Add citations and a bibliography using built in Word features

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Did you know that Microsoft Word has built in features for adding citations to a document? And when you add a citation, it creates a new source that will appear in the bibliography. It’s a really handy tool!

For more details, use the Word help feature and search for “How to create a bibliography”.

Another great reference is the APA Citation Style (6th edition). I use it to help select the appropriate citation source options for the various media types and to know when I also need to include the specific page number(s) in the citation.  You can download a copy for the VCC library at


The Top of the World Highway, June 2009

Top of the World large_8197867717The Top of the World Highway is a 301 km stretch of highway, connecting Dawson City, Yukon to Tok, Alaska. Departing westward from Dawson City, Yukon, on yet another beautiful, sunny day, we took the free George Black ferry across the Yukon River to West Dawson. There we joined the Yukon Highway 9, aka Top of the World Highway. My first thought was that it was so aptly named; the views were stunning! It skirts the crests of hills and is one of the most northerly highways in the world. Everything just dropped away. The highway, which is mostly unpaved, has been in use since 1955 and is only open during the summer months. It was built by the Americans to ensure supplies to Alaska during the Second World War, and until 1955, was the only road access to Dawson City.

To see for yourself, check out the following video.‎

The border crossing into the United States is at Poker Creek. From there we travelled to the town of Chicken. We heard that Chicken was so named because the town folk could not agree on the spelling of Ptarmigan, a bird similar to a grouse.

photo credit: Sweet One via photopin cc

Summit Lake, Stone Mountain Provincial Park, BC – June 2009

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACanoeing at Summit Lake, in Stone Mountain Provincial Park, BC was an unforgettable experience. Stone Mountain is located on the Alaska Highway about 151 km (94 mi) from Fort Nelson. At Mile 392, Summit Lake is the highest point on the Alaska Highway at 1,295 metres (4,250 ft). We arrived late on our 3rd day of our Alaskan trip. The next morning we awoke to a beautiful, sunny day and planned to canoe in the lake before departing. To our disappointment the lake still had ice. However, the campground operator assured us it would be safe if we were careful. What an experience!

The lake’s surface was partially frozen; covered in “candle” ice. Candle ice is a form of “rotten ice”, a term given to ice that is melting or disintegrating and the ice is honeycombed. The candles were approximately 5 inches long and ½” in diameter. As the canoe moved through the vertical candles, it resulted in “tinkling sounds” like a wind chime, radiating away in all directions at the slightest disturbance. Absolute magic!

Ice Candles - Summit Lake, June 2009

Ice Candles – Summit Lake, June 2009

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Free photo site for bloggers

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This is a free photo site that helps bloggers to find photos. There are multiple image sizes to choose from and adding them to your post is fast and easy. You can download the photo as well as the attribution link. It searches creative commons photos.

You can search for any topic using the search box (e.g. “Humpback Whales”, “Flowers”, etc.), preview the photo, and click “get photo” to download the photo as well as the proper attribution link.

PhotoPin uses the Flickr API and searches creative commons photos to use for your blog. They are not associated with Flickr in any way, other than powering the search results using their API.

Top 10 Copyright Myths

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Here’s a link to the Top 10 Copyright Myths prepared by the UK Copyright Service (aka Copyright Witness). In addition to being a copyright registration facility, they also aim to educate and increase awareness via information pages and fact sheets.

I particularly noted the following myths:

#4  Everything on the internet is ‘public domain’ and free to use – Wrong. It may be publicly accessible; but it is not in the public domain

#5 Anything without a copyright notice is not protected – Wrong again. Copyright will apply whether there is copyright notice or not.

#9  It’s hard to prove copyright infringement  – Not true. Copyright law is civil, not criminal and requires a lower burden of proof.

Emaze – Amazing Presentations in Minutes!

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Here’s a slide show creation tool I found called Emaze. It’s recommended as being somewhere between PowerPoint and Prezi. The tool is free but you are required to sign-up with an email address.

There is a selection of templates to choose from in both 2D and 3D formats. After selecting a template you can add slides from the gallery, edit the text, and add images from your computer or the web. There is also a “shapes” gallery to select from. YouTube video can be added by copying and pasting the URL or you can paste a YouTube video link directly on the surface of a slide. The editor looks to be intuitive and easy to use. When you are done you can save and preview. Sharing is easy; just send a link to the presentation via email.

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Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

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Educreations is a recordable interactive whiteboard that captures your voice and handwriting to produce video lessons that can be shared online. The lessons can be replayed in any web browser or from within their application on iPads. It was recommended by a colleague of mine. He encourages instructors to use it to make narrated whiteboard presentations and embed them into Moodle.

Here’s the link

Bitstrips – Instant Comics

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Bitstrips is a comic strip creation tool recommended by a colleague. The company’s mission is to give people an entertaining and visual way to communicate online. It is a personalized way to interact with friends; you can make up funny one-panel cartoons based on their status, friends, etc.

You can share your bit strips anywhere; Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Email and SMS

Here’s the link

iPhone Features and Shortcuts

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Here’s some features and shortcuts that you may not have used.

11. Look Up a Word in the Dictionary

Stumped on what that word in your favorite novel in iBooks means? Wondering why your friend used such a complex word in a text? Look it up using the iOS dictionary. Just hold down on the word that’s got you befuddled, and then touch Define. Now you know the answer and can respond appropriately.

22. Adjust Your Notifications

You’ve probably already played around with your notifications, but there are tons of different ways to manipulate your apps and how they alert you, making it just about perfect to make each app function properly. To get there, it’s Settings > Notifications, and there you can adjust what’s in the Notification Center, and then get even more specific and tell the OS how you want each app to notify you. Everything is clearly described, so you know what you’re getting into beforehand.

34. See Street View in Maps

Pull up Maps and search for something — anything — and you can usually see a little orange dude that shows up on the left side of the destination. Touch that and you go to street view where you can rotate 360 degrees. But what if you don’t have a search destination or just want to see a random area on street view? Just drop a pin. Usually that orange dude will show up again and you can scope out the area before you head down

And here’s one that I really dislike. I pick up the phone to make a call and there’s SIRI!!

16. Get Siri by Holding Your iPhone Up To Your Ear

Not everyone knows about this one, but there’s another way to call up Siri that doesn’t require holding down the home button. Go to Settings > General > Siri, and then select Raise to Speak. Now the light sensor on the iPhone will detect when you’ve got the phone up to your ear, and Siri will pick up. It’s a handy way to use Siri in public without looking like a jerk.

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