Category Archives: Databases

Explore OverDrive

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight


OverDrive
is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. They deliver the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 50,000 libraries and schools in 78 countries. OverDrive is compatible with every major device on the market, which allows you to enjoy titles from the library’s digital collection.

What does Libby by OverDrive provide?

  • Enjoy eBooks and audiobooks on your personal device
  • Receive the same experience on all devices
  • Customizable browsing options to find books faster
  • Support for eBook highlights and annotations
  • Custom lists for tagging books you love and want to read
  • Direct support for everyone provided by OverDrive

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


Explore JoVE

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight


JoVE
produces and provides science videos to help improve scientific research and education. Scientists, educators and students at a wide range of universities, colleges, hospitals and biopharmaceutical companies worldwide use JoVE for their research, teaching and learning. JoVE films videos at the world’s top scientific institutions showcasing cutting-edge experiments enabling efficient learning. The JoVE educational videos empower effective teaching of science concepts and laboratory methods in undergraduate and graduate courses at universities and colleges.

What does JoVE  provide?

  • Produces thousands of new videos every year
  • Videos enable quick in-depth comprehension of complex STEM subjects
  • Helps increase student engagement and learning outcomes
  • Supports innovative teaching initiatives (i.e., flipped classroom)
  • First and only peer-reviewed scientific video journal
  • Publishes more than 100 new videos each month

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


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.


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.


Explore Science Direct

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

 
Have you explored Science Direct yet? Science Direct has a vast collection of journals and eBooks in the sciences and humanities field. Built on the widest range of trusted, high-quality, interdisciplinary research, ScienceDirect helps you find answers to your most pressing research questions, stay on top of your field and gain in-depth insights into trending research topics as you take your next steps in discovery. ScienceDirect provides access to more than 16 million articles, 2,500 journals, 250 full open access journals, 39,000 books and 330,000 topic pages to help researchers discover more insights, achieve more breakthroughs and move their research forward.

When researchers encounter unknown terms and concepts, they require contextual knowledge to move forward. ScienceDirect Topics help researchers on the path to discovery by connecting them to key topics and critical context sources that are vital to their understanding. ScienceDirect Topics combines cutting-edge technology with essential content to enhance the research process. They make it simpler for researchers to explore comprehensive and credible interdisciplinary research and knowledge.

What does Science Direct provide?

  • More than 2,500 peer-reviewed technical, health and scientific journals spanning 24 scientific disciplines
  • Reading History keeps track of your most recent viewed articles
  • Enhanced PDF article viewing that shows outlines, citations, recommendations, in-article references and author links
  • Refine your search by using subdomain for better results
  • Over 1.2 million articles on ScienceDirect are open access

You can access Science Direct from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Library Specialist, Michael Gutierrez.


Explore Directory of Open Access Journals

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

 
Have you explored the Directory of Open Access Journals yet? DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ covers the areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. All data is freely available. Primarily used to identify open access journal titles and forty percent of them are searchable at the article level. Journals can be browsed by title or by broad subject area. Articles are searchable by article author or title, ISSN, journal title, abstract, or key words. DOAJ’s mission is to increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals globally, regardless of discipline, geography or language.

What does DOAJ provide?

  • Search over 14,000 journals from over 133 countries
  • Over 4.8 million articles
  • 277 technology journals
  • Articles in Spanish
  • Peer-reviewed journals

You can access Directory of Open Access Journals from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Library Specialist, Michael Gutierrez.


Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month

April marks a time to increase the understanding and appreciation of mathematics and statistics. Why? Both subjects play a significant role in addressing many real-world problems — internet security, sustainability, disease, climate change, the data deluge, and much more. Research in these and other areas is ongoing, revealing new results and applications every day in fields such as medicine, manufacturing, energy, biotechnology, and business. Mathematics and statistics are important drivers of innovation in our technological world, in which new systems and methodologies continue to become more complex.

Whether you are looking for supplemental resources for your course or researching the application of mathematics and statistics in everyday life, the library has a variety of resources that demonstrates a connection to the fields and careers of Science, Industry, Business, and Technology. Click on any of the following links below to view a library database. If you are viewing a database from off-campus, you will be asked to enter your Jagnet username and password.

By utilizing Advanced Search options, users can access: documentaries, interview, mind maps, timelines, primary resources, peer reviewed journals, and biographies.

For detailed assistance, library staff can assist you via phone, chat, or email. We look forward to connecting with you!
Contributed by Librarian, Sara Martinez.

Earth Day 2020

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April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This year join in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day digitally at the Earth Day NetworkUS Fish & Wildlife ServiceNASANOAANational Park Service, and the EPA. 

Explore some of the information resources on the internet and library databases. Here are a few suggestions to get started. 

To learn more about the history of Earth Day. See: https://www.earthday.org/history/ 

Earth Day activities at Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=earth+day+2020+activities&ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp
%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Esearch
 

Check out the EarthxFilms that are available for free viewing: https://earthx.org/film/ 

LIVE: The Field Guide to Citizen Science–and other free resources from your library! View the recording of this presentation

Planet Earth: Seven Ways to Help Save the World (STC library database – Films on Demand)* 

Environmental Issues (STC library database – eLibrary)* 

 

 

* Please note: If you are off-campus, you will need to enter your JagNet username and password to access library databases. 

Earth Day image from Pressenza.

Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell 

Explore Digital Concert Hall

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

 
Imagine having a VIP ticket watch and listen to one of the top orchestras of the world, the Berliner Philharmoniker. That ticket is absolutely free in the form of access to the Digital Concert Hall made available to you through South Texas College Libraries. There are hundreds of exclusive classical concert videos, symphonies, and performances that span a wide array of classical periods. Digital Concert Hall can be viewed from most smart devices and computers.

What does Digital Concert Hall provide?

  • The great conductors and soloists of our time
  • More than 40 live broadcasts in High Definition every season
  • Hundreds of archive concerts covering six decades
  • Free interviews and concert introductions
  • Exciting documentaries and artist portraits
  • Free Education Programme concerts for the whole family

You can access Digital Concert Hall from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Library Specialist, Rick Rosales.


Explore HAPI

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

The Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) provides complete bibliographic citations to the contents of scholarly journals published around the world on Latin America and the Caribbean since the late 1960s. Our coverage includes everything from political, economic, and social issues to the arts and humanities. The database is a nonprofit project of the Latin American Institute, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Students and faculty in the Language & Cultural Studies program will find the database easy to navigate, with user-friendly features, such as video tutorials and detailed search tips with examples.

Unsure about what terminology to use or topics to search? Use the browse subject and related topics option for suggestions. Researchers are then given the option to limit by language, date range, full-text results, and searching only peer-reviewed journals. From the results page, researchers can select citations of interest for printing or to be sent to their email. Aside from providing citations, the database boasts that over 80 percent of their collection includes links to full-text resources.

What can you find on Nursing & Allied Health Source?

  • Number of records: 350,000+
  • Screenshots visually assist the user with step-by-step assistance.
  • Many citations have links to the full-text article.
  • The database is easy to navigate and user-friendly.
  • Book reviews are included in the index.
  • Information updated daily.

You can access HAPI from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Sara Martinez