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 →

Some Library Resources at a Standstill

                    Having problems accessing certain materials through the databases and online article indexes?  Thousands of students, researchers, and academics across the country are having the same issues.  Due to the federal government shutdown, many of the online resources used by John Tyler students and staff are being affected by the closures.  Some popular sites are available with limited materials and updates, while others are completely closed down.  The restricted access during this period has caused interruptions to full-text materials and error messages for many…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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

April is National Poetry Month

“April is the cruelest month” begins T. S. Eliot’s famous poem The Waste Land. But April is actually pretty kind, at least to poetry, because in 1996 the American Academy of Poets established April as National Poetry Month making it a great time to find great new poetry or remember your old favorites. The library has anthologies of classic poetry and volumes of contemporary poetry. In fact, John Tyler Community College even has a published poet among our faculty. Angela Vogel, a lecturer in the English department has written Fort Gorgeous and Social…continue reading →

How does your garden grow?

Or should I ask does your garden grow? Here in central Virginia we have had colder than normal temperatures this spring. Despite that the longer hours of daylight have many people thinking of planting, tilling and eventually reaping a bountiful harvest. Gardening tips abound both on the web and in print. The Virginia Cooperative Extension, part of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, has tons of information on gardening and landscaping for both homeowners and farmers. It also has links to county extension offices including… the Chesterfield County Extension Office which is offering…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 →