All posts by Elizabeth Hollenbeck

Explore Today’s Science

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Database Spotlight


Today’s Science
features thousands of original articles written by scientists and science journalists in easy-to-understand language, based on the most current peer-reviewed journal articles. The in-depth coverage spans important advances in biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics, and technology. An extensive backfile illustrates how one scientific advance leads to another; the stories focus on the questions scientists ask themselves and, in doing so, reinforce science educators’ traditional emphasis on the scientific method.

What does Today’s Science provide?

  • Video News Briefs: bite-size science info that uses real-world examples to teach applied science
  • Research Topics: summaries of key topics to jump-start research; plus, a complete, hyperlinked Topic Index
  • Discussion questions: designed to encourage critical thinking about each article
  • Pop-up glossary: putting 7,000+ important science terms at students’ fingertips, promoting science literacy
  • Educator & student tools: writing and research tips for students and educators

You can access Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Ana Naumann.


Explore History Study Center

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Database Spotlight


History Study Center
is an online resource providing a vast collection of digitized primary and secondary sources for the study of history. It is suitable for a wide range of uses, from students looking for quick and reliable facts on a historical topic, to examining hard-to-find primary source texts. History Study Center covers global history from ancient times to the present day. Contents include reference books, essays, journal articles, historical newspaper and magazine articles, maps, rare books, government documents, transcripts of historical speeches, images and video clips. It provides over 40,000 documents and articles, with over 50 reference works, 3,000 images and links to 2,000 Web sites.

What does History Study Center provide?

  • Study Units: selected material on over five hundred historical topics. More about Study Units
  • Historical Documents: hundreds of primary source texts from historical sourcebooks. Sourcebook details for reference articles, maps and historical documents.
  • Maps and Reference: thousands of maps, articles and biographies from historical atlases and encyclopedias. Sourcebook details for reference articles, maps and historical documents.
    Also included are Topic Overviews, essay-length introductions to historical themes and texts. More about topic overviews
  • Multimedia: images and video clips, all captioned to provide historical context, plus links to selected Web sites of interest to historians. More about Multimedia Collections
  • Journals: Full text articles from over 70 journals relevant to history. Journal details

You can access History Study Center from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Ana Naumann.


Explore Home Improvement Reference Center

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Database Spotlight


Home Improvement Reference Center
is a full text database designed for use in public and school libraries. Content contained in the database will focus on home improvement and home repair. The main navigation will direct researchers to high-quality repair information. Thousands of repairs will be available in the areas of outdoor projects, electrical projects, remodeling projects, plumbing projects, wood projects, decorating projects and maintenance. In addition to the repair information, other magazines and reference books focusing on home improvement will be included in the database. The intent of this new product is to provide full text articles that show instructions, tips, and suggestions for a variety of home improvement projects.

What does Home Improvement Reference Center provide?

  • Step by step instructions are provided in high-quality PDF files
  • Magazine and reference books are included
  • Conduct keyword search or browse project categories
  • Set up a personal account through STC and save your searches
  • Set up search alerts: new search results can be sent as an automatic email notification

You can access Home Improvement Reference Center from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Ana Naumann.


Black History Month Virtual Event: “Learning to Love Lincoln”

A recording of this lecture is now available: https://youtu.be/0Zvas_1Q0GM

STC Library presents scholar, author, and professor Diana Schaub of Loyola University Maryland, who will be discussing Frederick Douglass’s speech, “Oration in Memory of Lincoln.”

“Having originally been a severe critic of Abraham Lincoln, the radical abolitionist Frederick Douglass grew to appreciate Lincoln’s prudential statesmanship. In his 1876 “Oration in Memory of Lincoln” he recapitulated that intellectual and emotional journey for the benefit of all Americans.”

All are invited to read this important, captivating speech by Frederick Douglass prior to the event. The speech is available to STC students, faculty, and staff through STC library’s ebook collection at this link, and also available to the general public here.

Explore Artstor

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Database Spotlight


Artstor
provides faculty and students with a complete image resource that supports study across disciplines. The Artstor Digital Library provides straightforward access to curated images from reliable sources that have been rights-cleared for use in education and research. You are free to use them in classroom instruction and handouts, presentations, student assignments, and other noncommercial educational and scholarly activities. It’s easy to find related material, which makes the difficult task of building context and finding comparisons much simpler. Faculty can also ensure their students are working with the appropriate images by sharing their course material in image groups.

What does Artstor provide?

  • Approximately 300 collections composed of over 2.5 million images (and growing)
  • Images come with high-quality metadata from the collection catalogers, curators, institutions, and artists
  • Artstor LibGuides tailored for librarians, faculty, higher ed, and secondary school students to get started–or become experts–using the Artstor Digital Library
  • Curriculum Guides include selected images for teaching courses curated by experts in their field with a course syllabus outlining topics and themes, a set of images for each theme, and a description of how the images can be used in that course
  • 22 Subject Guides highlight collections, search strategies and search terms to help users across disciplines find relevant content in the Artstor Digital Library

You can access Artstor from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Ana Naumann.


Family Reading Night 2020

South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus Library will once again host the annual “Family Reading Night” event on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 4 (outside of the Library’s west side entrance by the book drop).

This year we have transformed the event into a drive-by parade, and are requiring face coverings as well as following social distancing guidelines for the well-being of students, faculty, staff, and community users.  The night’s festivities include a book distribution by South Texas Literacy Coalition via curbside.

