Category Archives: Information

Explore Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an internet-based digital library of education research and information. ERIC provides access to 1.5 million bibliographic records (citations, abstracts, and other pertinent data) of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added every week. A portion of the items is a collection of publication types which includes reports (annual, research, technical, etc.), working papers, and evaluations focused on the subject of education. Approximately one quarter of the complete ERIC Collection is available in full text. Materials with no full text available (primarily journal articles) can often be accessed using links to publisher websites and/or library holdings.

How can you use ERIC?

The ERIC collection includes bibliographic records (citations, abstracts, and other pertinent data) and/or full-text articles for 1.5 million items:

  • journal articles;
  • books;
  • research syntheses;
  • conference papers;
  • technical reports
  • policy papers; and
  • other education-related materials

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

Explore eLibrary

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Have you checked out ProQuest’s eLibrary yet? eLibrary delivers one of the largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content designed to support a range of users, including dual credit students, college students, and professional educators. eLibrary’s updated interface and features make research easy. Students and Faculty will find the answers they need from more than 2,090 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcript titles, plus a collection of over 7 million maps, pictures, weblinks, and audio/video files.

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eLibrary helps simplify the research process and empowers novice researchers to more easily and efficiently choose their research topic and find authoritative information to support their research claim. It delivers one of the largest collections of periodical and digital media content editorially selected to support novice researchers. Presented on the award-winning ProQuest platform, eLibrary offers two methods of access: a custom Guided Research application, and as part of the unified platform, assuring fit-for-purpose use. The responsively-designed user interface offers access on any device at any time. and, users can cross-search eLibrary with other ProQuest databases!

How can you use eLibrary?

  • Editors’ Picks and Trending Topics help you explore and get started with research
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Media-rich content
  • Cross-search other ProQuest resources
  • Easily export citations
  • Support all users with Lexile reading levels, text-to-speech, language translation

You can access eLibrary from this blog post or from our Databases page.

Contributed by Library Specialist William Heinrich.

Database Spotlight

Explore EBSCO’s LearningExpress Library

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Need to prepare for an occupational board exam, including NCLEX or TExES? Check out the practice exams in the LearningExpress Library database. New Users must create an account for the site in order to save their work, store score reports, and revisit any practice tests, tutorials, or eBooks. Registration only requires a valid email address and a password. This resource offers many other practice tests — explore!

How can you use LearningExpress?

  • Easy to follow video tutorials
  • Practice tests are based on real exams
  • Responsive design for use on desktop computers and mobile devices
  • Take practice exams either at your own pace or timed
  • Unlimited downloads for eBook content
  • Exams are accessible to all users, regardless of disability status.
LearningExpress Homepage

You can access LearningExpress from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell.

Database Spotlight – Films on Demand

Have you checked out Films on Demand  yet? At Films On Demand, content matters. Their video library has been assembled not just with a focus on volume, but also with a discerning eye for quality and relevance. It is the result of decades of careful curating with a single guiding principle: providing every academic department on campus with the most essential video titles for their field of study. We have access to a huge collection of films and documentaries, ranging from publishers like HBO, Arte France, CNBC, PBS, and The History Channel. You can browse the collection by subject, recently added, video type (i.e. Documentary, feature film, animation, newsreel), original language, and features of the month.

How can you use Films on Demand?

  • Find inspiration and material for research papers and presentations
  • Captioning and interactive, searchable transcripts on all titles
  • Keyword tags for all content, linking to related material
  • Follow up on a clip used by a professor in class and watch the rest of the video
  • Get citations for all videos in MLA, Chicago, Harvard, and APA formats, with up-to-date citation creation and export
  • View videos anywhere, 24/7

You can access Films on Demandfrom his blog post or from our Databases page.

* Please note: to access databases off campus, you will need to enter your STC username and password.

Contributed by Library Specialist William Heinrich.

2018 Veterans Expo

Please join us, Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the South Texas College Pecan Campus Library for the 2018 Veteran’s Expo.  Come learn about the services provided by STC to help you succeed.  Some participating agencies will be:

  • Texas Veterans Commission
  • Employers seeking Veterans
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • American Legion
  • Family Endeavors
  • VIDA
  • UTRGV TRANSITION
  • and much more……….

All Students, Staff, Faculty and Veterans Welcome!!!!

For more information please contact Mr. Jessie Luna at 956-872-2606

Recharge at the Library and CLE with Free Coffee and Popcorn during Finals Week!

To help make finals a little easier, the South Texas College Libraries and Centers for Learning Excellence (Tutoring) will be offering FREE coffee and popcorn during Finals Week!

Throughout the week the Pecan and Starr Campus libraries, and the CLEs, will be brewing fresh pots of coffee. The Mid-Valley, Nursing & Allied Health, and Technology Campus libraries will be popping fresh popcorn each day. See the flyers below for more information.

Good luck during Finals!

Pecan Campus

 Mid-Valley Campus

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Nursing & Allied Health Campus

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Technology Campus

Starr Campus

“False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources”

When searching for information online, it can sometimes be challenging to identify reputable resources. There are many websites that might appear legitimate, but they might actually post fake or misleading information alongside accurate information. What steps can be taken to help sort through potentially misleading information?

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*Note – Numbers represent categories explained in the full document linked below.

Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, put together a publicly available Google Document cataloging “False, misleading, clickbait-y and satirical ‘news’ sources.”  The document offers up sites that are known aggregators – they take news stories from other sources and rewrite them with more inflammatory headlines and without contextual facts. The document also lists some tips for analyzing news sources, and for how people can identify potentially fake news. Things like strange domain names, unusual domain extensions, and using ALL CAPS should be warning signs.

 

To see the document in full, please follow this link: False, misleading, clickbait-y and satirical ‘news’ sources

Contributed by Library Specialist, William Heinrich