E-Tools You Can Use

A recent article in the Library Journal, cited below, has informed and inspired this post highlighting several useful e-tools.

C-SPAN Video Library

Do you want to see what the president said yesterday?  What about what the speaker of the house had to say about your pet issue?  The C-SPAN Video Library is the best place to begin searching for such content.  From the site: “…a way to archive and index the thousands of hours of congressional coverage produced by the network every year. The project quickly became one of the most comprehensive video archives of governmental and political content…”

Docteur Tweety

This site does charge a small fee, but it is useful to keep up with how your tweets are performing.

European Language Social Science Thesaurus

This site bills itself as “a broad-based, multilingual thesaurus for the social sciences” and is useful for those who do business within the European Union.

Google Translate Offline Capabilities

You can use Translate even when you’re offline, by taking a picture of the text in question.

The Internet Broadway Database

From the site:  “…the official database for Broadway theatre information. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today.”  So, it’s like imdb.com, but for theater.

Irish Films Archive

“The IFI Irish Film Archive acquires, preserves and makes available Ireland’s moving image heritage, working to ensure that Ireland’s rich and varied film history, both amateur and professional, is protected and accessible for the benefit of current and future generations. Film reels, digital materials and document collections are held in custom-built, climate-controlled vaults designed for the long- term storage of archival materials.”

Knoema

Knoema is full of helpful data on every country in the world.  “We discover, extract, and normalize data to make it usable through our open data platform. Knoema’s smart search engine moves beyond simple keyword search results to dataset discovery and auto-generated visualization collections to represent your data query.”

NewsNow

This is a UK based site, but you can personalize a free homepage with news from sources you prefer from sources all over the world.

Original article:

Price, Gary, and Henrietta Verma. “E-toolkit redux.” Library Journal, 1 Nov. 2016, p. S18+. Business Collectionhttps://goo.gl/bf4xWQ

 

Streamer

http://nationalatlas.gov/streamer/Streamer/welcome.html

Streamer is a new website from the National Atlas of the United States. This government site allows you to map the water flow of rivers across America. Begin by going to the map. Locate the river you are looking for. Hold the shift key and drag a box around your river area of interest. The map provides the names of rivers in the area. Click on the river and you can see how it goes upstream or downstream. Clicking on the “Trace Report” button shows a summary or detailed report with the latitude, longitude, and elevation of the river. It also includes the total length of the river and what cities it passes by.

Two different maps can be chosen. The base Terrain map, on a white background or the Imagery map, which is on a green background. The Imagery map is more topographical, while the Terrain map is more of a basic map.

gasbuddy.com

www.gasbuddy.com

Gasbuddy.com provides the cheapest gas prices in an area within the past 48 hours. Local gas prices for regular, midgrade, premium, and diesel fuel can be searched by state, city, or zip code. The address of the gas station, along with a map is shown. Other locations in the area are shown for comparison shopping. A trip cost calculator can be used to get the cheapest prices for gas along a trip route. A gas price chart shows the historical price of gas nationally over an eleven year period. Mobile apps are also provided for most cellular phones.

County Health Rankings

http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/

County Health Rankings program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The site ranks county statistics for morbidity and mortality for the United States.

To use the site, a map is available on the beginning page. Click on the state, then county. All the counties in the state are listed, along with their ranking within the state. Click on the compare counties button to get the actual statistical listings for the state and counties. The statistics included are health, social and economic factors, along with physical environment and clinical care. They are listed by percentage and number.

World Guide to Covered Bridges Database

http://www.woodcenter.org/CoveredBridges/queryMain.cfm

The World Guide to Covered Bridges is a database produced by the National Center for Wood Transportation Structures at the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation. The database allows searching by bridge name, state, county, and the year the covered bridge was built. The results include if the bridge is private or if public access is allowed. A satellite view shows the location of the bridge on a map. Whether it is on the National Historic Landmarks list is also displayed, along with other field definitions.

Colleges of Memphis

http://collegesofmemphis.org/

The colleges of Memphis website connects over thirteen universities and colleges that are in the Memphis area.  From this website, you will find directories to student life, on-campus housing, venues the city has to offer, and college admissions.  There is also an insider’s guide with links to all things Memphis such as places to eat, cultural offerings, and local current news.  The purpose of collegesofmemphis.org is to promote Memphis to prospective students.