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Current Issue (Issue 109)

Thought of the Week:- "There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative."
ResearchGuide:- http://researchguide.sourceforge.net/ Free (Open Source, 800 KB). Linux, Sun, Solaris.

Developer: University of Michigan.

Requirements: PHP programming language and MySQL for database management.

Libraries seem to face a common challenge in creating research guides, where they can integrate all the resources; categorize it and made it available for users. ResearchGuide can be used to do the same. It is a content management-like tool for librarians to create subject guides and specialist contact pages. It is a web environment allowing creation and delivery of online subject research guides for academic libraries. Within subject guides, custom categories such as Reference Works, Indexes to Articles and Web Resources can be created to categorize an unlimited number of resources, both print and electronic. Once the information has been entered, users may access the guide as a standard web page. In addition, the system can be used to create specialist contact pages that include contact information for bibliographers as well as a photo (if desired), information on responsibilities, and educational background. Benefits include standard look and feel of guides and centralized management of content. This system aims to make things easier by providing a web-based interface for creating and updating guides, and a standard look and feel across all guides. ResearchGuide also creates information pages about librarians who maintain the guides.

How It Works: There are two levels of users: specialists and site administrators. Specialists have a lower level of authority. They can modify guides for which they are the designated author (assigned by a site administrator). A site administrator can add, change, or delete any guides. All data is stored in a database. A web interface is used to enter and update the data. When library patrons look at a subject guide or a page about a subject specialist, these pages are dynamically created. PHP runs database queries and inserts the results of those queries into HTML pages which it then serves up to the browser.

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Site of the Week:- http://www.taxonomywarehouse.com/

Taxonomy Warehouse is a free Web-Directory of Taxonomies. The Warehouse aims to provide a comprehensive directory of taxonomies, thesauri, classification schemes and other authority files from around the world, plus information about taxonomy references, resources and events.


Tips of the Week:- Select noncontiguous blocks of text in MS WORD.

Many people prefer to use the click-and-drag method to select large blocks of text, but some users may begin to lose control of the mouse if they use this method to select a block of text across two or more screens or document pages. In this case, it is more efficient to click the beginning of a text block, hold down [Shift], and click the end of the text block. Word includes a number of methods for selecting a contiguous block of text, but what if there is a need to select noncontiguous blocks of text? For example, if there is a need to change the font color of every other paragraph in a list to red. Before Word 2002, you would have to select and format each paragraph individually.

Follow these steps in Word 2002 to select noncontiguous blocks of text:

Click and drag to select the first paragraph.

Hold down the [Ctrl] key while you click and drag to select the third paragraph.

Continue to hold down the [Ctrl] key, and select every other paragraph in the remainder of the document.

Release the [Ctrl] key.

Every other paragraph in the list is now selected for formatting.

That's all for this week. See you next week.

Madhuresh Singhal