Weekly Tips & Tricks – Private Browsing

Welcome back to another edition of the Sullivan Library’s weekly tips & tricks. This week we have a short post on private browsing.

Private browsing is a great tool as it does not store cookies, data, history, or passwords. When leaving a website or closing out a window, the next person to use the computer will not have access to your accounts or stored information. You will not have to select “never save password” or log out of the computer because once you close the private window, the session is ended.

Here in the Library we encourage you to use either Firefox or Google Chrome. Getting into private browsing is very simple. For Chrome, as shown in the picture below, simply click the three dots in the top right and in the drop down menu click new incognito window. For Firefox you click the three horizontal lines and click new private window.


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Alzheimers.gov, a new website from NIH

The US government opened a new website yesterday (alzheimers.gov) which aims to answer questions like: What are the treatment options? What does insurance pay for? Where can I go for help?

This website is part of the Obama administration’s first National Alzheimer’s Plan (.pdf) to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s by 2025. Some of the research that the National Institutes of Health is looking at includes an insulin spray therapy which is squirted into the nose, and a study targeting amyloid, the “brain plaque” that appears in Alzheimer’s cases.

You can also visit the NIH’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Education Referral Center for information on locating nearby clinical trials, research centers, and more.

Upcoming Workshop

Website Evaluation @ Sullivan Library

Come see how to quickly determine whether the web site you found is useful and appropriate for your academic research by learning a set of easy identifiers to look for. This workshop also explains which internet resources you should visit first when trying to find authoritative websites.

Monday, October 3 from 3:45 to 4:45PM

Register today! http://tinyurl.com/WorkshopsOct2011



Khan Academy: Videos for Visual Learners

Are you a visual learner?

Are you studying to become a teacher?

Khan Academy is a website which currently has over 2,400 videos and 125 practice exercises in fields such as developmental math, arithmetic, algebra, calculus, history, sciences, physics, chemistry, finance, and more. They are a non-profit organization backed by Bill Gates with the motto of “providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere”. All you need is an Internet connection! Read more about the Khan Academy.

Students who are studying the material receive:

1) a self-paced learning tool

2) a dynamic help system

3) badges to see their own progress

Teachers receive:

1) individual student reports

2) class reports

It is also available on iTunes and Android.


Google+ = Google Plus You

What is Google+? Also known as “Google Plus”, Google+ is a social networking site that is designed to help others connect with others, easily share information from across the web (via the +1 button you see at the bottom of this blog post), and manage their online identity.

When is Google+ out of beta testing? Rumor has it that the site will be out of beta testing by July 31; that date is when all private Google+ profiles will be deleted.

What features does Google+ have?

Circles: These are the “groups” you put the people you want to follow in. It comes with some defaults — family, friends, acquaintances, followers, and allows you to make your own. Two things of note: 1) Others can see that you put them in *a* circle, but not which circle. 2) You can put people into more than one circle — helpful if you consider someone both a friend and a gaming buddy.

Circles makes you think about who you want to post your status updates to. The process of picking which circles to post to is quite easy. Spending a few minutes deciding who goes in what circle (and creating circles unique to you) will be helpful in the long run.

Hangouts: This feature (group video chat)  is the most widely toted of Google+, and perhaps why Facebook issued a press release stating that they would now have video chat in Facebook, via Skypealthough Facebook chat is between one other person only, currently.

Huddle: A group instant messaging system that makes it easier to plan for get-togethers in real time as a group.

Sparks: This is a feature which allows you to find other items that you are interested in, across the Web.

Note: this is not a search engine to find other Google+ users based on the interests they state. However, try: http://gplussearch.com/.

Stream: This is where you will see the status updates of the people in your circles. You can choose to see all status updates (by default) or to see the stream of only one circle at a time.

+1: Click these +1 buttons to show approval of a post or to share it to your circles. For example, the Sullivan Library blog posts have this button, viewable if you view the post on its own single page.

Useful posts regarding Google+:

Google+ Guide: What it is and how to use it [Julia Hatmaker, The Patriot-News, PA]

Google Plus; an overview [Phil Bradley’s Weblog]

Searching on Google Plus for Librarians [Phil Bradley’s Weblog]

25 Google+ Tips to Enhance Your Google Plus Experience [webtrickz.com]

And one edited-in-real-time guide:

Google Docs: a collaborative document (or how 120+ people wrote a book at the same time) preview link

The “Creative Uses for Circles” section is especially recommended, within the greater Tips section. Be warned, it might take a few minutes to load depending on how many people are viewing/editing it.

Free Books Online (and free audio books!)

Over at Gizmo’s Freeware site, user mr6n8 has compiled a list of websites to visit if you are looking for free electronic books.

Some of the genres include: Biography/Autobiography/Memoir || Business || Children’s || Comic Books || Computer & Internet || History || Horror/Ghost/Gothic || Mystery || Romance || Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

If you are looking for audio books, they have also compiled a list of free audio books (scroll down to the alphabetical listing).


National Jukebox, Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has unveiled the National Jukebox. Historical sound recordings have been made available to the public – FREE of charge! Currently, at launch the jukebox contains over 10,000 acoustical recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine company between 1901 and 1925.

National Jukebox homepage
“About” page
Instructions for making a jukebox playlist
Featured jukebox playlists