New Illinois State Budget Webpage

For those of you interested in the current state of the Illinois budget or for those who just like govdocs, Gov. Quinn rolled out this budget webpage to allow Illinois residents to provide feedback that will be used to shape the budget for fiscal year 2011.

Illinois Budget Webpage


New! Outgoing Fax Service

USF Library added to its long list of services today the Fax24 system, a pay-per-fax service. Fax24 takes only credit cards as payment and does not receive incoming messages; it only sends outgoing messages.

Cost to use Fax24 varies on number of pages and where the fax is being sent to.  Fees break down in the following manner:

  • Domestic Fax: $1.50 for the first page; $1.00 for each additional page.
  • International Fax: $4.95 for the first page; $3.45 for each additional page.

If you have questions on how to take advantage of this new service, please speak with a reference librarian.

eBook Exchange

Looking for a free book for your Kindle or e-Reader? USF Library is reviewing one free ebook a month and offering links for where you can download the book. Don’t have an e-Reader? Books are also available in PDF format for you to print and read the classic “paper in hand” way or to download to read from whatever computer you choose. This month’s ebook is, Living in God’s Providence: History of the Congregation of Divine Providence of San Antonio, Texas, 1943-2000. The review from the publisher says:

“Living in God’s Providence was written to preserve for the Sisters of Divine Providence, as well as for the general public, significant events in a time of momentous changes, 1943-2000. All the Sisters alive in 2000 were interviewed for this book. Their personal reactions and reflections illuminate the inner life of the Congregation, especially during and after the second Vactican Council. Writtem for the general reader and carefully footnoted, this book is valuable for teachers and students as well as for anyone interesed in U.S. Church history or religious life.”

Interested in the ebook exchange? Look for the announcements in the myUSF portal or check out the ebook exchange archive of past reviewed ebooks.

Even Prominent Philosophers Need To Check Their Resources

While he claims to get his information from books and not Wikipedia, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, is in some trouble for citing a fake philosopher, Jean-Baptiste Botul,  in his most recent book. Botul, unfortunately,  is nothing more than a creation of journalist Frédéric Pagès, though a creation complete with  his own Wikipedia page (in French), a Facebook profile, a name for his philosophical ideas (Botulism), and a fan club that meets monthly.

At USF Library, we’d just like to use this story to highlight the “Dependability” and “Credibility” aspects of evaluating your resources when doing research on any topic. Be sure to not cite Wikipedia as a resource, and if you can’t find the information you got on Wikipedia or any other free Google-able website anywhere else, don’t use it. Have questions on what makes a resources a good one? Check out the library tutorials on evaluating resources and websites.