Reviews and Blog Posts: Reference databases

Why are (some) dolls so creepy?

Creepy dolls

What is it about dolls?  Everyone has a scary or creepy doll story... or a grandmother who has a creepy doll... something.  

What's in your future?

future

It's hard to believe 2014 is coming to an end.  Seems like just yesterday we were awaiting Y2K, judgment day, purple skies and people running everywhere.

Ebola in the News Quiz

ebola virus

Ebola virus is making headlines everywhere these days and for good reason. Out of curiosity, I thought it might be interesting to look at the reporting on Ebola over time in something like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. It turns out, Ebola has been making headlines and reported on in both since the 1970s.

Take the following quiz and see how much you already know!

The New York Times, Dec. 1, 1976
The Ebola virus was previously referred to as:

Who are the Yezidis (Yazidis)?

Yezidi boys

We are hearing a lot about the Yezidis (or Yazidis) in northern Iraq and on Mount Sinjar. I'm embarrassed to say that I'd never heard of this group of people!

So who are they? What do they believe? What is their culture like?

Check out these great resources:

Yazidis: Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life

Test your knowledge! Timeliness? Beta? Value Line?

stock market cartoon

Here's some investment humor:  You know you've gone to the wrong stockbroker when you ask him/her to buy 1,000 shares in IBM and he/she asks you how to spell it.

Now that you're relaxed and done laughing, see how you do on the following quiz:

Beta, a measure calculated by Value Line, measures:

Extra! Extra! Denver Business Journal portal at DPL!

Denver Business Journal

Good news for Denver Business Journal readers!! The Denver Public Library has a new online Denver Business Journal portal available from any Denver Public Library location.

The online portal provides access to articles published on an ongoing basis and links to special features like Biz Leads, Court Records, Current Lists, and People on the Move. Additionally, there are links to the digital editions of the weekly print publication as well as the Book of Lists and other special publications.

Test your knowledge! Alcoholic Drinks in the U.S.

Test Your Knowledge

You can learn a lot about something from a market research report or industry profile.  Really!  Take for instance the October 2013 industry profile on "Alcoholic Drinks in the United States."

How well do you know alcoholic drinks in the U.S.?  Take this quiz to find out:

The alcoholic drinks market consists of retail sale of beers, ciders & FABs, spirits and wines.  What are FABs?

GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Quiz

Soccer Goal

This summer, the United States will join the rest of world to celebrate humanity's most popular sporting event, FIFA World Cup, which begins on June 12 and culminates on Sunday, July 13. Held every four years (like the Olympics), World Cup 2014 is hosted in Brazil with matches played in a dozen venues.

If you've never heard a soccer commentator yelling "Gooooooaaaaaalllllll!" check out this example on YouTube.

Test your knowledge!

Test Your Knowledge

Get ready to test your knowledge!  To help with your research, you can try searching the Student Resources In Context and Gale Virtual Reference Library databases (available with a Denver Public Library card).  

Mango Announces New (er, Old) Languages

Mango Languages

To accompany their many modern-day languages, Mango Languages recently announced the release of their Religious and Scholarly Language Collection, which includes Latin, Koine Greek, Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew.

These specialized courses focus on passages from historical books, poems and religious documents, providing insight into the cultures in which the languages were spoken.

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