Thursday, October 30, 2014

Website of the Week

College Reviews: Student Reviews

As many students begin to research transfer opportunities, this is a fun and helpful resource that offers a different perspective of daily life on college and university campuses.

 In addition to providing ratings and rankings, this site gives candid student perspectives of the social aspects of more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States. Entries include classes, administration, drug and alcohol use, campus news article clips, top earning majors, and tips for succeeding. Students rate their schools so that potential transfer students get a more in-depth perspective of the true climate of the campuses.

Review by Tanya Carr, SWC Librarian

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Check It Out

Japanese-American internment during World War II
by Peggy Daniels Becker
Detroit, MI : Omnigraphics, c2014.

New Books Shelf: D769.8.A6 B43 2014

New Books may be checked out for four weeks with your SWC photo ID card.

Less than 48 hours after the Pearl Harbor bombing, the federal government began rounding up Japanese immigrants for questioning. The attack on Pearl Harbor signaled the beginning of a four-year period of turmoil, disruption, chaos, and fear for people of Japanese descent living in America. Within a few months of the Pearl Harbor attack, the U.S. government imposed a mandatory evacuation from the Pacific Coast of all people with Japanese ancestry. All Japanese immigrants and their children—including those who held U.S. citizenship—were relocated from their homes and forced into remote, jail-like facilities called internment camps scattered across the country. As they entered these bleak camps, many wondered if they would ever be accepted as Americans—or if they would ever see freedom again.

Defining Moments: Japanese-American Internment during World War II provides a detailed and authoritative overview of internment, one of the most controversial aspects of America’s otherwise triumphant intervention in World War II. The volume explains how the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to the evacuation and internment of Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans; summarizes evacuation and internment procedures; details living conditions in the camps; discusses the economic, emotional, and physical toll of internment on Japanese-American families and communities; and ponders the legacy of internment on American society.

The volume is organized into three distinct sections—Narrative Overview, Biographies, and Primary Sources—which offer a one-stop resource for student research.

Summary from publisher website

Monday, October 27, 2014

Newspapers, TV, Radio -- All in One Place

Database of the Week: Newspaper Source Plus,
a library database from EBSCOhost.

This database is free for currently-enrolled SWC students.

Newspaper Source Plus provides more than 1,000 full-text newspapers, providing more than 38 million full-text articles from the U.S. and around the world. It features nearly 913,000 television and radio news transcripts, including: ABC News, CBS News, CNBC, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, PBS, and more. This database is updated daily.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Website of the Week

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Interactive Exhibits

The home page of this website is overflowing with information. Frankly, a bit overwhelming. Meanwhile, I stumbled upon this Interactive Exhibits page and decided it was worth a mention. It's interesting, educational, and fun to use. In addition, it includes a bunch of primary sources.

The page is split up into 10 interactive web exhibits, so even this one page gives you a lot of different directions you can go. Keep it simple and try one or two. For example, take a look at what was going on in the world with the JFK interactive timeline or check out "World on the Brink" for a look and listen to documents and audio from 13 days in October 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

For a look inside the Oval Office check out "The President's Desk." From behind the desk you will see a number of clickable glowing items of interest. These include family photographs, presidential correspondence, various sound recordings, the White House diary, knick knacks, JFK campaign films and other campaign materials, and much more. I'd suggest using sound if possible. If you like history or remember these events prepare to lose some time exploring!

Review by Nate Martin, SWC Librarian

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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The Public School Advantage : Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools
by Christopher A. Lubienski and Sarah Thuele Lubienski.
The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
New Book Shelf: LB1556.5 .L93 2014
Available for 4 week check out with your SWC photo ID card.

Nearly the whole of America’s partisan politics centers on a single question: Can markets solve our social problems? And for years this question has played out ferociously in the debates about how we should educate our children. From the growth of vouchers and charter schools to the implementation of No Child Left Behind, policy makers have increasingly turned to market-based models to help improve our schools, believing that private institutions—because they are competitively driven—are better than public ones. With The Public School Advantage, Christopher A. and Sarah Theule Lubienski offer powerful evidence to undercut this belief, showing that public schools in fact outperform private ones.

For decades research showing that students at private schools perform better than students at public ones has been used to promote the benefits of the private sector in education, including vouchers and charter schools—but much of these data are now nearly half a century old. Drawing on two recent, large-scale, and nationally representative databases, the Lubienskis show that any benefit seen in private school performance now is more than explained by demographics. Private schools have higher scores not because they are better institutions but because their students largely come from more privileged backgrounds that offer greater educational support. After correcting for demographics, the Lubienskis go on to show that gains in student achievement at public schools are at least as great and often greater than those at private ones. Even more surprising, they show that the very mechanism that market-based reformers champion—autonomy—may be the crucial factor that prevents private schools from performing better. Alternatively, those practices that these reformers castigate, such as teacher certification and professional reforms of curriculum and instruction, turn out to have a significant effect on school improvement.

Despite our politics, we all agree on the fundamental fact: education deserves our utmost care. The Public School Advantage offers exactly that. By examining schools within the diversity of populations in which they actually operate, it provides not ideologies but facts. And the facts say it clearly: education is better off when provided for the public by the public.

Summary from publisher's website.