Monday, March 21st, 2011

Surprising truth about Wikipedia

Wikipedia is not verified, fact checked, or guaranteed to be true. Really. From Wikipedia: “It is in the nature of an ever-changing work like Wikipedia that, while some articles are of the highest quality of scholarship, others are admittedly complete rubbish. We are fully aware of this.” Researcher beware! With Wikipedia, anyone can change any [...]

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Black History Month: The Quilts of Gee’s Bend

Art or craft? History or bedspread? The Quilts of Gee’s Bend were never intended to be art; quilts are utilitarian items, based on patterns passed from mother to daughter. Courthouse Steps, Log Cabin and strip-piecing styles appear over and over, always with a twist. Instead of exactly replicating the pattern, Gee’s Bend quilters take the [...]

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

e-Textbooks: would YOU do it?

Kindle. Nook. iPad. Android Tablet…clearly the book is going digital. Can textbooks go digital too? Advantages: Lower cost Many books in one small, light package Allow bookmarking and highlighting One familiar tool to read them all Virginia State has recently provided their accounting students with free e-textbooks, citing the prohibitive cost of traditional textbooks. Wired [...]

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

New Research Tool: JSTOR

JSTOR (Journal Storage) is an electronic archive of academic journals. JTCC subscribes to four of JSTOR’s collections, which gives students and faculty to approximately 550 journals. The collections are particularly strong in the humanities, notably history, language, literature, political science, art, and philosophy. JSTOR journals work on a moving wall system; there is a time [...]

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Do your best: online study guides

Struggling with Pride and Prejudice? Have a class discussion on Hamlet and no idea what to say? Do a bit of extra reading and get the clues you need–free and online. A bit of reading and research can increase your understanding–and your grade! Check out the following websites for extra help: SparkNotes: No Fear Shakespeare! [...]

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Free citations!

Do we have your attention now? Preparing the bibliography of a paper can be a detailed and time-consuming process. BUT technology can make the process a bit less painful. The EBSCO databases have citations tools built into the system–use them! Below is a screen shot from a journal article from the database. The yellow page [...]

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Education, Education, keep fightin’ for it

“Did you see all the old folks in the Center, some older than me and I’m 57. The younger people come at night, they work in the day time.  Education, Education, keep fightin for it.” -From an interview with a woman in an adult education class at Abyssinia Baptist Church, West 130th Street, New York [...]

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Scholarly journals….what’s THAT!

Scholarly Journals are magazines that publish new findings, research and commentary from people in the academic field of study. Unlike popular magazines (like People or Sports Illustrated) scholarly journals have few photographs, have longer articles with in-depth analysis, and often treat a narrow element of a larger subject. Articles like this are excellent sources for [...]

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Heard any good books lately?

Bored with the same economic doom and gloom on the radio? Sick of the same tunes during your workout? Now you can laugh through your commute with David Sedaris or brush up on your French pronunciation while you hit the jogging trails. Check out an audio book! John Tyler now has audio books available on [...]