Monthly Archives: May 2012

Commencement Speeches Online

Graduation time is a time of celebration; it is also a time of anxiety, stress, and figuring out how to fit your couch into your Mini Cooper.  If you’re looking for some sage words of advice the website has gathered a collection of commencement speeches from celebrities such as J.K. Rowling, Toni Morrison, and Theodor Seuss Geisel.  There are also many transcripts freely available on .edu websites, such as this Jon Stewart speech from The College of William & Mary.  Want news on current speakers?  Both Google News and LexisNexis provide search platforms for up-to-date announcements on who is speaking where.  Just use “commencement speech” as your keyword and rank by date.

The Journal of Chemical Education – Now Online!

The library has just purchased online access to The Journal of Chemical Education, an important monthly publication published by the American Chemical Society.  This peer-reviewed resource covers both secondary and university education, and includes articles such as “ChemPoker”, “JCE Classroom Activity #111: Redox Reactions in Three Representations”, and “Beer as a Teaching Aid in the Classroom and Laboratory”.  Many of these articles are sponsored and can be accessed for free from your computers at home, however, anything that is not sponsored must be used on-campus for complete full-text access.  Enjoy searching the full archive from 1924-current!