Maps & Biographies in Reference Work


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A presentation I completed with two partners in my Reference/Information Services class at Simmons College's graduate school of library and information science. I created Slides 9 through 14, covering the maps portion.

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Maps & Biographies in Reference Work

  1. 1. Teach you about Maps and Biographies, I will
  3. 3. Not Everyone has the benefit of Elaborate Wallpaper. That burn mark is me!
  4. 4. Important Points: Don't Be Frightened, We're here to help.
  5. 5. Biographies: Who’s Who! <ul><li>- According to Oxford’s Dictionary, a biography is an account of someone's life written by someone else. </li></ul><ul><li>- We go to biographies for numerous questions like a person’s age, their birthdates, where they lived and what they did. </li></ul><ul><li>- There are numerous ways in locating the biographical information on certain people whether it be online or through texts. </li></ul><ul><li>- Reference Biographies vs. Textual Biographies </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reference Biography <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Many available search options </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of Biographies available on all sorts of people. </li></ul><ul><li>Providing up to date statistics like age, historical moments, fun facts, video clips and where they are now. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>- Easy to navigate search engine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Free to students whose colleges subscribe (Simmons does) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Search specific topics like African American Biographies or Women’s History Month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Great options like listening devices and fun quizzes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>|K2407000002&mode=view </li></ul></ul>The Gale Biography in Context
  8. 8. <ul><li>An obituary is a great source of important information from someone's life. </li></ul><ul><li>Databases online as well as newspapers give access to all current and many past obituaries. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Obituaries- Some People Die for Publicity
  9. 9. MAPS: You Are Here <ul><li>Answers the “where” question </li></ul><ul><li>Physical or human geography </li></ul><ul><li>Produced by government or private companies </li></ul>
  10. 10. Types of Map Resources <ul><li>Atlases </li></ul><ul><li>Gazetteers </li></ul><ul><li>Geographical Dictionaries </li></ul><ul><li>Travel Guides </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Government Maps </li></ul><ul><li>GIS sources </li></ul>
  11. 11. Examples of Map Resources <ul><li>Atlases: National Geographic Atlas of the World </li></ul><ul><li>Gazetteers: Columbia Gazetteer of the World </li></ul><ul><li>Geographical Dictionaries: Merriam-Webster’s Geographical Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Travel Guides: Lonely Planet and Rough Guides </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Government Maps: Census ( </li></ul><ul><li>GIS Sources: USGS and EPA’s EnviroMapper </li></ul>
  12. 12. Fleeing Katrina <ul><li>This map, published shortly after the disaster in 2002, shows the escape routes Louisianans took in order to escape the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. </li></ul><ul><li>Map courtesy of the New York Times </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Oil Spill and You <ul><li>Visualizing the BP Oil Spill </li></ul>
  14. 14. Keeping Up Quality <ul><li>Currency and Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Legibility </li></ul><ul><li>Scale and Projection </li></ul><ul><li>Color and Symbols </li></ul><ul><li>Format and Index </li></ul><ul><li>Price </li></ul>
  15. 15. Narrative of the life of James Allen, The Highway Man <ul><li>&quot;Narrative of the life of James Allen, alias George Walton, alias Jonas Pierce, alias James H. York, alias Burley Grove, the highwayman. Being his death-bed confession, to the warden of the Massachusetts state prison“ </li></ul><ul><li>Bound in his own skin. </li></ul><ul><li>For More information and Full Text Translation go here: </li></ul>