Data structures and algorithms in C++: ” Provides a comprehensive introduction to data structures and algorithms, including their design, analysis, and implementation. Each data structure is presented using ADTs and their respective implementations * Helps provide an understanding of the wide spectrum of skills ranging from sound algorithm and data structure design to efficient implementation and coding of these designs in C++ Wiley Higher Education.” (from Publisher’s Description)
A complete manual of amateur astronomy : New book in the library’s collection. “This readable guide to observing the sky provides amateur and student astronomers with practical knowledge of telescope use and astronomical photography, describes astronomical phenomena that can be observed, and gives ideas for research projects.” (From Book News)
Enron: The Rise and Fall: This is a new title in the Moraine Valley Library. “Although the collapse of Enron has been a central focus for the media throughout the past year, it’s hard to know if we got the whole story on this former energy giant. In Enron: The Rise and Fall, investigative journalist Loren Fox attempts to clarify the whole business. The book is based on rigorous research and indepth interviews with many Enron insiders and traces the company’s evolution, expansion, corruption and descent. It explores the role deregulation, Arthur Andersen, Wall Street analysts and politics played in the eventual implosion of this firm.” (From CMA Management. 76:10 (Feb 2003): p. 6)
Koran Commentaries in the Library: The library has several noteworthy commentaries on the Koran (Qur’an). Click on the link above to review these titles in the library’s Public Access Catalog.
Got a topic-shopping COM student? S/he might consider the Interstate Highway System. The Summer 1996, Vol. 60, No. 1 issue of “Public Roads” magazine (available full-text through ProQuest) offers a history of the system, a contemporary evaluation, and articles on the poetry, art and movies inspired by the open road. Original source documents can be found in the Eisenhower Archives, and the Smithsonian offers a collection of images in the site’s America on the Move section, including one of a poster protesting a highway’s construction. Also, the USDOT Federal Highway Administration offers a list of links on highway history.
According to the “Folklore of American Holidays” (REF GT4803.F65 1991), the origin today’s holiday (AKA “All Fools’ Day”) “is uncertain, but it seems to have come about it France as a result of the change to the Gregorian calendar in 1582 when New Year’s was moved from March 25 to January 1. Thus, the first April fools may have been people who failed to make proper adjustment. In Mexico, where the borrowing of trivial items and the failure to return them is a feature, a similar day is celedrated on 28, and some countries like Germany and Norway have two such days on the first and last dates in April.” p 175.
The Jesus Seminar: “Convened in 1985 by Robert W. Funk, the Jesus Seminar has become a lightning rod for international debate about the “historical Jesus” – that is, the real facts about the person to whom various Christian gospels refer. The Seminar’s on-going project has been to evaluate the historical significance of every shred of evidence about Jesus from antiquity (about 30-200 CE). Over the past seventeen years more than 200 scholars from North America & beyond have participated in its semi-annual meetings.” (Site hosted by Rutgers University)
The Cherokee “Trail of Tears,” 1838-1839 : “This site explores the effects of the 1830 Indian Removal Act and the 1838 Treaty of New Echola that forcibly evicted Cherokees from their homes to unsettled lands west of the Mississippi. This forced march caused the death of over 4,000 people, approximately one-fifth of the Cherokee Nation. Includes statistics, narratives of participants, maps of the various routes, a timeline, and information about parks and historical sites.” (Annotation from Librarian’s Index to the Internet)
On This Day: The First of April, 1864 : “A lighthearted but accurate historical review of April Fool’s Day, illustrated with a cartoon by artist Thomas Nast. From the New York Times Learning Network.” Gives an interesting (but brief) history of April Fool’s Day. (Annotation from Librarian’s Index to the Internet)
California Occupational Guides: “The California Occupational Guides are a series of about 300 information sheets covering individual occupations or groups of related occupations. They provide statewide information about job duties, working conditions, employment outlook, wages, benefits, entrance requirements, and training.”