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ImageThe library is proud to introduce the new and improved Library Scavenger hunt! The Library Scavenger hunt is a great activity for your class that incorporates technology, information literacy modules, and a library orientation all in one fun session.

Students working in teams search for library resources and post their answers, with a few selfies along the way, on Instagram.  Back in the library classroom, teams present their answers and are scored for accuracy.

We are excited to offer this activity to your classes.  The activity can be scheduled for 50-75 minutes depending on your time frame.


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to schedule a Scavenger Hunt for your class!

Five Things You Might Not Know About Reynolds Library

#5. We’re not here to shush you (and we offer ideal spaces where we won’t shush you).

How do you learn?  Do you read a book?  Do you use the internet?  Do you collaborate with classmates?  Or is it all of the above?  In the past, reading in quiet libraries was a common way of learning something new.  Now, however, there are multiple channels for learning.  Reynolds Library recognizes this shift, and we want to build a community that supports 21st century learning.  The way we balance the needs of individual learners and groups is through access to our study rooms.  If you need to collaborate and study with others, ask for a group study room.  If you need to watch a video on the Internet, check out a pair of our headphones at the front desk.  The bottom line is that we want you to learn however you learn best: whether it’s with a group or by yourself.  The main library supports a quiet scholarship, but our study rooms allow for learning through collaboration and conversation.

#4. We’re more than just books.

Do you need to charge your iPhone or do an assignment using Visual Studio or other unique software?  Do you have to use a peer reviewed article for an assignment and don’t know where to get one?  Do you just want to watch the final season of Breaking Bad while also reading a few graphic novels over Spring break?   At Reynolds library, books are just a fraction of the content that we offer.  Nowadays, we focus most of our budget on licensing library databases.  Library databases provide quality online resources (articles originally published in print) that you can access 24/7 and anywhere you have an Internet connection.  We also provide some computers with software used in specific classes.  Check out the full list here.  We also provide bestselling fiction books and popular videos for you to check out.   We want you to use this stuff!  If there’s anything that we don’t provide, let us know.  Though we may not be able to purchase all requests, we always welcome your input.

#3: We can save you money and time:

Have you ever done research on the Internet, discovered a potentially great article, clicked into it, and then gotten something like this:

Cost of article

Information, as you likely know, isn’t always free, especially when you are Googling it.  However, when you use library resources, you’ll never see a link like the one above, because you have access to millions of articles as a Reynolds student.  Even better, by using our library databases (instead of going to Google first) you’re less likely to get a paper that your professor is going to hand back to you with a low grade or a request to rewrite your paper.  (It always take more time to write a paper twice.)  Unfortunately, not everything about Reynolds library is free.  If you need to print at the library, make sure to bring two dollars in cash with you the first time you visit.  Our library staff will walk you through the process.

#2. We’re good at what we do:

Just a few more facts about our library databases: we subscribe to over a hundred databases and we pay a ton of money to provide access to them. Unfortunately, library databases can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming.  Enter the Reynolds librarian (who you can find at the Reference Desk at all three campuses)!   There is always a Reynolds librarian on duty to help you and the good news is we’re trained to help you with your research and citation questions.  All Reynolds librarians have master’s degrees in library science, and we are skilled at finding great sources for your particular research needs.  Come to us first before you start writing your research paper to gather great sources.  Come to us later when you have completed a rough draft of your paper to get help with your MLA or APA citations.  Just ask us!  (And if you can’t come in personally, don’t hesitate to call us or use our 24/7 online reference service.)

#1. Your success is our number one priority.

Ask us who we work for, and you might think we’d say Reynolds Community College.  In reality many of us might say that we work for the students of Reynolds Community College; we work for you.  Librarians don’t have all the answers, but if you come to us with a question, any kind of question, know that we are going to help you solve it or to get you to the right person to help you solve it.  Why?  Because we know it’s sometimes hard to ask a question, that you may feel embarrassed or unsure.  But when you ask, we also know that you’re trying, that you care about your success and consequently we care too.  Good luck on your new semester, but please remember that you don’t have to do it on your own.

