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Books 24×7 – More than just books!

Books 24×7 is an online collection of books and videos tailored for use in the subjects of business, information technology, and engineering, as well as books that address healthy living and well-being, which are useful regardless of your field of study. Whether you’re looking for business management techniques, a coding guide for software design, or information about how civil engineers design with earthquakes in mind, Books 24×7 has a book with the information you need.

In addition to hosting ebooks, Books 24×7 provides convenient tools to help you manage the information you’ve found. With the option to place digital bookmarks, generate notes that are tied to a location in the book, and create folders to help you group texts you’ve used into various categories, Books 24×7 lets you manage your information and easily access it from anywhere.

On the business portion of the database, SkillSoft, the company behind Books 24×7, also hosts both live and archived webinars on various business-related topics, all of which can be accessed through the Books 24×7 main page.

Books 24×7’s video collection contains useful videos that cover a range of computer programs, such as the Microsoft Office Suite and Quickbooks, and the IT and Technical Video Collection contains hundreds of videos that guide the viewer through various systems with helpful audio-visual information. Make sure to browse through the Books 24×7 collection today! (by Library Clerk, David Winn)

Living with Star Trek American culture and the Star Trek universe / Lincoln Geraghty

Online Book Collection

This book is a welcome and original contribution to the world of ‘Star Trek.’ The book not only sets ‘Star Trek’ in dialogue with ideas and stories of utopia, community, self-improvement, that are central to American culture and history, but goes further to examine the complex ways in which these are taken up and used by ‘ordinary’ fans, who engage with ‘Star Trek’ in complex and significant ways. Lincoln Geraghty explores, for example, ‘Star Trek’s multiple histories and how ‘Star Trek’ and the American Jeremiad, one of the nation’s foundational texts, refer back to the past to prophesy a better future. He reveals how fans define the series as a blueprint for the solution of such social problems in America as racism and war and shows how they have used the series to cope with personal trauma and such characters as Data and Seven of Nine in moments of personal transformation. This is all in all a revelatory and original book on ‘Star Trek’ as both TV and cinema. (From B&N)

Working on Mars voyages of scientific discovery with the Mars exploration rovers / William J. Clancey

Online Books Collection

Geologists in the field climb hills and hang onto craggy outcrops; they put their fingers in sand and scratch, smell, and even taste rocks. Beginning in 2004, however, a team of geologists and other planetary scientists did field science in a dark room in Pasadena, exploring Mars from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) by means of the remotely operated Mars Exploration Rovers (MER). Clustered around monitors, living on Mars time, painstakingly plotting each movement of the rovers and their tools, sensors, and cameras, these scientists reported that they felt as if they were on Mars themselves, doing field science. The MER created a virtual experience of being on Mars. In this book, William Clancey examines how the MER has changed the nature of planetary field science. Drawing on his extensive observations of scientists in the field and at the JPL, Clancey investigates how the design of the rover mission enables field science on Mars,explaining how the scientists and rover engineers manipulate the vehicle and why the programmable tools and analytic instruments work so well for them. He shows how the scientists felt not as if they were issuing commands to a machine but rather as if they were working on the red planet, riding together in the rover on a voyage of discovery. (From B&N)

Database Updates

Books 24X7 has added over 100 new titles in its IT and Business areas. If you haven’t used Books 24X7 before, register (for free) and see what it has to offer.

LexisNexis Academic is simplifying it’s interface, starting December 23rd. “Just type search terms into LexisNexis Academic’s simplified, single-search box for a complete set of results sorted by relevance and date… More enhancements include streamlined navigation for more intuitive, user-friendly research and improved advanced search options for more sophisticated queries.” Click here for a preview.

Mango Languages recently added videos to it’s language-learning platform. Next month it will add course placement tests, and a new interface.