Author Archives: Matthew Colbert

Legislative History LibGuide

Legislative HistoryOn January 20, 2017, the United States of America swore a new president into office to lead the executive branch of its government.  With a new president from a different party than the previous, a brand new legislative agenda will be pursued on Capitol Hill.  A few weeks ago we witnessed a big dust up in Congress over how to replace the Affordable Care Act, a major legislative achievement for the former administration which the current administration would like to see changed drastically.  To access the history of the legislative measures the United States has debated since its founding, the best place to look is the LibGuide “Legislative History.” Continue reading

US Newsstream

US NewsstreamWhen working on topical research projects, you want the most up to date information from the most respected news agencies.  If you find yourself struggling to find exactly what you need, try using the database, US Newsstream. Continue reading

Statista

StatistaSearching for resources needing to complete a research paper can be tricky. One helpful resource that is often neglected during the research process is statistics.  To acquire relevant statistics in order to improve a research project, check out the database Statista. Continue reading

Star Wars Turns 40

Star Wars posterDid you know It’s been forty years since Star Wars premiered in May 1977.  It is the first film in perhaps the greatest cinematic franchise in history.  Most people would then make the assumption that its premiere was highly anticipated with wild fervor sweeping across the country.  Did you know that actual number of theaters showing the movie on opening day was fewer than 32? Continue reading

The 2nd Shift Librarian

2nd Shift LibrarianFor many of us in the work force today to get full employment we have to have to work a shift that is not the traditional standby of 8-5 that dominates the work cycle. Some of us have to work a job that begins in the early afternoon and ends before midnight. For librarians we call those professionals 2nd Shift Librarians. Continue reading

Saint Patrick’s Day

St. Patricks DayOne day each year the city of Chicago dyes the Chicago River green, what would possess the citizens of the Windy City to dye their river green? Saint Patrick’s Day of course!  It’s not just a river, pubs and bars in the United States and The Emerald Isle will be serving green beer, signs and shirts reading “Kiss me I’m Irish” will be in abundance, and anyone not wearing green is libel to get pinched.  The question here is who was Saint Patrick and why do we spend every March 17 enjoying all thing dyed green? Continue reading

New Tutorials

tutorials2016 saw the debut of Bellevue University Library’s brand new, up to date website. A decision was made that all of our current database tutorials should reflect this change and that new tutorials should be created.  After studying three years of data concerning tutorial usage, a list was created to help us decide which tutorials should be created first. Continue reading