Author Archives: Karen Kronenberg, J.D. MLS

Enjoy the Discovery of New Library Materials

Hello everyone!

It’s time to enjoy the Discovery of new Library materials!

To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received in November 2012, click Continue reading below. Most of the items listed there can be found in the General Collection and checked out for up to three weeks by members of the Coastal Community.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Library & Technology Center or contact the Reference Librarians via email, telephone (904.680.7612), or the Ask a Librarian form.

Check back here for monthly updates on what the Library & Technology Center is adding. Updates will be published on the second Tuesday of every month.

If you think we should consider adding something to the collection, please feel free to recommend it here (Coastal ID login required).

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Exam Day Jitters

What is the best way to deal with exam jitters?

Google, Bing, Duck Duck Go, Ask.com, and other sources will give you common wisdom and anecdotes about various techniques that have worked for other test takers. These may work for you.

But what if you want some no-nonsense, scientifically reliable, double-blind-tested techniques? If so, the best way to find them is to start by carefully selecting a source that contains that kind of material. You may have to try several sources until you find a good one.

I knew I wanted to find an article that contained carefully researched methods of dealing with test-day jitters. I was not interested in studies that simply measured anxiety levels. I wanted articles that would give me reliable advice. I settled on ProQuest eLibrary. I knew this source contained a range of newspapers and magazines that could have articles describing how to deal with exam jitters that would be properly sourced. I found the following tips from Sue Shellenbarger, Toughest Exam Question: What is the Best Way to Study?, WALL ST. J. ONLINE, Oct. 26, 2011. See more tips from this article in the Library display case on the 3rd floor:

  • If you are taking the exam in an unfamiliar place, visit the room in advance.
  • Set aside 10 minutes beforehand to write down your worries.
  • Envision yourself in a situation you find challenging and invigorating. Then switch your mental image to the testing room and imagine yourself feeling the same way. With practice, you’ll be able to summon up more confidence on test day.

Controversy divides the nation: Is it better to salt or to brine your Thanksgiving turkey?

There is a controversy in our nation that goes to the very heart of what it means to celebrate Thanksgiving – is salting (also known as a dry brine) the best way to prepare your Thanksgiving bird? Or does soaking the turkey in a wet brine yield the best results?

Researching this issue is easy in one important way – the researcher is very unlikely to find material with a hidden agenda. There are no forces of “Big Brine,” abroad in the land, posting misleading websites on “objective” studies of the salting vs. brining variety. Any material found in a simple internet search is likely to be the honest opinion of cooks.

Here is a link to a set of search results from Dogpile, a metasearch engine. Here you will find many links to sites that examine this important questions and come to a conclusion. However, they do not come to the same conclusion. The controversy rages on.

What to do this weekend.

Welcome everyone! We hope your first week of school was a good one. If you need to unwind a bit this weekend, try A Walk in the Woods at the Jacksonville Arboretum on Saturday. There are two walks: one focused on fitness, beginning at 8:00 am, and one nature-oriented, beginning at 9:30. Both are fun and informative. Both are free and open to the public. See the link for details.

More of an indoor person? The Florida Theatre will be showing Some Like is Hot Sunday at 2:00 pm. This Oscar and Golden Globe winning film is considered an all-time classic. Take a break at see it in a theater. See this Florida Theatre link for location and time – only $7.50!

New Library Resources – Martians Love Books! – July 2012 Edition

Hello everyone, and welcome to another exciting edition of “New Library Resources.” The Curiosity Lander may find these guys any day now – and they love books!

To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received in July 2012, click Continue reading below. Most of the items listed there can be found in the General Collection and checked out for up to three weeks by members of the Coastal Community.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Library & Technology Center or contact the Reference Librarians via email, telephone (904.680.7612), or the Ask a Librarian form.

Check back here for monthly updates on what is being added to the Library & Technology Center collection. Updates will be published on the second Tuesday of every month.

If you think we should consider adding something to the collection, please feel free to recommend it here (Coastal ID login required).

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Did You Think the Mandate in the Affordable Care Act was Struck Down?

On the morning of June 28, 2012, many people were watching Fox or CNN to learn how the U.S. Supreme Court would rule on the Affordable Care Act. If you were one of these people, you could very well have believed, at least for a little while, that the mandate had been struck down. Jon Stewart does his usual priceless job of describing the confusion here.

One source that got it right the first time was SCOTUSblog. Read this fascinating and suspenseful blow-by-blow description of exactly what happened that morning, what went wrong, what went right, and why. One interesting detail was the Supreme Court’s decision not to email the decision to anyone, but to rely solely on its website for distribution – which promptly crashed.

Tom Goldstein, We’re getting wildly differing assessments, SCOTUSblog (Jul. 7, 2012, 10:04 PM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2012/07/were-getting-wildly-differing-assessments/

 

Lawyers answer law student questions.

The latest issue of the ABA Student Lawyer has lawyers answers to common student questions. A 1L student wanted to know which classes to take. Legal Research and Writing courses got the highest recommendation, with Skill courses coming in second. A 2L student asked about how to network, and got some great advice. And another student asked if it is realistic to hang a shingle right out of law school. Read the article for all of the questions and answers – one of the students may have asked your question! Ask Us Anything: Lawyers Answer Your Toughest Questions by G.M. Filisko.

P.S. This post isn’t as whimsical as we usually are on Wednesday, but it is important.

Things to do this weekend.

Need a stress-buster this weekend? Try the fourth annual MuckRuckus (f/k/a the Mud Run). Either 5k or 10k, your $60.00 entry fee will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Check here for more information: Multiple Sclerosis Society MuckRuckus

If you would rather forget your troubles from a sitting position, go see the Peking Acrobats Saturday at the Thrasher-Horne Center. Tickets are as low as $15.00.

If you prefer music, the 23rd Annual Great Atlantic Music Festival is on this Saturday.