Archive for March, 2007

The Results Are In…

March 20, 2007

The results are in and you can compare your IQ to that of your fellow Canadians!

Visit the Test the Nation website to see the results of the online IQ test completed by over 11,000 Canadians.

At an IQ of 111 it looks as though I fit in perfectly with the rest of the female, soccer-watching, right-handed, wine-drinking, Albertan Virgos. What about you?

Tune In to Test Your IQ

March 16, 2007

What are you doing Sunday night?

Why not find out how smart you really are?

On Sunday, March 18, CBC will host a 2-hour, live and interactive National IQ test called Test the Nation.

You can do the test yourself online or you can print off the paper version. You can also follow the competition between the 6 teams that will be tested on the show. The 6 teams of 36 include:

  • Mayors (including Red Deer’s own Morris Flewwelling)
  • Tattoo artists
  • Millionaires
  • Fitness instructors
  • Radio DJs
  • Surgeons

Librarians were barred from participating because contest organizers knew we would beat everybody else (ha!ha!).

Here are some fun facts from the Test the Nation website that may whet your appetite for the competition:


New! 5 More Journals Added to Project Muse

March 15, 2007

Faculty and students at RDC now have full-text access to 5 new journals via RDC’s subscription to the Project Muse database.

The following 5 journals were added to Project Muse in January & February:

  • French Studies: A Quarterly Review
  • English Literature in Transition, 1880 – 1920
  • Episteme: A Journal of Social Epistemology
  • Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action
  • Education and Treatment of Children

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Project Muse database, you can learn more about it by visiting their website.

Project Muse is accessible via the Articles Section of the library website.

Censorship Lives…

March 14, 2007

In light of the recent, sold-out performance of “The Vagina Monologues” here in Red Deer, this CBC news story is particularly timely.

Follow this link to find out more about the play and the V-Day organization.

New E-Books!

March 14, 2007

If you like reading e-books, then your day just got a bit better.

The Humanities E-Book (HEB) Collection has just added 138 new titles – including 66 Women’s Studies books. This means that RDC students and faculty now have access to 1507 titles via the HEB Collection.

All titles in the HEB Collection are chosen by scholars based on their importance to teaching and research. For more information on the project and new titles, you can read their newsletter.

That’s One Way To Get Into Med School…

March 11, 2007

It turns out that it is not just papers that are being plagiarised from the web.

Follow this link to read about how hundreds of Medical School applicants in the UK were caught “cheating” on their applications.

The Case of the Fraudulent Editor

March 8, 2007

Here is an interesting story that you can share with your students when they ask why they can’t cite Wikipedia in their papers!

We’re Not the Only Ones

March 8, 2007

Here is an article that may express some of your own frustrations regarding the quality of student research in the age of Google.

This is also a good time to remind you that you can bring your students to the library for an introductory or refresher class in information literacy at any point throughout the semester. (more…)

BookCrossing: Free a Book!

March 2, 2007

Freedom to Read Week: Part 5

Here is something easy that anyone can do to promote intellectual freedom and the freedom to read…

The Freedom of Expression Committee invites you to: “release challenged books all across Canada — on park benches, in coffee shops and in schools — as a way to mimic how challenged books are passed around, and to spread the word about challenged and banned books in Canada.”

For more information on how to “Free a Challenged Book” you can visit the Freedom to Read website.

Shut Up and Sing

March 1, 2007

Freedom to Read Week: Part 4 

Most of you will have heard about the Dixie Chicks’ plummet in popularity after the lead singer made a disparaging remark about George Bush. But did you know that disgruntled fans launched protests, publicly disposed of their Dixie Chicks’ CDs and sent death threats to the band?

You can learn all about it in the new documentary “The Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing“. This documentary had its world premier at a Gala presentation at Toronto film festival in September and it received excellent reviews. You can view a trailer for the film at:

If you need a refresher on the controversy you can read about it on the Dixie Chicks’ website.