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