SIRS Database – Spotlight on Black History Month

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Check out articles from the SIRS database that spotlight the historical, political, and cultural influences of African Americans.  For more information or assistance in using the SIRS database, contact the Reference Desk.

InfoTrac OneFile – New Features

Check out some of InfoTrac OneFile’s new features:

  • You can now read the full-text of the New York Times, every issue from 1995 to present day.
  • Listen to any National Public Radio program, as well as read transcripts, for shows produced by NPR from 1990 to present.  
  • Very soon,  Fodor’s travel guide for 2006 and 2007, as well as hundreds of other travel guides from publishers such as Hunter’s will be included in the database.  
  • More than 20 reference sources.  When browsing your results list, click on the reference tab to view articles from a variety of reference sources.
  • Access to more than 3,000 full-text periodicals.
  • Access to Discover Magazine.
  • Content can now be translated into 7 different languages.
  • InfoTrac OneFile currently includes 11,000 titles.

To access InfoTrac OneFile from the library’s home page, click on Research Databases for an alphabetical list.

For more information or assistance in using InfoTrac OneFile, contact the Reference Desk.

Off-Campus Access to Library Databases

A reminder to faculty, staff, and students at JSRCC – you can access a wide range of the library’s online resources from home including the full-text of journals, magazines, and newspapers.   Our library databases can be accessed from any off-campus location that has an Internet connection (e.g.,  home or office).  When you are off-campus and click on any database link from the library’s web site, a VCCS login screen will appear.  Simply type in your My JSRCC login (the same username and password you use for Blackboard) to access the databases.  For more information or assistance in using the databases from off-campus, see our Off-Campus Access web page or contact the Reference Desk.

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New Databases – Biography Resource Center & Science Resource Center

Check out the library’s two newest databases – Biography Resource Center and Science Resource Center from Thomson Gale!

 biography.JPG  Biography Resource Center  provides biographies for over 335,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. It contains more than 427,000 biographies from over 960 volumes of more than 135 Gale sources such as Contemporary Authors, Encyclopedia of World Biography, etc. and more than 538,000 full-text articles from nearly 300 magazines including American History and U.S. News & World Report.

science.JPG  Science Resource Center  provides thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures, illustrations and the latest scientific developments from over 200 magazines, journals and quality web sites. It covers curriculum-related science topics and offers teachers an easy-to-use tool to identify content directly correlated to state and national standards.

For more information or assistance in using these two new databases, contact the Reference Desk.

Create Direct Links to Online Articles from your Blackboard Courses

One convenient option for making reading material available to students through Blackboard is to create persistent or durable links to full-text articles found in the library’s research databases.  Some of the advantages of providing persistent links to articles are:

  • Students do not have to come to the library. They can access articles anytime and anywhere.
  • It familiarizes students with research databases. Linking provides students the opportunity to see and use the database without having the added responsibility of evaluating and choosing the information from the database.
  • The responsibility falls on the database vendor to handle the copyright issues (e.g., to pay the copyright holder when there is a requirement for that to be done). You don’t have to go through the hassle of getting the necessary permissions to: place copyrighted materials in the library’s reserves, photocopy the material, or download the full article on your Bb course site.

 For more information on creating persistent links, check out the online guide, Integrating Library Resources Into Your Blackboard Courses , or contact the Reference Desk.

Practice Tests Now Online!

learning-express.gifCheck out our new online service from Learning Express Advantage. Learning Express provides over 300 online practice tests and course series designed to help students succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. Features of this service include:

  • Interactive test-preparation and practice
  • Targeted skill-building practice exercises
  • Self-paced study tools
  • Instant scoring and customized feedback
  • Interactive career and job help with an online resume builder

Choose from a multitude of tests including:

  • math, reading, writing, & vocabulary skills improvement
  • ACT, SAT, & TOEFL test preparation
  • U.S. Citizenship Exam
  • Job and career test preparation

LearningExpressAdvantage is accessible from any JSRCC Library computer or from any Internet-accessible computer on or off campus. To set up your own personal account to use Learning Express on or off campus, drop by your JSRCC campus library’s Reference Desk or call us.

History Resource Center: US

hrc.jpgCheck out the library’s newest database – History Resource Center: US. This database provides integrated access to over 4,000 historical (primary) documents, articles from more than 30 reference titles, and over 110 full-text journal covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.