Reference Source Assignment III: Biographical, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias 1
Reference Source Assignment III: Biographical, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias Sharon Davenport Scott Walter 210 – 04 Spring 2008 ANSWER ONE
Robert Demo Bent was a Full Professor at Indiana University from 1966 to 1995.
SOURCE American men & women of science: a biographical directory of today's leaders in physical, biological, and related sciences [electronic version]. Kalte, Pamela M.; Nemeh, Katherine H. (Eds.). Detroit, MI : Gale Group, 2003. p. 479. Retrieved from SJSU Library.org Catalog 2 April 2008. PROCESS
Our textbook suggested this resource. The SJSU catalog had an electronic version. I
searched the electronic version for ―Bent, Robert‖. I found his name as ―Robert Demo,
Physics‖ on the second page of search results. It’s not easy to use this resource because it
is not a page-by-page version. It requires a search term, but the results are mixed with
other terms,‖Robert‖, ―Bent‖. I found a Biography of Robert Bent on the IUB website
for university courses, Physics, but it took some digging.
ANSWER TWO Samuel Butler (1835-1902), English novelist in Notebooks (1912) chapter. 14
SOURCE "Butler, Samuel" The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Ed. Susan Ratcliffe. Oxford University Press, 2006. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2 April 2008 from http://www.oxfordreference.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t91.e411 PROCESS
Our textbook suggested this resource. I tried Bartlett’s Familiar quotations without luck
then I tried the Oxford Reference Online Premium.
ANSWER THREE ―Phase inverter n. (also phase invertor) Electrical Engin. a phase splitter which produces two signals 180 degrees out of phase.‖ SOURCE The Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd ed. 1989. OED Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2 April 2008 from <http://dictionary.oed.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/cgi/entry/00181778>.
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I tried an encyclopedia, but it did not use the exact phrase—Merriam-Webster, not at all.
The OED contained the exact phrase—phase inverter [huh?].
ANSWER FOUR What does GODORT stand for? Government Documents Round Table (American Library Association) SOURCE Abbreviation and acronym dictionary Online. Retrieved 2 April 2008 from
Our textbook suggested this resource, very easy to search.
SOURCE "Avi Wortis." Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 37. Gale Group, 2000. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2008 from
Another suggestion from our textbook—Simple and easy to use.
ANSWER SIX Are you living in Canada? If you are, a riding association is ―a unit of organization of a political party at the level of the riding, responsible for nominating a candidate for election and conducting the election campaign in the riding.‖ Alternatively, if you’ve moved to Scotland you might be involved in a pagan festival as an expression of local identities called the ―Common Ridings‖ or riding the borders of the burgh, hamlet, territory. On the other hand, a subject and location searcprovides a list of ―riding associations‖ in your new neighborhood. SOURCE "riding association noun" The Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Katherine Barber. Oxford University Press 2004. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. .Retrieved 2 April 2008 from http://www.oxfordreference.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&en try=t150.e58892 PROCESS
I did a dictionary search of ―riding association‖ and the OED Reference Premium
provided the two political-culture definitions.
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ANSWER SEVEN There are several sources for biographies of Peter Gabriel: The Biography Resource Center, Grove Music Online, and Encyclopedia Britannica. The inspiration for the song, ―We Do What We’re Told‖ were the social experiments of Stanley Milgram, a Yale professor who had subjects administer electric shocks to a person if they answered a question wrong. The person being shocked was an actor who writhed in pain as the shocks got larger. Milgram wanted to see if the subjects would administer the shocks when the experimenter told them to, even though they were causing apparent pain in the person. Almost all subjects administered the highest level of shock despite the actor pounding the wall in apparent agony. SOURCE
Gabriel, Peter. (2008). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved April 4, 2008, from
Peter Gabriel (1986). Milgram's 37 (we do what we're told). Retrieved 4 April 2008 from
It was easy to find biographies, however sources for the inspiration for the song lyrics
were less obvious. I finally found an Internet site that had the information for the lyrics,
but I’m not able to verify that the information is 100% accurate since it comes from a
ANSWER EIGHT I found a book review of a vampire book by author Melton, J. Gordon(1994). The vampire book: the encyclopedia of the undead. Detroit, MI : Gale Research. ―The Vampire Book is an encyclopedia with articles on various subjects pertaining to vampires arranged in alphabetical order. The companion contains a series of essays. The Complete Vampire Companion has chapters dealing with the history and folklore of the vampire, the vampire in entertainment, and "real" vampires. It also has four appendixes: a lengthy bibliography, a filmography, a calendar of important dates, and a list of vampire organizations. It concludes with a subject and name index. The work is illustrated with both black-and-white drawings and photographs. The quality of the pictures is good.‖
SOURCE "The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead." Booklist. 91.13 (Mar. 1, 1995): p1257. Literature Resource Center. Gale. San José public library system. Retrieved 4 April 2008 from <http://0-go.galegroup.com.mill1.sjlibrary.org:80/ps/start.do?p=LitRC&u=sjpllib>. PROCESS
I just entered ―encyclopedia of the undead‖ in the Literature Resource Center search.
