Reference Blog Entries

Indoor pastimes for chilly days

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If you're feeling trapped indoors during these cold winter months, it may be time to blow the dust off an old hobby or even pick up a new one. Let us provide you with some recreation that you can do within the comfort of your own home.

  • Create some new arts and crafts, start a collection, discover new board games, or even learn about juggling through our Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center.
  • Consider yourself a film buff? Check out VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever and catch up on movie reviews, read about various film awards, and search by cast, director, and genre.
  • Sharpen your skills in the kitchen and try out some new recipes by browsing the UA Recipe Collection. You can access links to many cooking magazines here as well.
  • Discover pricing information for the antiques and collectable you've got around the house with Price It! Antiques and Collectibles.
  • Find the next great read for you and your family members by searching NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus. You can search endless fiction and non-fiction books by keyword, author, title, series, or narrator.

Best of luck finding new ways to entertain yourself while waiting for Spring to return!

The Great Charter

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Prepare to hear a lot about the Magna Carta over the coming months.  This year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of one of the most important documents in Western law and government. Without a doubt there will be many references to it in the media.

On June 15, 1215 King John of England signed a document that guaranteed certain fundamental rights to his English subjects as demanded by a group of powerful barons. 

Specific rights that were born in the Magna Carta are

Signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede England in 1215

  • trial by jury
  • due process
  • habeas corpus
  • equality under the law

Find more information at this comprehensive British website and the American Bar Association  website.

Find a biographical sketch of King John of England “one of the most villainous kings of England” in the Gale Biography in Context Database on the Upper Arlington Public Library website.

Find  topic overviews in the electronic reference books  Encyclopedia of the American Constitution and the Gale Encyclopedia of American Law.

View an old discolored and tattered copy of the Magna Carta at National Geographic Eyewitness to History online.

View a readable version of the document in  World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras

Each source will lead you to other sources.  Remember, if you are looking at these sources from outside the library you will be prompted to enter your library card number before going to the website.  

And don’t forget, you can always contact a Reference Librarian by phone, textemail, or in person for assistance in using our databases and eBooks.

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