Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How to access electronic reserves


  1. Make sure the computer you are using has a PDF reader as all electronic reserves are in PDF format. All computers in the University Libraries have Adobe Acrobat already installed. Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free download available at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html.

  2. Access University Libraries home page.

  3. Click on CardCatNOTE: you must login to CardCat using your BSU username and password to access course reserves.

  4. Click on the Course Reserves link in the grey area in the top third of the CardCat page.

  5. Enter search criteria in text box (recommend using Instructor's name (eg Airriess) or Course Number (eg GEOG 121))

  6. Click on button that matches search criteria (eg Airriess, GEOG 121, etc.)

  7. Locate desired reserve from displayed list and Click on the Title hyperlink. Reserve information including the URL will be displayed.

  8. Click on the URL.

  9. Enter your BSU username and password if prompted.

  10. Click OK.

  11. Adobe Acrobat Reader or its plug-in will launch and display the document.

More information specific to Electronic Reserves can be located on the Course Reserves page titled “Search for Items on Reserve.”

Monday, March 19, 2012

Vernal equinox 2012


from EarthSky
At 1:14am Eastern Daylight Saving Time, 20 March 2012, spring begins. This date and time mark the vernal equinox- equal hours of daylight and darkness that occur twice a year in spring and fall.

For more information on this in Ball State's University Libraries and online:

Do keyword searches in CardCat for "vernal," "spring," "autumnal," or "fall" "equinox," or "soltices." You can also type in terms such as "astronomy" or "seasons" for more general information.

You can also find books on this subject and astronomy in general on the shelves under call numbers beginning with Q14 (encyclopedia, dictionaries, glossaries, etc.) or QB63-65 (field guides, star charts, manuals, etc.).

More information...
"The Egg and the Equinox" from Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy
Seasons Calculator for Indianapolis IN, years 2000-2049 from timeandate.com
SkyTonight Almanac from Sky & Telescope
"Everything you need to know: Vernal spring equinox 2012." from EarthSky
Earth's Seasons: Equinoxes, Solstices, Perihelion, and Aphelion from the US Naval Observatory