Tuesday, August 12, 2008

2006 Reference Questions

I am cleaning up digital clutter at home and at work and came across this word document that I started in 2006. Not sure if I blogged this reference questions or not... but I am going to now!

October 24, 2006

  • What was the Dow Jones on last day of 1993 and 1994? The high, the low and the composite.
  • What was the price of oil in 1980?
  • I have to research funeral directors. What do you have to do to become a funeral director?

October 25, 2006
  • Who manufactures Allure shoes? What is their address?
  • I need information on river blindness (Onchocerciasis) and Guinea worm disease (Dracunculiasis).

November 27, 2006
  • I am looking for primary sources, like newspaper articles for this paper I am writing. My topic is Ancient Rome, about 100 B.C. I need information on daily life, arts, and important events.
  • I am looking for a painting my William Harnett, an American Painter. I think it is called “Still Life Old Violin”. I have done a Google search for the image, but I only found a cartoon version of it.
  • Stock prices for the American Israel Corporation for 6/6/83, 6/27/83, 7/26/83, 8/9/83, 9/16/83 as well as Electro Rent Corporation on 3/31/80, 12/30/80, 11/11/82, 11/15/83, 3/29/84.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Librarian's Reference Questions

Q: How many hot dogs were sold at Yankee Stadium last season (or most recent data)?
A: According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (NHDSC), 1.3 million hot dogs were projected to be consumed in 2004. Updated figures will be forthcoming. (This is a reference question/bet. Loser buys winner a hot dog* and beer at a baseball game.)

Q: When is the men's marathon being run at the Olympics?
A: The New York Times has this nifty Olympics tracker that allows you to search save the events you want to watch and follow. The men's marathon is on August 23 at 6:30pm. The American favorite, Ryan Hall has a great chance at medaling this year.

* Or treat of their choosing.