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Off-Campus Connections to Library Resources

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Books  ll  Journals, Magazines, & Newspapers  ll  Research Guides  ll  Library Tutorials

Linking to Articles & Books from Blackboard  ll  Library Assignments & Quizzes from Blackboard

Reference Help  ll  Off-Campus Access

 

Books

Click on the images below to go to the specific book. 

 

Netlibrary - this database provides access to over 11,000 full-text books covering a wide variety of disciplines.  To access this database from off-campus, JSRCC faculty and students need to create their own personal NetLibrary account on a campus computer first.

 

NetLibrary handout - Basics on creating an account and using NetLibrary.
 

 

 

Safari Books- this database provides access  to over 7,000 full-text books covering a wide variety of technology and business topics including: certification practice exams, databases, desktop applications, e-business, graphics, hardware, Internet, IT management, markup languages, multimedia, networking, operating systems, programming, security, software engineering, web development, Windows, and much more.  To access this database off-campus, JSRCC faculty and students will be prompted to login with their My JSRCC username and password.

 

Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers

The library provides access to over 200 databases containing millions of full-text journal, magazine, and newspaper articles covering a wide variety of disciplines.  To access these databases off-campus, JSRCC faculty and students will be prompted to login with their My JSRCC username and password. 

 

Sample Database:

Our most comprehensive, multidisciplinary database is: Academic Search Complete.

 

Sample Search - click on the image below to go to the search results screen:

 

 

 

 

Check out JSRCC Library's other databases:

 

Research Guides

A growing collection of online research guides can be found on the JSRCC Library web site.  Each guide is specific to a subject, course, or research assignment and contains links to relevant databases and appropriate web sites.  Guides also include search terms and strategies for finding information on a specific topic.  These guides serve as a great starting point from which to begin research and will save both faculty and students much time and frustation. Our librarians can work with you to develop an guide for your course or an upcoming research assignment.

 

 

Library Tutorials

The library provides access to interactive and screencast tutorials covering a wide range of information literacy skills.  These links are available from our Guide to Research at JSRCC Libraries.  We are also starting to develop our own collection of screencast tutorials using Camtasia Studio.  If you are looking for a tutorial that covers a specific research skill or a screencast demo on how to search a particular database, we can either:

  •  Find one already available from our Guide to Research or another library's web site and provide you with the link. 
  • Create one for you using Camtasia.

 

Examples of tutorials developed by other libraries:

 

Examples of Camtasia Studio screencast tutorials developed by JSRCC Library

 

Linking to Articles & Books from Blackboard

You can link to specific course guides, databases, articles, and books from your Blackboard course site. 

 

Example of a persistent link to an article from the Academic Search Complete database.  Click on the image below to go to this article:

 

 

  • For an overview of the benefits of providing persistent links to articles on Blackboard, click here.
  • For instructions on creating links to various library resources from your Blackboard course site, check out the following guide: Integrating Library Resources into Blackboard

 

Library Assignments & Quizzes from Blackboard

If you add a JSRCC librarian as a "teaching assistant," we can create library assignments and corresponding quizzes for your Blackboard course site.  One example is a collaboration I had with a learning community from a previous semester (English 111, United States History 121, and Student Development 101).  The Student Development 101 class came to the library for an instruction session on how to use the databases for researching American history topics.  Following this face-to-face session, students were instructed to complete a follow-up research assignment and quiz on Blackboard.  The assignment served as a refresher to searching the library databases. 

 

 

Reference Help

JSRCC Librarians can assist faculty and students off-campus via phone or email during library hours.  We also participate in a 24/7 chat Reference service called LRC Live.  Check out the following web pages for details:

 

 

Consider adding a JSRCC Librarian as a research contact on your Blackboard course site.  As an example, I have worked closely with an English instructor who adds me as a research contact on her Blackboard course sites for her English 111 & 112 classes. I have assisted these students via email and through face-to-face research consultations.  When students email me to ask where and how they should start their research on a specific topic, I usually email them back detailed instructions on the best databases, search terms, and search techniques to use along with screen shots of the searches. See example email correspondence below:

 

 

If you add a JSRCC Librarian as a "teaching assistant" on your Blackboard course site, you may want to consider setting up a research discussion board forum where students can ask their research questions and the librarian can answer these questions. See the embedded librarian articles below for examples on how these forums can be set up.

 

 

 

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