UBC Education Library has created a series of library video tutorials to help you get started and advance your skills when conducting research and using library resources.

These videos will give you the information you need to search for books and journal articles in a variety of information sources such as UBC Library, subject databases, and Google Scholar.  These videos also delve into how to access library research guides, citation managers, and information for distance students.

Learn more: guides.library.ubc.ca/edlibvideotutorials

Passport to the Internet, is a UBC Library licensed Internet literacy tutorial.  It is designed to help students in Grades 4 to 8 develop the critical thinking skills they need to apply to their online experiences by enabling them to use popular online tools and Web sites in a secure and ethical manner, and to their full potential.  Come to this session to learn more about this valuable teaching resource.

This session is taking place today (Thursday, 3 November) from 12:15-1:00 pm in Scarfe 155 (inside the Education Library). 

After discovering this morning that a brand of potato-leek soup might have undeclared clams in it….this seemed like an appropriate database to highlight.   The Healthy Canadians website has played host to a database of recalled food and consumer products since 2007.  You can search by product or by food and the site also provides links to lists of recalled foods and products by month,  and articles on various food/product safety topics.

A related site you may be interested to look at is the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.   This provides you with a great deal of  information related to food & food chain safety in Canada.  Also links to the various authorities in each region that are responsible for handling restaurant complaints and  inspections.

  • For Vancouver, this is the Coastal Health Authority.  The Health Authority has a very handy database that will allow you to search for and view restaurant inspections for food establishments in Vancouver,  North Vancouver, West Vancouver,  “Bellas,” Richmond and Bowen Island.  Just may be more information than you wanted to know!

The US Census Bureau conducts an official census every 10 years, with the next one coming up in March 2010.  In between years the Bureau conducts a variety of smaller-scale nationwide surveys, including the American Community Survey (ACS).  The ACS is sent to approximately 3 million households.  The most recent 3 year estimates based on surveys conducted from 2005 – 2008 have just been released for public use.

“The ACS collects information such as age, race, income, commute time to work, home value, veteran status, and other important data…. These 3-year estimates are available annually for geographic areas with a population of 20,000 or more, including the nation, all states and the District of Columbia, all congressional districts, approximately 1,800 counties, and 900 metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas, among others.”

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