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Great Moments in Sports

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010: What a day this has been in sports! World Cup Soccer saw two crucial games played simultaneously. Later the Colorado Rockies come back in the bottom of the 9th. First, soccer: USA v. Algeria and England v. Slovenia. If USA wins, we advance to the next round. If England wins, then USA has to win to advance. A tie (OK, a draw) is not enough. That's why the games are played simultaneously.

Double the tension for everyone involved, because everyone knows how the other game is going. England scores early, so now there is real pressure for USA to score. USA has chance after chance to score and they keep missing! Then, miracle of miracles, the ball goes in!! But no, denied again. Referee says no goal - who knows why, and we learned earlier this week that the referees don't have to give a reason. Time is running out and hope is dwindling.

Most Downloaded Audio eBooks - May 2010

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The top ten most downloaded Adult Fiction Audio eBooks for the month of May 2010, based on usage at libraries across the country, are:

I must save this!

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When I find interesting articles or news items, I save them. Back in the day, I'd snip articles from newspapers and magazines (if they were my own!) or make photocopies. I had a huge mess of papers - important (or just interesting) articles and tidbits that I may not ever need, but didn't want to lose.

These days, there are better ways to go about it. If I find an interesting article online, I look for "ShareThis," "Bookmark," or an email button so I can send the article to myself. The ShareThis button - used on this site and many others - has a ton of options, so you can email or post to your Facebook, Twitter, delicious or just about any other account you can think of. In the catalog, it's called "Bookmark" and has similar options.

Home & Garden

Home & Garden

Are you looking for help with your garden or home project? Or looking to plan new projects as the rain falls?

Check out Home & Garden under Research for recommended web sites and for articles in subscription databases on gardening, home maintenance and repair. The site I'm most interested in today is CSU Extension Xeriscape Information (under Garden & Xeriscape.)

49th Anniversary of 1st American in Space

Today (May 5, 2010) is the 49th anniversary of Alan Shepard's 15-minute space flight - the first space flight by an American.

At 10:34 a.m. Eastern Daylight time on May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard was the first American launched into space. The story was front-page news in the New York Times, and probably every other paper in the land. Check out the NYT front page story.

Auto Repair Reference Center lists Recalls

Auto Repair Reference Center

Check Auto Repair Reference Center for recalls on your car. Select the year, make and model and engine size of your car and click on "Service Bulletins and Recalls." Toyota recall information has been recently updated.

You can find the Toyota recall information on Vehicle Speed Control: Accelerator Pedal within the Auto Repair Reference Center. The recall is tied to these Toyota vehicles in the database as of March 22, 2010:

Check for full-text and request articles

If you find an article in a library database that doesn't have full-text, here's what you can do:

First, click the "Check for full-text" link to find out whether any of our other library databases has the full text. The library subscribes to databases from different sources and each source has a different set of journals and magazines they offer in full-text. The check for full-text button will open the "Denver Public Library Citation Linker," which will determine whether the journal is available in any of our other databases. If no other sources are found, you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan. Use the link on the Citation Linker page to log into our RequestIt! service.

Custom options in OneFile

Academic OneFile and General OneFile (also known as Infotrac OneFile) added some cool new features recently.

Most articles in Academic OneFile and General OneFile are now also available as audio files so you can listen to them and even download them as MP3s! There is a translation tool so you can translate to one of 11 different languages on the fly. (It is machine translation, so it's not perfect.) Hmm.

American Song

American Song has added 40 albums (912 tracks) of traditional folk songs, rural blues, gospel hymns, and more.

Highlights include:

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