Embrace a New Database

If you attended a library instruction session no doubt you were introduced to the database Academic Search Complete. That is because Academic Search Complete covers such a huge range of research needs. From political science to philosophy, dermatology to diabetes, geography to giant squids Academic Search Complete (ASC) usually has you covered. However, ASC is not the only game in town research-wise. There are other resources for your papers and presentations that present information in highly readable, easily searchable formats that even include tools for citations. Here are some resources you might want…continue reading →

Back to School 2013

Welcome to Fall 2013 at the John Tyler Community College Libraries! Are you ready to make this your best year ever? The libraries at JTCC can help! We have many of the tools and resources you need to succeed. A quick overview of what you can find at both campus libraries: Books and More: Use the classic catalog to find Books both printed and electronic. Videos both DVDs and streaming from Films on Demand. Use the databases to find journals and other periodicals (magazines). Or try a new way to search that combines…continue reading →

How to hit the books before they hit back

Whether you are coming to college for the first time, coming back after summer break or even restarting after a long absence you might find that your study skills could use a little polish. The library has just the right book to help you make the most of your college experience. With little more than a week left before the start of class now is the time to check out one of these titles and have your study skills perfected by August 21. Choosing success in community college and beyond / Rhonda Atkinson…continue reading →

Clench Your Fist to Get an A

It’s true! At least according to a study published in the online journal PLOSone (the Public Library of Science) and titled Getting a Grip on Memory: Unilateral Hand Clenching Alters Episodic Recall.  Researchers Ruth E. Propper, Sean E. McGraw, and Michael Weiss of the Department of Psychology, Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey; and Tad T. Brunyé of the Psychology Department, Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts conducted a study to determine if fist clenching could improve memory. Participants were divided into several groups. One group was given a rubber ball to squeeze…continue reading →

How’s your Golgi apparatus?

Are life sciences getting you down? The library has resources to help you study and learn. Some resources may be just a click away. On the web you can find: Scritable, a web site developed by Nature magazine with information on cell biology, genetics, and other life sciences. DavidRothman.net with links to medical illustrations. Innerbody.com for easy to understand, colorful anatomy illustrations. Study stack for flash cards in biology and many other subjects. Try the stack at the end of this post to test your knowledge of cell biology. Click the card for…continue reading →

That’s Delicious!

The John Tyler Libraries have complied a great collection of links to websites handy for students and researchers. Whether you are looking for citation help (Purdue OWL) or information on different countries (CIA World Factbook) or something else these links can save you time searching the web. They can be found by clicking the Delicious icon on our webpage (right beside the WordPress link!). Here are some additional links you might enjoy: ArtCyclopedia Thousands of links to images and articles about artists and their works. Bio-Web “Your source for Molecular and Cell Biology-Bioinformatics-Technology…continue reading →

Woody Guthrie at 100

From California to the New York Island and beyond music lovers are noting the 100th anniversary of the birth of American singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie. From his beginnings in Oklahoma until his death from the incurable degenerative neurological disorder Huntington’s Disease in 1967 Guthrie was noted for not only his prolific songwriting but also his support of laborers and farm workers in particular. Like his contemporary John Steinbeck, Guthrie bore witness to the Dustbowl migration of Oklahoma farmers (Okies) to the fertile fields of California and to the prejudice the Okies suffered.…continue reading →

Old Newspapers

Want to travel to the past? You can by reading a century-old issue of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Without leaving your home you can view issues from 1903-1913 through the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America project. The database includes papers published between 1836 and 1922 throughout the U.S. And just to illustrate how history sometimes repeats itself, check out the July 11, 1912 edition of the TD. It includes a story of the bitter resignation of a university president who clashes with the Board of Visitors. This time the conflict was at Virginia Tech.…continue reading →

Coming Up: Library Workshops!

Time to brush up on your research skills and maybe get a little SDV credit! Join us for some awesome workshops! Wednesday, June 13  11:30am   Find It, Cite It                                    Midlothian Library lab Tuesday, June 19         4:00pm     Is This Any Good? Evaluating Library Research   Midlothian Library lab Wednesday June 20  10:00am    The Nuts & Bolts of Research   Chester Campus, Trailer E-1 Wednesday, June 20  1:00pm     Is This Any Good? Evaluating Library Research   Midlothian Library lab Thursday June 21      10:00am      Untangling the Web                    Chester Campus, Trailer E-1…continue reading →

Mobile Apps for Study and Research Part 3

In the previous two posts we have explored mobile apps of use to John Tyler students as well as apps for researchers and other students. In this third and last post we look at some great apps for book lovers, history buffs and others.     Recommended Mobile Apps for eBooks and Audiobooks  Google Play Books:  Google Play Books makes it easy to search and browse for thousands of classic, out-of-copyright titles that can be downloaded for free and read on your mobile device. iBooks:  iBooks is Apple's version of a mobile eBook…continue reading →