Click on the Activity No. (e.g., Activity 100:1) for tips. After completing the activity, you may want to click on the Aha! link for an answer to the question.
Activity 100.1 Use EBSCO A-Z or Serials Solutions to determine whether a particular article is available in the DCCCD.
View this 3 minute video to see how it works. Then find it on the Choose a Database page. Note that the video shows how the process is carried out in Serials Solutions. If and when Serials Solutions is discontinued you'll need to use Ebsco A-Z. An updated video showing how it is done in Ebsco A-Z will be available in due course.
Is this article available in the DCCCD Libraries: Patricia Rosof. "Beyond Rhetoric." The History Teacher 26 (4) 1993, pages 493-497. Aha!
Activity 100.2 Recognize that good thinking is driven by good questions.
Go to the Web site EveryoneThinks.org and read this page about the importance of questions.
What is the main idea of the brief reading? Could you elaborate on that idea with a few sentences? Can you give an example of a good question you've heard or asked? Can you think of a story or find a picture that illustrates what good questions are like? Aha!
Click on the Activity No. (e.g., Activity 200:1) for tips. After completing the activity, you may want to click on the Aha! link for an answer to the question.
Click on the Activity No. (e.g., Activity 300:1) for tips. After completing the activity, you may want to click on the Aha! link for an answer to the question.
Each student in your small group should choose one source from the list below. Try to have at least one item from each category represented. These titles are intentionally not hyperlinked so you can have the experience of locating them on your own. You can start at www.thelibrarycatalog.com , www.dcccd.edu/databases or from your own campus library home page. The underlined titles are essential and most have screencasts in this LibGuide.
Think of yourself as the class expert on the source you've chosen. Study it, play with, run it through the paces. Then report back to the group what you learned about it and what you'd recommend they use it for.
30 Research Tools and Resources in DCCCD Libraries
A: Six Essential Finding Tools That Everyone Should Know Well
1. The Library Catalog (thelibrarycatalog.com) – The most important single key to resources owned by the DCCCD Libraries. Books. Ebooks. DVDS.Videos. Internet Links. Microforms. Atlases. Sound Recordings & more.
2. The Choose a Database Page – Use it to select your best database from the 170 currently owned by the DCCCD. (dcccd.edu/databases). Extensive coverage of articles in journals, magazines, newspapers & more.
3. Academic Search Complete (Ebscohost) – The DCCCD’s largest database of articles. Includes full text articles from nearly 8,000 magazines and journals in all disciplines. Some newspapers.
4. EBSCO A-Z - The answer to "where is that journal title I'm looking for?" and “Do we have this issue?” 5. Gale Virtual Reference Library - An alternative to Wikipedia. Citable articles from specialized subject
encyclopedias in full text on the Web. 6. Google and Its Subsets (Advanced, Books, Scholar, Directory, Uncle Sam, Google Dictionary).
B: The Traditional Library 20. American History Online – A reliable source of facts
7. Library of Congress Classification System - Your guide to systematically browsing the library shelves.
8. Physical books and e-books (Ebsco Ebooks )- E-books allow full text searching. Physical books allow bathtub reading.
9. WorldCat - A tool for finding almost any resource published - many available in nearby libraries (not just in the DCCCD)
C: Online Databases: The Choose a Database Page listed in A is the starting point (dcccd.edu/databases).
10. CQResearcher-Thebestsinglesourcefor analysis of current and controversial issues: cultural, economic, and political.
11. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context - Articles on issues re-titled to convey the author's position.
12. SIRS Researcher - Well selected articles on popular research topics with overviews.
13. NewYorkTimes(1851-present)-Aprimary newspaper source for historical and current U.S.events and people.
14. Ferguson’sCareerGuidanceCenter– Important source for career information, cover
letters, resumes and more. 15. InfoTrac Newspapers (1996 - present) - Articles
from over 400 newspapers from the U.S. and
around the world including several from Texas. 16. Dallas Morning News (1885 - present) - An
essential source for local information of all
kinds. 17. DailyLifeOnline-Thebestsinglesourceon
daily life in all times, places, and cultures. 18. Business Source Complete – Articles, data, and more 19. Wilson OmniFile - An alternative to Academic Search
Complete. Search for articles, biographies, art images, book reviews all at once or separately.
on all things American from Elvis to insurance. Videos, primary source materials, timelines, bios.
21. eLibrary–Aneasy,highlybrowsable alternative to Academic Search and Wilson OmniFile that includes transcripts and approved Web sites.
D: Reference Resources
22. Reference Universe - An index of subject encyclopedias in the library. Some are full text.
23. EncyclopædiaBritannica(availableonline and in the library) - Big ideas (Macro) and facts (Micro) by expert authors.
24. World Book Encyclopedia - Easy, fun to use. DCCCD only has the physical volumes ( no online access in DCCCD libraries).
25. Webster's Third New International Dictionary - Best unabridged dictionary
26. Statistical Abstract of the United States The place to go for US statistics.
27. Statesman's Yearbook - Annually updated update of all countries in world.
E: Internet Tools
28. Wikipedia - Valuable for overview of vast number of topics and as finding tool.
29. Internet Public Library - Use search box to identify reliable Web sites, not pages.
30. InfoMine - Scholarly materials only from the open Web.
Tips: Use both category searches on the Choose a Database page: “What subject are you looking for?” “What course are you taking?” The tools and resources listed here are general only. Think beyond these for specialized subject databases in art, astronomy, dance, etc. which are findable using the Choose a Database page: http://www.dcccd.ed./databases .
For an overview of the library catalog and databases view the video tour at Activity 3.1 of the EDUC 1300 LibGuide (second tab): http://libguides.dcccd.edu/educ1300 .
Click on the Activity No. (e.g., Activity 400:1) for tips. After completing the activity, you may want to click on the Aha! link for an answer to the question.
Serial Solutions will soon be replaced by Ebsco A-Z as the tool for determining whether a particular article is available in our large collection of electronic journals.
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