Lunch and Learn Library Style: Library Top Ten For Faculty!

Our first Lunch and Learn Library Style was such a success that we decided to have another one!

Come and join the Reynolds Library Staff for lunch while you learn about our top ten resources for faculty. This session is open to all Reynolds faculty and PDO credit will be awarded to all attendees!



Los bibliotecarios participan de la conferencia lenguas extranjeras

Thank you in different languagesDenise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian at Reynolds Community College and Helen McKann, Librarian at John Tyler Community College attended the joint VCCS World Languages Peer Group / FLAVA (Foreign Language Association of Virginia) Conference in Williamsburg on September 26 to promote the VCCS Libraries many world language resources.  Over 700 foreign language instructors from across the state of Virginia including over 70 VCCS foreign language instructors attended the conference.

Instructors throughout the state dropped by the VCCS Libraries table to learn more about the variety of resources available that support each college’s foreign language curriculum including:

  • Print, eBooks, and audiobooks on how to learn a specific language
  • Films on Demand’s streaming video World Languages collection
  • Spanish and French databases available through EBSCOhost
  • Accessing international journal, magazine, and newspaper articles written in a specific language (e.g., Spanish, French) using the EBSCOhost and Factiva databases.

For more information check out the VCCS Libraries online World Languages Resources guide or contact the Reynolds Library.

New Databases @ Reynolds!

Reynolds library has recently licensed several excellent databases that will serve to support student success.


With Access World News students can search a comprehensive collection of newspapers (including the Richmond Times Dispatch).  Coverage is provided for —local, state, regional, national and international content and it includes almost one thousand hard-to-find local and regional titles, the majority of which are unavailable elsewhere.

America’s Historical Newspapers is an excellent resource for students seeking primary sources.  This databases chronicles three centuries of American history and provides content dating as far back as 1690 and as recently as the 1990’s.

National Geographic Archives provides full access to National Geographic magazine.  This is an amazing resource, not only for its thorough and in-depth journalism that NatGeo is known for, but also because all of its amazing pictures can be used for educational purposes.natgeo

Culture Grams is an easy-to-use database that captures vital statistics and unique cultural values of countries?  Do you want to know the literacy rate in Chad or the left expectancy in Mongolia?  Are you doing a PowerPoint and would like to use pictures capturing the day-to-day life of Bangladesh?  Start with Culture Grams.

Additionally, Reynolds has licensed Lippincott Nursing and Health Assessment videos

In sum, we’ve added some great resources for you and your students.  All four databases are available on and off campus; when coming in off-campus just enter your MyReynolds username and password.   And for regular access to all of our online resources, check out our A to Z list.

And if you have suggestions requests of databases or new materials, know that we’re here to support you and your students.



Research and Relax at Reynolds Library for Black History Month!

Click here to sample one of literally thousands of streaming videos for research AND relaxation during Black History Month…and beyond!

Baraka’s Tribute to His African Heritage


In this clip from the library’s subscription database, Films On Demand, African-American writer, Amiri Baraka, uses his poetry to “teach, analyze, point out” . . . in this case, about the value of questioning as the path to wisdom, per his contemporary, James Baldwin.

Also, check out a sampling of our other resources on Black history available in a wide variety of formats including:

  • articles
  • audio broadcasts
  • books (print books as well as eBooks)
  • DVDs
  • images

When searching the library’s catalog or searching the library’s many databases, enter the name of the specific African American person or event in history that you are interested in. For a more general search, try terms such as “african american history” or “black history.”

All of these resources are available through Reynolds Library home page–to explore the words, the faces, the sounds, the art–the rich variety of black history in America.

iPad and eBooks: Library in your Pocket

Library in your Pocket series: iPad and eBooks @ Reynolds Library

Check out how EBSCOhost eBooks work with your iPad!

Library in your Pocket: Go Mobile @ Reynolds Library Guide

The guide outlines how each type of Reynolds Library eBook works with iPad.

And also public library and open resources.

Questions? Contact us! Library staff are happy to help you one-on-one with your device or with any of our resources.

New: Literature Online (LION) and the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections

Image from Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections
Image from Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections

Reynolds Library, through our partnership with the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), has added two new databases for literary works and literary criticism: Literature Online (LION) and the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections.

Literature Online (LION)

LION is a fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 382 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.

