Monday, November 28th, 2011

Wolfram Alpha: POWER SEARCHING

If you wanted an answer to a question the old model was: look it up in a book. The newer model says: Google it. An even newer model directs you to Wolfram Alpha, a computational knowledge engine. What is the difference? A search engine such as Google or Bing scans web pages and returns links [...]

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Research it RIGHT! Tips for students

Preparing for a research paper this semester? Here are some tips on preparing, researching, and citing for your work. Prepare for research! Give yourself time to gather information before trying to write (don’t count on the resources being available a day or two before due dates…)! Plan ahead- schedule time to sit somewhere quiet (the [...]

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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 [...]

Monday, September 5th, 2011

World’s Newest Country: South Sudan

On July 9, 2011 just 5 days after the U.S. celebrated its 235 birthday the newest country, South Sudan, declared independence from its northern neighbor, Sudan. According to the CIA World Factbook, “when Sudan gained its independence in 1956, it was with the understanding that the southerners would be able to participate fully in the [...]

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

This Valentine’s Day (and every day) love learning at JTCC library

John Tyler debuts the new library site on Monday, February 14. The site was redesigned with students’ questions in mind. How do I print? How do I find a book? Where are the scholarly journals? New features: Built-in search boxes for books and articles Integrated chat feature–IM a librarian! Mobile-friendly–research with your phone, anywhere We [...]

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 [...]

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

MLA 2009 Update

The Modern Language Association published a major update of the manual this year. MLA style is a popular citation style at John Tyler; this change will affect multiple disciplines. This 7th edition has changed the rules for citing sources to make things clearer in electronic sources and bibliographies. No underlining. MLA now asks for italicizing [...]

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Read All About It!

Get the full story when you search for articles–ask for full text. Thousands of articles are available for free through the library’s EBSCO databases, but you have to know how to ask for them. To find the entire article when searching, click the Full Text box in the main search page. (Check here for an [...]

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 [...]