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profile-icon Lori Bryan
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Check out a few of the items in our collection to celebrate National Outdoor Month. 

A Walk in the Woods--Bill Bryson (audiobook) F106.B922 2998Freshwater Fishes of Texas--Earl W. Chilton II  QL628.T4C49 1997Rugged Access for All--Christopher Kain GV199.56.K35 2020
America Outdoors with Baratund Thurston (video series)How to Photograph the Outdoors in Black and White--George Schaub (ebook)Safer Water Experience. While on Vacation (video)
America's Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond--Randall K. Wilson HD216.W48 2020Kayaking GV783.K39 2009State Parks of the South--Vici DeHaan (ebook)
Become an Outdoor Photographer (video)Lists of National Historic Landmarks (edocument) The Camper's Guide to Outdoor Pursuits--Jack Drury (ebook)
Canoe Country Camping (ebook)LPGA's Guide to Every Shot GV966.L64 2000The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hiking, Camping and the Great Outdoors--Michael Mouland (ebook)
Exploring Natural Treasures Throughout Texas (edocument)Official Guide to Texas State Parks & Historic Sites--Laurence Parent F384.3P36 2018The Lost Continent: Travels is Small-Town America--Bill Bryson  E168.Z82B78 1990
Exploring the Black Hills & Badlands--Hiram Rogers (ebook)Outdoor Careers--Amanda Kirk HF5382.5.U5K52 2009The Texas Hill Country: A Photographic Adventure--Michael H. Marvins  F392.T47M34 2018
Fly Fishing for the Complete Idiot--Michael Rutter SH456.R868 1995Rowing and Sculling--Bill Sayer GV791.S29 2013Untold 85: The Story of American Barbecue (video)



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profile-icon Karen Locher
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I ran across Perplexity AI today.  Very interesting thing to try out.  Perplexity AI is an AI-chatbot-powered "research and conversational search engine" (Source: Wikipedia)

Unlike other search engines, like Google and Duck-Duck-Go, Perplexity draws on multiple large language models to produce its responses. Perplexity currently uses OpenAi's GPT-3 Turbo, Anthropic's Claude 3, and others.  Unlike a standard search engine, which give users a list of links to follow themselves, Perplexity delivers a natural language response like one would expect from a chatbot.

Some key features are:

  • Natural Language Interface
  • Web Indexing - they claim to index the web daily to provide up-to-date information.  Chatbots run at least a year out of date.
  • Cited Sources (!!!) with in-text citations
  • Follow-up questions - Perplexity can pose follow up questions to clarify or narrow a search.

The search box provides a "focus" filter.  You can select "all" (the entire internet) for your search or the following limits:

  • Wolfram/Alpha - the computational knowledge engine
  • Academic - search in published academic papers
  • You Tube - discover and watch videos
  • Writing - general text of chat without searching the web
  • Reddit - Search for discussions and opinions

You can also upload pdfs, CSV files, images, and text documents for analysis.

Perplexity has three subscription options:  

  • Free 
  • Pro - $20 per month
  • Enterprise Pro, pricing based on team size.

The free version does not require an account and support basic searches, including citations and follow-up queries.  

Are there any disadvantages?  Sure.  All AI tools return questionable information and can be repetitive.  Perplexity is an AI and vulnerable to hallucinations and other issues that affect LLMs.  And the big one in academic research - NO JOURNAL ARTICLES.  While the sources cited are worthy, especially when filtered by "academic" none of the sources cited were from recent (or even old) journal articles.

Still, Perplexity is fun to play with.  Give it a try.

Perplexity AI

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profile-icon Lori Bryan
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Join us in celebrating our furry (and not) friends for National Pet Month with books, ebooks and videos. See the librarian for more. Ebooks and videos are hyperlinked. Books are in the General Stacks with the call number listed unless otherwise indicated. 

A Dog's Way Home: A Novel W. Bruce Cameron Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy   RM931.A65H36 2019 Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster Allen & Linda Anderson  HV4765.L8A63 2006
An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us Ed Yong  QP431.Y66 2022 Human Footprint: Man's Best Friend (video) Snakes and Such Alvin Silverstein et al
Animal Impossible: Cats (video) My Pet and Me: Whitby the Cat (video) Spiderology Michael Elsohn Ross
Animal Impossible: Dogs (video) My Pet Cats LeeAnne Engfer The Cat Whisperer Mieshelle Nagelschneider  SF446.5.N34 2013
Becoming Best Friends with Your Hamster, Guinea Pig, or Rabbit Bill Gutman My Pet Fish Lori Coleman  The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care C.J. Puotinen
Birds and Us: A 12,000 Year History, From Cave Art to Conservation Tim Birkhead  QL673.B565 2022 My Pet Hamster & Gerbils LeeAnne Engfer The Genius of Dogs Brian Hare & Vanessa Woods  SF433.H355 2013
Careers Working with Animals Allison Blake My Pet Rat Arlene Erlbach The Last Walk Jessica Pierce  BD444.P54 2012
Dog Years: A Memoir Mary Doty  PS3554.O798Z46 2008 Nova Wonders: What are Animals Saying (video) The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets Barbara Royal  SF745.R69 2012
Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare Donald M. Broom & Andrew F. Fraser  SF56.7.B76 2015 Pets Erica Fudge The Secret Life of Dogs (video)
Eclipse of the Century. How Animals React to a Solar Eclipse (video) Pets and People: The Psychology of Pet Ownership Barrie Gunter & Adrian Furnham Untold. First Pets of the White House (video)


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