Research and Relax at Reynolds Library for Black History Month!

Click here to sample one of literally thousands of streaming videos for research AND relaxation during Black History Month…and beyond!

Baraka’s Tribute to His African Heritage

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In this clip from the library’s subscription database, Films On Demand, African-American writer, Amiri Baraka, uses his poetry to “teach, analyze, point out” . . . in this case, about the value of questioning as the path to wisdom, per his contemporary, James Baldwin.

Also, check out a sampling of our other resources on Black history available in a wide variety of formats including:

  • articles
  • audio broadcasts
  • books (print books as well as eBooks)
  • DVDs
  • images

When searching the library’s catalog or searching the library’s many databases, enter the name of the specific African American person or event in history that you are interested in. For a more general search, try terms such as “african american history” or “black history.”

All of these resources are available through Reynolds Library home page–to explore the words, the faces, the sounds, the art–the rich variety of black history in America.

Oxford Reference: Answers with Authority

Sometime you need a straightforward, short answer to a question…and you need it to be CORRECT!

Wikipedia is great for information on pop culture (think Doctor Who) but not so great for your papers and projects. For school, you need a scholarly source, but one that gives an outline of the subject.

Add Oxford Reference to your toolbox!

Oxford Reference includes:

  • Oxford Quick Reference. Quickly check a fact, or find out key information about a concept, person, or term. These dictionaries cover the humanities, the sciences, health and more!
  • Oxford Reference Library. Research a term, concept, or person in-depth with articles and essays. These encyclopedia entries give overviews, great for the beginning stages of your research.

Try Oxford Reference, a source you can trust.

Need help in citing your sources?

Do you still need help in citing your sources for end-of-semester research assignments?  Sign up for one of our 3 remaining Cite it Right library workshops:

Help with Research and Citations during Last Weeks of Semester

With the end of the semester just weeks away, you are probably feeling the weight of a significant amout of work ahead.overwhelmed_student

Do you need help with your research assignment?   With creating citations?

Stop by the Reference Desk at any of the JSRCC campus libraries to receive…personalized, one-on-one, expert assistance in finding, evaluating, and citing resources for your upcoming research paper or project.   We can help you find the sources you need for all those papers.  Citing sources for your “Works Cited”  page can also be tricky with lots of details.  We can help with that too!

If you need in-depth assistance (30-60 minutes), you can also schedule a free research consultation appointment with a Reference Librarian at any location.  You can always call us:

Some tips from the blog http://blog.chegg.com/2011/10/27/20-tips-for-managing-the-last-month-of-the-semester/may may help as it lists “20 Tips for Managing the Last Month of the Semester”.  Here are just a few:

  • Devote your time to the reading that really counts.
  • Plan to work harder to get it all done.
  • Look for the “plot” of the course.
  • Take advantage of review sessions, study guides and office hours.
  • Don’t blow off classes.

New tool for literary analysis

Computational Knowledge engine Wolfram|Alpha just announced that you can now analyze Shakespeare’s plays, as well as some other famous works of literature, including Moby Dick, Great Expectations, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

From their blog:

Entering a play into Wolfram|Alpha, like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, brings up basic information, such as number of acts, scenes, and characters. It also provides more in-depth info like longest word, most frequent words, number of words and sentences, and more. It’s also easy to find more specific information about a particular act or scene with queries like “What is the longest word in King Lear?”, “What is the average sentence length of Macbeth?”, and “How many unique words are there in Twelfth Night?”.

This is pretty exciting for literature fans and those assigned English analysis papers! For more examples, see their blog at http://blog.wolframalpha.com/2012/04/10/to-compute-or-not-to-compute-wolframalpha-analyzes-shakespeares-plays/