Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Website Spotlight
Interactive 3D model of Solar System Planets and Night Sky

SSS will illustrate real-time celestial positions with planets and constellations moving over the night sky. You can actively change parameters for a better understanding of happenings in our Solar System and the Universe.

Did you know?
In 1971 Ray Tomlinson sent the first successful email from one computer, to another sitting right next it – through ARPANET. He used the @ sign to delineate what host the user receiving the message was on, as ARPANET had a number of hosts systems connected to it. His machine was a Digital Equipment Corporation KA10 (PDP-10) with 64K (36-bit) words of (real magnetic) core memory, which is known today as a ‘calculator’. The message received would be printed out on a teletype machine. Tomlinson can’t remember his first message but stated it was “QWERTYUIOP or something similar.”
Web Tool Spotlight

KnightCite is an online citation generator service provided by the Hekman Library of Calvin College. This service simplifies the often tedious task of compiling an accurate bibliography in the appropriate style by formatting the given data on a source into a reliable citation, eliminating the need to memorize minute details of style for multiple kinds of sources. The service is provided free of charge by the college, and is available to members both within and outside of the Calvin community. There is no advertising on the site, and those who choose to register on the site will have the option of saving all of their citations and even multiple bibliographies to their account.

1 comment:

  1. Web based citation machines are available for APA Style and MLA Style (so called Harvard formatting) as well as Chicago Notes Style and Turabian Style (Oxford formatting), and the one mentioned here is one of them. is a free citation machine, developed by yours truly - hence this promotion, or, frankly, spam :-)

    Seriously, head over to and take a look. If you are a student and you are struggling with the technical side of finishing a bibliography for your essay, I am certain that this site will be of significant help to you.