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 →

Mobile Apps for Study and Research Part 2

Yesterday we explored mobile apps recommended for John Tyler Students. Today's post includes apps of interest to all students and researchers. Recommended Mobile Apps for Research in Periodicals and Scholarly Journals         EBSCOHOST: EBSCOHOST's mobile app gives you a clean interface for browsing, reading, saving and sending articles from all of EBSCOHOST's databases. You will need to log-in using your MyTyler username and password. Mendeley: Mendeley is a free app for managing and sharing academic research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. IOPScience Express: IOPScience Express allows users to…continue reading →

Mobile Apps for Study and Research Part 1

Today we begin a three-part post on mobile apps of interest to the John Tyler community. When using your smartphone or tablet, mobile apps can be an advantage for studying and researching when you aren't near a computer.  Mobile apps are specifically designed to view on a smartphone or tablet; they usually have a clean design and larger text, making the site easier to operate on a small screen. All of these apps are free to download.  Some may require registration. Recommended Mobile Apps for John Tyler Students Blackboard Mobile Learn: This app…continue reading →

TED Talks now on Films on Demand

The streaming video subscription service newly added to the John Tyler roster of databases Films on Demand, recently included more than 200 of the popular TEDTalks with more to come. TED, according to the website, is “a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.” Begun in 1984 TED stands for the intersection of Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The 1100+ TEDTalks range from funny to inspirational and from persuasive to informative. Films on Demand can be found on the library database page and may be access with your MyTyler login. Do you need any more…continue reading →

E-Reading Euphoria

Are you now the proud owner of an electronic reader? Are you looking for a source of free books to download to your reader? Look no further than the John Tyler Community College Library website! To make your downloading experience even easier I created this “recipe” for adding books to my Barnes and Noble Nook. See if it will work for you. Starting at the John Tyler Community College Library website I found the green bar that says “Find Articles.” I clicked the green bar then clicked “databases.” Under “Frequently Used Databases” I…continue reading →

Now showing: High quality streaming video!

Films on Demand, a service of Films for the Humanities, a leading provider of high quality educational videos is now available through the John Tyler Library. With 9,000 full-length videos and 100,000 clips covering 24 subject areas ranging from mathematics to music from history to biology there is something for everyone. Students can stream video to their home computer (with MyTyler log-in), instructors can show films to their classes or link clips to Blackboard. Some examples of the videos available in the Films on Demand database: Tolkien's Monsters (Cultural Anthropology, World Literature) Where…continue reading →

Read all about it! Historic newspapers @ Library of Congress

Ever wondered what happened on this day in 1915?  Travel back in time using the Library of Congress online historic newspapers! LOC digitally archives newspapers from all over the US; read the real paper--ads included.  Get firsthand accounts of historic events, like the election of Abraham Lincoln or the sinking of the RMS Lusitania (which brought America into the first World War.) Check out local papers that are no longer in circulation.  The Richmond Planet was the oldest African-American newspaper to be published AND it was started right here in Richmond.  Don’t miss…continue reading →

Vintage books from PsychNet: How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis was a reformer, journalist and photographer who lived and worked at the turn of the 20th century. His stories and photographs chronicled the desperate poverty of tenement dwellers. Riis's work brought the hidden world of urban slums to middle class eyes--and to those of political leaders like Theodore Roosevelt. His work led to reforms in building codes, child labor laws, and schools. Read the book--and see the fascinating photographs--for yourself. How the Other Half Lives is full of real-life details told in a straighforward style. It also contains the tenement photographs for which…continue reading →