This free event, which is open to the public, is held in conjunction with Reading Week. We know that the event cannot be structured the same as past years, but we believe this event is very important and have developed a plan to continue this tradition.

“We want to help children develop a love of reading and to encourage Valley parents to read with their children,” said Lillian Carrillo, Mid-Valley Campus Librarian. “Our college’s libraries are a gateway to the community, and we hope that participants will not only take advantage of these fun activities, but also learn more about some of the great services that the college has to offer.”

The library is located in Building E1.200 at 400 N. Border in Weslaco. For more information about the event contact Lillian Carrillo at 956-447-6663.

Family Reading Night 2020

Database Spotlight for AtoZ Food America

Explore AtoZ Food America

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

 
AtoZ Food America contains recipes in all course categories (appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, snacks, and beverages) for six US regions, all 50 states, and 33 ethnic cuisines. This database covers food culture with articles such as Classic Dishes, State Foods, Top Agricultural Products, Special Occasion Foods, Ethnic and Geographic Influences, Special Ingredients, and Food Trivia. AtoZ Food America is mobile friendly and will automatically adapt to the screen size of any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

What does AtoZ Food America provide?

  • Contains over 2,500 Recipes
  • Ability to create a Personal Recipe Book
  • Students can use AtoZ Food America to find information on food culture and recipes for report writing
  • Access to classic recipes for every region, state, and ethnic cuisine
  • Culinary schools use AtoZ Food America as a research tool for both recipes and food culture

You can access AtoZ Food America from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Ana Naumann.


Transforming Our World: Through Poetry

In conjunction with the Library Art Gallery’s virtual artist lecture series, “Transforming Our World: The Changing Climate,” we will continue the conversation through a series of live poetry workshops, and we invite members of the community to submit poetry throughout the Fall semester. One of the overarching themes of both series is how creative expression can be a means of understanding the changes around us and coping with stress, especially in our current climate of the Covid-19 pandemic.

At these live poetry workshop sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on the changes they are seeing and experiencing, and try their hand at creating “flash” or spontaneous poetry in response to a prompt.  The three poetry workshops will center around the first three themes explored by the virtual artist lectures:  Environmental, Political, and Social changes.

Join the conversation at the dates and times below:

  • September 10th, at 3:00pm – Environmental Change – View recording on YouTube.
  • October 8th, at 3:00pm – Political Change – View the recording on Facebook.
  • November 12th, at 3:00pm – Social Change – View the recording on Facebook.

Additionally, STC Library will be producing an anthology of community poetry titled, “Transforming Our World: The Changing Climate,” that will include poetry submitted by students, faculty, staff, and the community.  Poetry submissions will be accepted on the themes of “Environmental Change,” “Political Change,” and “Social Change,” during periods listed below. Submissions will then be compiled into a digital anthology and made available for download.

September 10 – December 10:  Poetry Submission Form for Environmental Theme
October 8 – December 10:  Poetry Submission form for Political Theme
November 12 – December 10:  Poetry Submission form for Social Theme

Note: Submission forms for each of the three themes will be available during the corresponding dates.

Poetry Submission Guidelines:

  • One poetry submission per person, per theme.
  • Authors must be a minimum of age 6 to submit their work.
  • Poetry submissions must relate to the given themes.
  • Poetry submissions must not be previously published.
  • Poetry submissions must be appropriate for all ages – no foul language, no graphic/explicit depictions of violence or sex will be accepted.
  • By submitting a poem, you and/or your legal guardian agree to allow STC Library to include your work in the anthology, and to make reproductions in part or in whole with author credit as needed for marketing and promotional activities related to the anthology, without compensation.
  • Submissions must be typewritten.
  • Poems up to fifty (50) lines maximum will be accepted, and must not exceed this limit.
  • Only the first 300 poems submitted that meet all the above criteria will be accepted, per theme.
  • Poetry submissions by STC students, faculty, or staff will have an indicator in the anthology.

 

American Sign Language

Interview with American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies Program Faculty

South Texas College Librarian Angelica Maria Garcia had the opportunity to sit down with Jovonne Delgado and Jorge Solis, faculty members from American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies Program to learn more about the different pathways one can take if interested in obtaining a certificate in Deaf Support Specialist or Trilingual Interpreter Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science in American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies Specialization.

 

Interested in taking the journey through the American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies program? Find out more on information on their department website!

Explore Credo Reference

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

 
We currently find ourselves in an era of unprecedented access to information; however, successfully navigating this ocean of data requires a strong foundation of information literacy skills. Credo Reference is an information skills solutions provider that serves libraries worldwide.

Credo Reference is an information skills solutions provider that serves libraries worldwide. We build platforms and instructional materials that enable the flexible configuration of content, technology, and services for the purpose of connecting learners, faculty and teachers, librarians, and publishers. Credo promotes knowledge building, problem-solving and critical thinking to give people the information skills necessary for success throughout their academic, professional, and personal lives.

What does Credo Reference provide?

  • More than 3.8 million full-text articles from 133 publishers.
  • Quick research tutorials
  • Mind Maps available for most topics to assist with finding related topics
  • Large collection of images and maps
  • Easy to use citation tools, and read aloud functionality

You can access Credo Reference from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Sabrina De Anda.