New year, new useful online resources

Happy new year to all of our BRAIN_blog readers! To usher in the new year we have some news: 1) a new database access page @ TheBRAIN, 2) a new search tool that provides answers instead of only links, 3) a new Google feature and 4) useful e-resources about the tsunami.

1) new database entry point @ TheBRAIN
After comprehensive studies with our users, we have made some navigational changes to our database pages, specifically the entry page. Take a look and tell us what you think. In case you haven’t heard, the databases are terrific sources for current and authoritative information and contain articles from popular magazines and scholarly journals, electronic books, and more.

2) New Search Tool Provides Answers (not just links!)
To be honest, is not really new as it used to be called GuruNET. However the news is that it is now free! (It used to be subscription-based.) Type in a search and instead of getting a list of links you get actual answers provided by encyclopedias (the reputable Columbia Encyclopedia), dictionaries (the authoritative American Heritage) and other sources! For example, I typed in Howard Hughes and was presented with encyclopedia entries, photos, a longer article and links to further information! (All sources are noted.) In case you can�t tell by all of the exclamation marks, this is really exciting!! In addition, a free lookup tool is available for download to your desktop from the web site. �1 Click Answers� is a desktop tool that allows you to either type a search term into an �answer bar� that docks on the side of your screen or simply click on a word (in Word, your browser or any other program), press ALT and will provide information about that term! Don�t just take my word for it; check out for yourself why this new tool is truly amazing!

3) New Google Tool: Google Suggest
Type your search term into Google Suggest and watch as the suggestions appear! Still in beta, Google Suggest is a tool that suggests search terms for you based on what you type into the search box. For example, I was trying to think of the other relief agency that has a name similar to Red Cross. I typed in “red c” and a list of suggestions appeared. From here I could see Red Crescent and selected it from the list. From here I continued my search as I would in regular Google. Cool!

4) Tsunami resources
A couple of useful resources on the web about the devastating tsunami disaster: Edmonton Public Library has an excellent collection of sites on where to send donations, the government response, news sources, and even information on Canadian adoption of tsunami orphans. The Global Health Disaster Network offers an online �Supercourse� on tsunamis. SuperCourse has 18,000 faculty (6 of which are Nobel Prize winners) from 151 countries. There are over 2000 quality lectures created just-in-time on global health issues with the mission being to provide top-quality information to reduce fear and save lives. Information on the Canadian government response can be found here and here.

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