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The Master and Margarita ,by Mikhail Bulgakov , ―is widely considered one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century Russian literature.‖ I found a review of the novel, which said that Margarita sends for Woland (considered a Mephistophelian of devil figure) to the Moscow apartment of the Master. SOURCE "Master i Margarita." Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Thomas J. Schoenberg (ed.) Vol. 159. Detroit: Gale, 2005. Literature Resource Center. Gale. SAN JOSE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM. Retrieved 4 Apr. 2008 from <http://0-go.galegroup.com.mill1.sjlibrary.org:80/ps/start.do?p=LitRC&u=sjpllib>. PROCESS
I entered Mikhail Bulgakov in the Literature Resource Center search. I chose an article
from among four that contained an introduction, critical reception, plot, major characters,
major themes, writings on the work, and further readings about the work.
ANSWER TEN You may be a little concerned: Dead head, a verb: To drive an empty train, truck, taxi, etc.; to travel in an empty vehicle. Also trans.colloq. (chiefly U.S.). SOURCE The Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd ed. 1989. OED Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 4 April 2008 from
I searched the OED for dead head.
ANSWER ELEVEN ―Purim Ancient Jewish celebration of thanksgiving held on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Adar (in February or March). It commemorates the deliverance of the Jews of Persia from a plot to destroy them. The story, which appears in the Old Testament Book of Esther, is read on this festival in all synagogue services. The gift of alms to the poor is obligatory, and the festival is associated with a carnival atmosphere.‖ SOURCES See: ―Purim‖ (2008), in In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved April 4, 2008, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online:
http://search.eb.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/eb/article-9061951 See also: "Purim" in World Encyclopedia. Philip's, (2005). Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Cal State - San Jose. Retrieved 5 April 2008 <http://www.oxfordreference.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/views/ENTRY.html?sub
Special Purims: ―Certain fast- and feast-days specially observed in some Jewish communities, in imitation of the national Purim, to commemorate deliverance from some danger, which threatened either a whole community or an individual family. At the celebration of these
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anniversaries a Hebrew megillah (scroll), giving a detailed account of the event commemorated, is read in the synagogue or in the family circle, certain special prayers are recited, and business is suspended for the day. Quite a number of such Purims are known, some of which are enumerated here in alphabetical order.‖ Purim of Abraham Danzig (called also Pulverpurim="Powder Purim"): Purim of Ancona: Purim of Angora: Purim Borghel: Purim di Buda. Purim of Cairo: Purim of Candia: Purim of Chios (called also Purim de la Señora = "of the Good Lady"): Purim de los Christianos (called also Purim de las Bombas): Purim Edom (called also Purim al-Naāra): Purim of Florence: Purim di Fuoco. Purim Fürhang (Curtain Purim): Purim of Gumeldjina (popularly called Purim de los Ladrones = "Purim of Bandits"): Purim of Jonathan b. Jacob of Fulda: Purim of Lepanto: Purim of Narbonne: Purim of Padua: Purim Povidl (Plum-Jam Purim): Purim of Rhodes: Purim of Saragossa: Purim Sherif: Purim of Shiraz (called also Purim of Mo'ed Ḳaṭan): Purim of Tammuz at Algiers: Purim of Tiberias: Purim of Tripoli: Purim of Widdin: Purim Winz (called also Purim Frankfurt): Purim of Yom-Ṭob Lipmann Heller: SOURCE ―Purims, special‖(n.d.). Deutsch ,Gotthard & Franco, M. (eds.) Jewish Encyclopedia. Online
I entered ―Purim‖ in both the Encyclopedia Britannica and the World Encyclopedia as
well as ―special Purim‖ in the Jewish Encyclopedia Online.
ANSWER TWELVE ―Formerly widely used for letting blood, the medicinal leech (Hirudo medicinalis) may now be used following microsurgery (e.g. to replace a severed finger) to restore patency to blocked or
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collapsed blood vessels and thus encourage the growth of new capillaries. The anticoagulants in the saliva of this and other species are being investigated for the treatment and prevention of thrombosis.‖ SOURCE
"leech n."In Concise Medical Dictionary. Oxford University Press, 2007. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Cal State - San Jose. Retrieved 6 April 2008, from <http://www.oxfordreference.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t60.e5532>
I used the Oxford Reference Premium database from the San Jose Library website. I
entered ―leeches‖ into the search box.
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