Culinary Student Wins Big!

March 12, 2010

The North Miami Campus Library would like to congratulate culinary student Luis Young for winning the the 8th AnnualS. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition.  Luis out cooked 10 other top culinary students from the US, Canada, and Italy for his dish, Herb Scented Venison Tenderloin.  To read the Miami New Times interview with Luis, click here.


February 4, 2010

Thomas Keller‘s  Ad Hoc at home is the chef’s take on classic family meals. As the title suggests, his newest book is geared more towards home cooks, providing foundational advice on becoming a better cook and accessible recipes. His previous books (The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, and Under Pressure) are esoteric using complicated methods only master chefs with access to equipment like an immersion circulator could replicate. Ad Hoc is a beautiful book inspired by Mr. Keller’s father and the last meal he cooked for him before he died. Ad Hoc is placed on reserve at the North Miami Campus Library.


Haitian Relief LibGuide

January 21, 2010
A LibGuide was recently created to serve as a resource for the campus community’s Haitian relief efforts. There is a tab for the campus-specific options to provide assistance as well as a calendar of events targeting relief efforts.  There are also tabs offering resources and information regarding the country.

New Video – Job Search in the 21st Century

November 18, 2009

A new streamed video has just been added to our Films on Demand database called “Job Search in the 21st Century.”   The video is 25 minutes and details how to utilize the Web and social networks to enhance job prospects.   To access this video go to the library homepage, select databases from the menu and scroll down to “Films on Demand.”  Once you are in the database do a title search for “Job Search in the 21st Century.”


Farewell Gourmet

October 14, 2009

Gourmet magazine announced earlier this month that the November issue will be its last.  Publisher Conde Nast has decided to pull the plug on the iconic magazine after months of falling ad revenues.

The magazine has been in publication since December of 1940 and has approached the subject of food as culture ever since.  The magazine has featured such writers as Junogourmett Diaz, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer  Prize for The Brief Wondrous  of Oscar Wao, David Foster Wallace and Anthony Bourdain.

The Johnson & Wales North Miami Library retains Gourmet magazine from 1964 to the last issue.


eBook – The American History Cookbook

September 24, 2009

The American History Cookbook by Mark Zanger covers a wide range of American history cookery from the pre-colonial to school lunches.  Many of the recipes were selected from historical cookbooks with the intention to illuminate techniques used by the people of the time, and thus history.  The book is arranged chronologically by time periods (50 Chapters in total) and each chapter opens with a brief historical background then gives a typical recipe of that period.   The recipes include detailed instructions on how to prepare the dish authentically with instructions for substitutes for hard to find ingredients and difficult techniques.

American History Cookbook

The American History Cookbook is available as an eBook through Greenwood Digital Collection database.  To access this resource go to the library homepage, select databases, then scroll down to Greenwood Digital Collection and choose your location (either on or off campus).  Once you are in the database, click on “American History” subject heading to expand your options, then expand “American History (General)” and you’ll see The American History Cookbook.


Using the Content Specific Search form in LexisNexis

April 24, 2009

In my last post about LexisNexis, I talked about using the General Search forms and the Power Search forms.  You may also use the Content Specific Search forms which give you more control than the Easy search form and are simpler to use than the Power Search.  The Content Specific Search is designed to search a particular type of information such as News or Business.

Let’s go through an example.  When you enter the LexisNexis database, you will notice tabs at the top left of the screen.  Click on any of the tabs to utilize the Content Specific Search forms.  For instance, you need to search trade journals on the government regulation of the financial industry.  Select the News tab and enter the words in the search box just as you would on the other search forms.  You can either use the Natural Language setting, or Terms and Connectors setting.  If you are comfortable using Boolean search strategies such as “and”, “or”, and “not”, use the Terms and Connectors setting as you would when using the Power Search form.  In this case, our search phrase is “government regulation of the financial industry” and we are under the Natural Language setting.   Next we will add index terms, which are listed by category, by expanding the options under “Add index terms”.  You can select up to ten terms to add to your search.  Lets add to our search “Banking and Finance” under the Industry category; “Business Forecasts” and “Business Operations” under the Subject or Section category; and “United States” under the Region category.  Next, we will select a source for our search by choosing one from the Sources drop-down list.  In this search, we will choose “Business News Publications” from the drop-down list.   The last step is to choose a date range for our search.  A good range for our topic is the “previous 3 months”.  Finally, click on the search button located to the right of the search box to run our search.

This search yielded too many results, but we still have options to limit our results.  Since we need trade journals for our sources, we can select “Industry Trade Press” under the groups on the left hand side of the screen.  Now our results are all from industry trade journals and specifically address government regulation of the recent bailouts, executive compensation, legislation, etc.

I hope have you enjoyed this brief tutorial about using the Content Specific Search form in LexisNexis.  Please feel free to leave any comments or questions.