GALILEO Planet News
Posted May 19, 2010
GALILEO Tutorials and Recording Audio Tips
The GALILEO staff has been producing Video Tutorials on using the GALILEO interface and its resources. In producing these videos, they have found that the following tips have been helpful in recording audio for these videos:
- Listen to the room before you start recording.
- How loud is the air conditioning or any other sounds in or out of the room? Compare the audio level of the narrator versus the recording environment.
- Try to find a room with minimal environment noise.
- If ideal conditions are not available, make sure the narrator being recorded speaks loud enough so you do not have to increase the recording level, which will pick up more of the unwanted environment noise.
- Always record a quick test to judge these variables before you proceed.
- Where is the microphone positioned in reference to the narrator? The narrator should be about 4 inches from the microphone.
- Avoid plosives by changing the angle of the narrator in reference to the microphone or use a Pop Filter.
- Is the microphone on a table that is amplifying the hum of the computer? A piece of foam or something absorbent can be placed under the microphone to absorb some of the vibrations.
For more information on recoding audio, check out the following articles and journals in GALILEO:
Producing Pro Podcasts (in Academic Search Complete, Electronic Musician; Dec2007, Vol. 23 Issue 13, p30-39, 7p)
Mix (Full-Text offered in Advanced Placement Source)
Electronic Musician (Full-Text offered in Academic Search Complete)
Posted May 18, 2010
Mental Health Resources
May is Mental Health Month.
For those seeking research on mental health topics, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection offers scholarly research articles in many areas of psychiatry and psychology, including emotional and behavioral characteristics, mental processes, and observational and experimental methods.
Consumer Health Complete provides fact sheets, evidence-based reports, drug and herb information, medical encyclopedias, images, videos, and more for those interested in understanding different aspects of mental health.
Find additional resources in the Psychology subject area of GALILEO.
For those who have access to SIRS Issues Researcher, students can find pro/con discussions of many mental health issues.
Image from Encyclopaedia Britannica
Posted May 13, 2010
Get Caught Reading!
If you or someone you know needs help finding a book so you can get caught reading this month - or any month, check out NoveList or NoveList K-8 for book recommendations, author read-alikes, and award-winning book lists.
Posted May 11, 2010
Curious about Volcanoes? GALILEO Can Help Satisfy Your Curiosity!
Volcanoes have been getting a lot of attention lately with the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull. If you want to learn more about volcanoes, here are a few GALILEO resources that can help.
The Encyclopaedia Britannica editors have already updated the Iceland article with information about the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. The volcano article also has information, images, and videos of volcanoes from around the world.
For those who have access, just search for volcanoes in SIRS Discoverer and SIRS Issues Researcher to find diagrams, images, editorially-selected websites, and magazine and newspaper articles for students.
MasterFILE Premier includes articles from popular magazines. Just search for volcanoes.
For those interested in recent scholarly research on volcanoes, check out Science and Technology Collection.
Image from Encyclopaedia Britannica
Posted May 10, 2010
2009-2010 Georgia Children’s Book Award Winners Announced
The Georgia Children’s Book Award, which is sponsored by the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the College of Education at the University of Georgia, has just announced the winners for 2009-2010: