Brain Teaser – Where Do You Come From?


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This week’s brainteaser is about the inhabitants and natives of particular places – people born or living in specific countries, cities or regions. Can you say which place these people were born in or are resident in? Need help? Use Credo Reference Online, easy and quick to use!

1. Londoner.

2. Athenian.

3. Oxonian.

4. Brummie or Brummy.

5. Cantabrigian.

6. Scouse or Scouser.

7. Breton.

8. Hibernian.

9. Hoosier.

10. Canuck.

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

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Brain Teaser – Places


Try to identify the names of places (countries, cities, etc.) hidden in these clues about their origin. Need help? Try Credo Reference Online.

1. Which area of Spain can be translated as “Coast of the Sun”?

2. Which English city got its name from a ford used by oxen?

3. Which city in California has a name that means “the Angels”?

4. Which Greek city was named after its patron goddess Athena?

5. Which part of the United Kingdom has a name which comes from an Old English word meaning “foreigner, stranger, Celt”?

6. Which South American country is cut through by the equator, after which it is named?

7. Which Irish city has a name that means “black pool”?

8. Which South American country gets its name from the Spanish for “silver country”?

9. Which Dutch city got its name from a phrase meaning “the count’s hedge”?

10. Which American state gets its name from the Spanish for “snow-covered”?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Brain Teaser – Regions


This brainteaser is about different named regions of the world, and where they are.

Need help? Try Credo Reference for the answer.

1. The Costa Brava is a coastal region of which country?

2. Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne are wine-producing areas of which country?

3. The Sahel is an area bordering the southern margins of which desert?

4. Name two of the three countries which make up the Low Countries.

5. The Northwest Territories are a division of which country?

6. Emilia-Romagna is a region of which country?

7. Oceania is a rather ambiguous term generally applied to the islands of which ocean?

8. Which writer borrowed the name of “Wessex” from Anglo-Saxon history for the West Country setting of most of his novels and many of his poems?

9. Darfur is a region in the west of which country?

10. Bohemia is a historic region which is now in which country?

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Brain Teaser – Rivers


 

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This week’s brainteaser is all about rivers of various sorts.  Need help? Try Credo Reference.

1. What is the world’s longest river?

2. Which well-known university town is located in England on the Cam River?

3. What was the title of the song which Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer wrote as the theme music for the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”?

4. Which river, 4,000 miles long, begins near the Pacific Ocean and descends through Peru and Brazil before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean on the equator?

5. The Huang-he is the second longest river in China. What English name is given to it because of the great amounts of silt it carries down?

6. The Bow River in Banff National Park is in which country?

7. Which Irish river rises in the Wicklow Mountains and divides the city of Dublin into two?

8. In which country does the River Oise begin?

9. In 1915, who wrote the “Spoon River Anthology”, a collection of epitaphs in free verse?

10. In classical myths, the shades of the dead had to cross which river to reach Hades?

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk).

EBSCO Databases Discontinued


This month we will be discontinuing the following EBSCO Databases:

  • Nursing & Allied Health Collection
  • Salud para todos
  • Scientific American
  • American Heritage Child Dictionary
  • Kids Search
  • Searchasaurs
  • Student Research Center

For replacements try using the following:

  • Health Source – Nursing Edition – Search health publications geared toward the medical students or professionals. Contains a medical dictionary.
  • CINAHL Plus with Full TextCINAHL Plus with Full Text is the world’s most comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 750 journals indexed in CINAHL. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index – with no embargo. CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the definitive research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature.
  • Credo Reference – One stop shopping for encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, not to mention a range of subject-specific titles. Be sure to try the “Concept Map”, it’s really cool!
  • Kids InfoBits – Find information about animals, plants, people, geography, sports and many more subjects just for kids.
  • Student Resource Center Gold – Search reference books, Magazines & Journals, Newspapers, Primary Documents, and Multimedia for subject areas History, Literature, Science, Social Science & biographies. Timeline feature.