gale Virtual Reference Library! Includes business, culture and computer sciences titles.

CQ Researcher’s New Interface


cqresearcher 2013One of my favorite sources, CQ Researcher, is celebrating it’s 90th anniversary!  CQ Researcher is honoring this long standing resource with a new interface and a new feature – Hot Topics.  The Hot Topics section should hit the target for many English Composition research papers.

The  feature that offers special, up-to-date reports and chronologies on 20 of the most-researched topics, including obesity, abortion, and marijuana legalization. The site also includes improvements in the browse and search functionality, a new logo, and a clean site design that makes all content easier to read and navigate.

Published 44 times a year, CQ Researcher reports feature 12,000 words of footnoted text, bibliographies, a timeline of events, charts and graphs, photographs and more. Reports offer comprehensive analysis of topics ranging from climate change, gay marriage and immigration to conflict in the Middle East, the impact of social media on society, and gun control.

So for your next Pro/Con paper check out CQ Researcher.

You might also want to view our Hot Topic – Leading Issues which includes CQ Researcher  with a video on how to use the new interface and a host of other great library resources including Opposing Viewpoints and SIRS – Leading Issues.

What Happens to Florida if the Ocean Rises?


coastal floodingUse the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts data viewer to look at what happens when sea level rises and how it could impact coastal flooding not only in Florida but on any U.S. coast. The viewer is a cool screening-level tool that uses nationally consistent data sets and analyses.  Data and maps provided can be used at several scales to help gauge trends and prioritize actions for different scenarios.