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Spanish Speaking Countries Travel Log Presentation


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Spanish Speaking Countries Travel Log Presentation

  1. 1. Spanish Speaking Countries Travel Log Presentation-Information Resources and Google Earth<br />Laura Wilson<br />Reference Librarian<br />October 28, 2009<br /><br />
  2. 2. Topics to Cover in Your Presentations<br />Capital location<br />Population<br />Type of economy<br />Type of government<br />Arts and Culture<br />Interesting places to visit<br />History of the country<br />Unique features about the country<br />
  3. 3. Where to start<br />Books<br />There are many books in the Library that offer information about your country<br />Visit the Library’s homepage at <br /><br />Under the “Finding” category, click “Books”<br />This will bring you to our online catalog<br />
  4. 4. Finding Books in the Online Catalog<br />Click “Books”<br />
  5. 5. Finding Books in the Online Catalog<br />Type in a word or words related to your topic<br />Separate two or more words with “AND”<br />
  6. 6. Finding Books in the Online Catalog<br />Your results for books about Spain and art<br />
  7. 7. Recommended Books in Our Library<br />Encyclopedia of Latin American history and culture<br />Ref F 1406 .E53 1996 v.1-5<br />Cultural atlas of Spain and Portugal<br />DP 17 .V56 1994 Folio  <br />Culture and customs of Colombia<br />F 2279 .W55 1999  <br />Encyclopedia of modern Mexico<br />Ref F1234.D364 2002  <br />Puerto Rico past and present : an encyclopedia<br /> Ref F 1954 .F47 1998 <br />South America, Central America, and the Caribbean<br />Ref F 1414.2 .S68 1997 <br />(Information about Costa Rica)<br />
  8. 8. Information Online<br />Print books may not have the most recent information about a country (population, government, economy, etc.)<br />Great for learning about the history, points of interest, culture and arts, etc.<br />There are several resources online where you can access recently published information about your country<br />Population, economy, government, etc.<br />
  9. 9. Information Online<br />Credo Reference<br />A collection on reference books online, hosted by the Library<br />Visit our homepage at <br /><br />Under “Finding”, click on the “A-Z list of databases”<br />Select “Credo Reference”<br />
  10. 10. Information Online<br />
  11. 11. Information Online<br />Type your keyword or words in the search box<br />
  12. 12. Information Online<br />Your results:<br />You can find more specific information by clicking the categories on the left side of the page<br />
  13. 13. Information Online<br />Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia<br />Go to the A-Z List of Databases on our homepage<br />Click on “Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia”<br />
  14. 14. Information Online<br />Enter your keyword in the search box<br />
  15. 15. Information Online<br />Entry on Colombia<br />
  16. 16. Information Online<br />The links on the left are categories of information related to your country<br />
  17. 17. Information Online<br />Websites can be a great source of the most current information<br />Know who wrote the website – was this information written by a reliable author?<br />Look for sites with the domains <br />.edu – usually reliable information, but be certain the site was not written by a student for a class project<br />.gov – usually reliable information<br />.org – may or may not be reliable, read through the site to discover if the author is a legitimate expert<br />
  18. 18. Information Online<br />Recommended websites:<br />CIA World Factbook<br /><br />Updated bi-weekly, published by the CIA<br />BBC Country Profiles <br /><br />Recent updates, published by the BBC<br />
  19. 19. Google Earth<br />Add something fun and different to your presentation <br />Take a virtual tour of your country with Google Earth<br />Points of interest<br />Landmarks<br />Cities<br />Videos related to your country<br />More!<br />
  20. 20. Google Earth<br />What is Google Earth?<br />Free* (!) software program <br />Download from the internet at:<br /><br />There are computers that have Google Earth installed in the Library. <br />Near the Reference Desk<br />
  21. 21. Google Earth<br />How does it work?<br />The software displays aerial photos and satellite images of the Earth’s surface<br />Varying degrees of detail<br />More popular areas have better quality images<br />United States and Europe generally have best images<br />Images range in currency<br />3 months – 5 years ago (not live images)<br />
  22. 22. Google Earth<br />Getting Started<br />After you have downloaded the software, a Google Earth icon will be installed on your desktop.<br />Google Earth icon.<br />Click me!<br />
  23. 23. Google Earth<br />This is your starting point<br />Type address, location name, or latitude / longitude co-oridnates<br />
  24. 24. Google Earth<br />
  25. 25. Google Earth<br />Use your mouse wheel to get a closer look<br />
  26. 26. Google Earth<br />
  27. 27. Google Earth<br />Notice the “Layers” feature:<br />
  28. 28. Google Earth<br />Layers display different types of interesting geographic content<br />For example:<br />National Geographic Magazine layer: displays images and stories related to the area from NatGeo.<br />Panoramio layer: displays beautiful and interesting images related to the area.<br />YouTube layer: displays videos related to the area*<br />Wikipedia layer: displays articles about the area<br />3D Buildings – virtual models of actual buildings<br />Many more layers to explore!<br />
  29. 29. Google Earth<br />If you have any questions about this project, or any project for any class, please contact a Reference Librarian<br />See us in person at Reference Desk in the Library <br />Phone: 508-626-4654<br />Email:<br />IM : fscrefdesk<br />Text message: 1-309-222-7740<br />Include code “FSC” in your message<br />