  • More than 343,000 works of English, American, African American and Canadian poetry from the eighth century to the present day
  • More than 5,000 works of English and American drama from 1280 to 1915
  • More than 2,000 works of English and American prose from 1500 to 1914
  • Full text of over 350 literature journals
  • All 38 of Shakespeare’s plays in dramatized audio recordings
  • Nearly 900 Poets on Screen filmed readings
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Twentieth-Century Drama
  • African Writers Series
  • Twentieth-Century American Poetry, Second Edition

Chadwyck-Headley Literature Collections

Chadwyck-Headley Literature Collections adds more texts, including:

  • Bibliography of American Literature
  • Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare
  • The W.B. Yeats Collection


  1. Start at the library’s home page located at
  2. Click on the More Databases from the Popular Databases menu on left.
  3. When the A-Z Resource List appears, click on the alphabetical tab for the database from the list at the top of the screen [L (for LION) or C (for Chadwyck-Healey)].
  4. Click in the title/link of the database (Literature Online or Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections) from the alphabetical list.
  5. Begin browsing!

Questions? Contact us at

Transparent Languages – Trial August 1st to 30th


Beginning August 1st, Reynolds Libraries will have trial-access to Transparent Languages. This online software offers self-study courses in over a hundred languages. Additionally, Transparent Languages provides access to thousands of sound-enhanced flash cards and translated conversations (with subtitles both in English and in the native language).

Would you instead like to learn on your mobile device? No problem; once logged in to Transparent Languages click on the “Go Mobile,” button and simply follow the steps to activate Transparent Language content on your phone. Reynolds Libraries only have trial access for thirty days, so check out Transparent Languages now.

1. Go to:
2. Click on the button, “Sign Up Now.”
3. Create a username and password.
4. Explore!

Quick Search @ Reynolds Library – a new way to find great sources

QuickSearch (Primo) is a new way to search multiple sources all at once.  Now, instead of going to one place to find books, another place to find journal articles, and yet another place to find videos, you can do a combined search and pull up a variety sources from a variety of places!


Where do you start?  Begin right at our library webpage and use the above search box!

More facts about QuickSearch:

  • By using something called “facets,” you can still filter and refine your results.  You can find sources by format (books, articles, videos), by publication date, by author, and even by the publisher. In other words, even though you often pull up a lot, you can still get exactly what you need.facets_quicksearch
  • You can sort your QuickSearch queries in several different ways: by relevance, by most recently published, by author, by title, even by popularity.  What is a popularity search?  It’s a search where the articles and books that have been used the most by others come up first in your search query.

popularity search

  • You can search QuickSearch in the same way that you search Google.  In the past, you may have been taught that you need to connect keywords by using the word AND.  In QuickSearch, you don’t have to do that.  Also, like Google, spelling errors won’t always ruin your effort.  This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t think about the keywords that you use, but it does mean that often a misspelled word, won’t stop you from pulling up some great sources.

So, check out QuickSearch or get more information here at Quick Search 101:   And if you have any questions, comments or great search techniques that you’d like to share, email a Reynolds librarian at

Practice Tests Available Online!


Check out LearningExpress Library, an online tool which includes more than 1000 practice tests & skills tutorials for academic career advancement & more than 200 ebooks designed to help students succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass.

LearningExpress Library will help you prepare for:

  • professional certification, licensing, & aptitude tests in a range of occupations: health care, civil service/government, law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, military, real estate, & more
  • college entrance exams – ACT & SAT
  • college Advanced Placement (AP) exams
  • GED test
  • graduate school admissions tests – GMAT, GRE, LSAT, & MCAT

LearningExpress Library will also help you improve:

  • workplace skills such as interviewing techniques, business writing including cover letters & resumes, & computer skills
  • proficiency levels in reading, writing, & math

LearningExpress Library provides access to:

  • Practice tests that mimic the timing, scoring, & format of official exams
  • Instant feedback & score reports to pinpoint strengths & weaknesses
  • Detailed answer explanations which allow for a better understanding of the subject matter
  • Instant essay scoring that enables writing skills improvement
  • Secure, individual user accounts to save work & access completed tasks & score history

To access LearningExpressLibrary from both on and off campus, you will need to set up your own personal account on a campus computer first. Drop by any JSRCC campus library reference desk if you need assistance in setting up your account or using Learning Express Library.

New trial database: Testing and Education Reference Center

The Testing and Education Reference Center from Gale is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.

  1. Over 300 practice tests and courses
  2. Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
  3. Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
  4. Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiation

Test preparation materials include:

Study Time by atconc on Flickr used under a Creative Commons License
Study Time by atconc on Flickr used under a Creative Commons License
  1. ASVAB
  2. CLEP
  3. GED
  4. MCAT
  5. Miller Analogies (MAT)
  6. NCLEX
  8. SAT
  9. TOEFL…and MORE!

Click the link to try the Testing and Education Reference Center; then vote below.

Note: trial is available on-campus only.