Monday, October 25, 2010

"Sites and Photos": Images of archaeological and architectural Sites

Palomar students and faculty may now view over 90,000 images in ARTstor of ancient sites and in-situ art provided by archeologist and photographer Shmuel (Samuel) Magal and the stock media company, Sites & Photos. The photos and detailed data capture Classical, Megalithic, Islamic, Crusader, and Gothic archaeology and architecture primarily from religious and biblical locations in Israel, Jordan, Tunisia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Malta, and Cyprus. The collection also includes pictures of Greek and Roman painting, sculpture, mosaics, and decorative arts. Click here for more information.

Access images by clicking the above link, or go to the Library’s database web page where you'll find more information about this and other databases (Palomar college e-services or network login required off-campus). For more information, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Collection Management/Subscriptions Librarian.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Free AND Useful Research Tool on the Web: Wolfram|Alpha

WolframAlpha is a free and open computational knowledge engine that retrieves factual information on just about anything you can think of. Enter a math formula, and get the solution as well as a proof. Input a unit of measurement, and get all conversion possiblities. Ask about a city, and learn the population, unemployment rate, cost of living, etc. It covers everything from mathematics, physics, dates and times, sports, units of measure, history, linquistics - if you can think of it, you can probably find it. According to its FAQ, it contains trillions of pieces of data and growing!

WolframAlpha pulls its information from external sources, as well as an internal knowledge base of data derived from official public and private websites and other primary sources, compiled and organized by WolframAlpha folks. A "Source information" button at the bottom of results pages provides sources and references to data retrieved. Check the site FAQ for more information about the site and its content. Click the link above to begin filling your knowledge base!

Intelecom Update: New Video Player Released

Intelecom video clip database has installed an upgraded video player, with faster load times and improved stability. You will automatically see and use this new player when you select a clip in the database and click the "URL" button to play it. However, if you previously inserted a clip into a Blackboard site, webpage, etc., using the database "Embed" button, you must re-embed the clip into your page in order to view it in the new video player.

Intelecom has announced that it will continue to keep the old player active, but it will no longer support (e.g., within new browsers) or troubleshoot it.

If you have any problems or questions, please contact the Library or Intelecom technical support at

Intelecom may be accessed by clicking the link above or on the Library database web page (Palomar College e-services or network login required off-campus). For more information, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Collection Management/Subscriptions Librarian