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British Doctors Prescribe Mood-Boosting Books to Patients

British Doctors Prescribe Mood-Boosting Books to Patients

The value of books and stories realized more and more every day.


Debunking the myth of the digital native as knowing more than the older generation

Blog author debunks the myth of the digital native by running into Russell Kirsch in a coffee shop.  In his article, “An Unexpected Ass Kicking”, blog author Joel Runyon talks with Russell Kirsch, the inventor of the first computer.  Kirsch tells him the impossible is possible, if you think it you can do it.  See Runyon’s post here.

Subject Guides I compiled for Sheridan College Library


This guide is intended to direct students to resources that will aid in studio work as well as resources on art history.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
This subject guide presents resources in various formats for students and faculty of the Tourism and Travel program.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
This guide provides various sources for locating images in various formats.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jul 5, 2012
This subject guide presents resources in various formats for students and faculty of the Advertising program.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jul 23, 2012
Resources in the library to find visual artists’ biographies.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
This guide presents relevant sources of information pertaining to physical anthropology.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 24, 2012
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jul 23, 2012
This guide is intended for use by students participating in the Rhetoric and Composition course.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Jun 23, 2012
This guide is designed to assist ESL students by providing them with resources to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English. It also provides information on English language testing, about Canada, and Citizenship Information.
by Nancy Bertolotti   |  Last Updated Aug 13, 2012
I also compiled a list of image resources that was posted to their website:
Library Services

Guide to locating images

Where to Find Images

DATABASES – Functional Anatomy:  An interactive database that provides animations, visual representations, and descriptions for all parts of the anatomy. – Resistance Training

Art Full Text (EBSCO): For reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Covers folk art, Non-Western Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, and Sculpture, among other subjects.

Art Museum Image Gallery (EBSCO): Drawing on the collections of distinguished museums around the world, the content of Art Museum Image Gallery is rights-cleared for use in educational settings, so they can be employed liberally in class lectures, assignments, and academic presentations.

ArtStor: Offers hundreds of thousands of images from all eras and cultures. Click on the orange “Go” button to begin searching. Enter your search term and double click on any image that interests you in order to enlarge it.

Britannica, Academic EditionClick on “Media Collection”, then click on “Images”.

Canada In Context (Gale):  Click on “Images” above the search box, enter your search term, and click “search”.​

The Canadian Reference Centre (EBSCO): Do a basic search. Type in what you’re looking for (for example, ferns), then limit your search by selecting one of the following: black and white photograph; color photograph; diagram, or; illustration. Double click on the image that looks interesting to you in order to enlarge it.

Cinema Image Gallery (EBSCO):  This unique database features an unparalleled range of pictures, posters, video clips, and other material from around the world of film and television from the late 19th century to the present day.

Credo Reference Provideso access 200,000+ images.  Click on “Image Search” above the search box, enter your search term, and click “search”.

Electric Library (Proquest): Do a Basic Search. Enter your search term and de-select all categories except pictures.

Grove Dictionary of Art Online:  Has images of artistic works including paintings, sculptures, carvings, architecture, and even antiques. Click on “images”, and search through the alphabetical listing or enter your search term and click search. This database is best used to find images of the works of the great masters. Just enter their last name as your search term.

Humanities International Complete : Do a basic search.  You can limit your search to bring back results that include images. You can further limit your results to maps, colour or black and white photos, diagrams etc.

Our Ontario Discovery Portal Find historical photographs by click on the word “image” to the right of the banner, enter your search term, and click the green arrow to search.

The above databases can also be searched from home if you know your username and password.  Our staff would be happy to assist you in your search.  Come into the library, ask us via chat from the main page of the website, or phone us at 905-845-9430 ext. 2488.

Art and Image Resources on the Web

Many of the websites listed below allow the use of images in student work or for educational instruction.  Please refer to their Terms of Use when visiting the sites and always remember to cite your sources.  Information on various citation styles is available in the library.

In addition to the above resources we also have an image file with magazine clippings, several different magazines, and an extensive collection of art books that you can check out or look at in the library.  If you have any questions, we’re here to help!

Compiled by Nancy Bertolotti, updated in June, 2012.

Strategy and competition: the Porter Report

The Harvard Business School has graciously shared with the internet community the insights of their Institute for Strategy and Competition led by Michael Porter.  Here you can find links to publications and presentations, competition and firm strategy, economic development, and society.  This is a valuable resource that any business student would benefit from reviewing.

Why My Library Matters to Me

The Toronto Public Library is running a contest called “Why My Library Matters to Me” as one way of encouraging people to speak out about the role of public libraries in their lives and give them an opportunity to do their part to help save TPL from funding cutbacks.  Enter the contest to win lunch with one of Toronto’s most celebrated authors.   You can get more information from their site at:

Good luck!

IConference 2012 coming to U of T!

And while we’re on the subject of films…

Here is an excellent blog on films:

– some titles worth looking into here.

TV Ontario archives go online

The TV Ontario archives are going online.  This is great news for those interested in film and arts history.  Here is the link to the Globe & Mail article

Here is the link to the site itself:


Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University, Philadelphia has written the following inspirational article on branding oneself as a professional librarian:

In it Bell discusses “the importance of starting out by first developing a personal understanding of what you believe in and what you value. All your actions and messages must emerge from those core beliefs, and they must be consistent.”  You need “guiding principles shaped by strong internal values” in order to have a clear and consistent message.    He refers to Simon Sinek’s book Start with Why.    “The WHY is simply what you believe and what drives your message. That’s the core, and everything follows from there.”

I found this article extremely thought provoking.  Why do I do the things I do?

I believe everyone should have access to information regardless of age, class, gender, faith, or whatever.  Having access to information is the great leveler – with it people from all walks of life are able to help themselves  be the best they can be.  Access to information enables people to train themselves, whether they have a formal education or not.

I believe the librarian’s role is to facilitate an individual’s ‘independent’ learning.


I believe librarians need to reach out to those who may not independently come to the library.   I suspect there are many people who just don’t realize what the library can do for them.

I am not really sure how these thoughts will translate into branding myself and I’m not really sure we should be “branding” ourselves (human beings are complex), but I think musing over what my core beliefs are with regard to librarianship has been a useful exercise nonetheless.

Library Journal writes on Graphic Novels

This recently released article on books for librarians about graphic novels also includes an interview with the authors.  Many graphic novels worth “looking into” are mentioned in the article itself.