New Library Web Site 2/21/14

                    Even though the snow last week caused a bit of a delay, the new JTCC Libraries’ web site is ready to launch this Friday, February 21st!  Please visit the library site on or after Friday to find access to all your favorite resources right from the library homepage. The new site gives students instant access to top resources, library events and news, all JTCC's databases and tools, library staff information, and much more!   While the new page may have a new look and feel, all…continue reading →

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 →

Wholesome goodness in every book!

Feeling bombarded by food advice? Looking to improve your diet? Confused about what makes a healthy diet? Not sure where to turn or who to trust for nutritional guidance? The John Tyler Community College libraries have –er, cooked up something for you. Whether you need help with dietary restrictions due to diabetes, gluten intolerance, or food allergies or you just want to improve your life through diet here are some books you can tuck into. For diabetes control: The blood sugar solution cookbook:  more than 175 ultra-tasty recipes for total health and weight…continue reading →

The Great Gatsby

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father told me something that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.” With the release of the movie are you thrilled by all things Gatsby? If so, you might want to check out the Princeton University Digital Library. You can view F. Scott Fitzgerald’s manuscript—in its original longhand form. (Fitzgerald used not a computer, not a typewriter, not even a pen to write. The manuscripts you can see are written in pencil.) The Princeton Digital Library has high-resolution digital images of The Great…continue reading →

Listen to This!

Whew! After a week of dystopia it is time for the Dangerous Library Book Pushers to feature some (possibly) lighter reading fare. In fact, these suggestions are so light you won’t even have to pick them up! What I have in mind are e-audiobooks. What could be better for long car trips to vacation destinations or even short hops between work and home? With your MyTyler log-in and password you can choose from over 1,000 e-audiobook titles as well as music and videos. Your log-in will allow you to check-out up to 4…continue reading →

Science and Beauty

Q: What Hollywood movie star of the 1930s and 40s known for her pin-up posters during World War II developed the technology that makes wireless communication possible today? A: Hedy Lamarr, once considered the most beautiful woman in the world and star of Samson and Delilah and Ziegfeld Girls invented and patented a frequency-hopping device that allowed torpedoes to be remotely controlled and today allows for multi-channel digital communications. Her invention, part of the war effort to defeat the Nazis was so militarily sensitive that the patent remained classified until 1985. March honors…continue reading →

So you want to be President…

Or a teacher or an artist or a nurse or maybe you don’t even know what you want to be when you “grow up.” Because that is one of the toughest decisions you will ever make and there are so many paths to choose this is a good time for you to examine your options closely. Fortunately there are lots of resources to support your investigations. If you have taken SDV100 you are probably familiar with Ginny and the Virginia Education Wizard. Some other websites that offer career advice and planning are: CareerOneStop…continue reading →

Spot the International Space Station

  “Hey, Timon, ever wonder what those sparkly dots are up there?” “Pumbaa, I don't wonder; I know.” “Oh. What are they?” “They're fireflies. Fireflies that, uh... got stuck up on that big bluish-black thing.” “Oh, gee. I always thought they were balls of gas burning billions of miles away.” “Pumbaa, with you, everything's gas.” Neither a firefly nor a ball of gas, the International Space Station is the third largest visible object in the night sky after the sun and the moon according to NASA. On a clear night it is easy…continue reading →

Magic Mathematics?

The library is probably not the first place you think of when you are struggling with math and while we can’t perform magic we might just have the next best thing. From arithmetic to fractals the library has resources to help you. If you are a visual learner check out our DVDs and streaming videos. If you want a print format we have that too. So have a look at these library resources to help you get over your numbers roadblock. Books 501 math word problems Calculus II for dummies The smart guide…continue reading →

New Year, New Semester, New You

The Dangerous Library Book Pushers welcome you to the first day of classes for Spring Semester 2013! Is it time for you to make some resolutions for the New Year and new semester? Here are some suggestions for making this your best year ever: Did you know that sharing your goals can help you maintain your resolutions? Try adding your intentions to the Google interactive resolution map on the Google Zeitgeist page. Undecided on a resolution? Try the 2013 Resolution Generator. Each click gives you a new goal. You could “Eat a Mango”…continue reading →