Business Source Complete offers great information from thousands of scholarly business journals. Whether you are doing research for a class assignment or getting background information on a potential investment, Business Source Complete can help.
Business Source Complete provides case studies, SWOT (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analyses, market research reports, industry profiles and more. To log in to Business Source Complete, use your myNOVA username and password.
Below you will find a brief video introduction to Business Source Complete:
If you need more help, please contact the library at ELI-Library@nvcc.edu. Happy Searching!
Many of ELI’s 23,000 online students take courses on campus too. Please watch this informative video on how you can stay safe while taking classes or proctored exams.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- It’s always better to walk in pairs and trust your instincts.
- Students, faculty and staff are asked to stay alert and report suspicious activity to NOVA Police.
- Police escorts are available at any time by calling (703) 764-5000.
- Report any information about this case by contacting NOVA Police or by enrolling in NOVA’s LiveSafe App. Learn more about LiveSafe at www.livesafemobile.com.
We have a tendency to think the grass is always greener on the other side. Assuming that others have everything together because everything looks great from a distance. Rarely do we take the time to see what standing in that grass is really like. It’s easy to assume everything is perfect for someone else when you never take a closer look. Sooo for this Thanksgiving of 2014, I present the following simple challenge: Ask someone, “How are you?” and let it be more than the automatic, detached question it commonly is. Instead, let it reflect a genuine interest in their wellbeing. We never really know what’s going on with another person unless we ask with genuine interest in knowing. Let’s take the initiative to draw closer to those around us and be thankful for the opportunity to do so. Happy Thanksgiving. Namaste.
–Jennifer, ELI Student Success Coach
In a previous Research Series post, we learned to identify keywords for our research. Once we have our keywords, then we can begin searching a database.
In order to find information in a database, you must create a search string. A search string is a combination of keywords and search operators (e.g. AND, OR, *) that tells the database the information you want to receive. Here are a few tips:
1. Use quotation marks ( ” “ ) around phrases (two or more words); this tells the database to look for the words in a specific order.
2. Put the word AND between each new keyword or phrase; this tells the database to look for resources with ALL your keywords.
“global warming” AND atmosphere
3. Put the word OR between two or more keywords to find articles that use common synonyms for your topic.
“global warming” OR “climate change”
4. Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple versions of one keyword. For example, using pollut* as a search term will include results that refer to pollute, pollutes, polluted, polluting, and pollution.
Here are some examples of search strings in two NOVA databases:
As always, if you need more help creating a search string or anything related to research, please contact the ELI Library. Happy searching!
I want to thank everyone who took the time to share their experience of what it’s like to be an employed student at NOVA. ELI is dedicated to creating an educational environment that appreciates and acknowledges the individual experiences of its diverse population of students, faculty, and staff and below are some resources and helpful tips for students and faculty that could help foster such an environment for our employed students.
Tips for Students and Faculty
Prioritize: If school is most important, cut back on your hours at work (if possible). If work is most important, take fewer classes.
Make yourself take time for yourself: You have to carve out space between work and school for you to enjoy your life. Don’t forget that life is meant to be lived and it’s more than deadlines, paychecks, bills, and assignments.
Successful planning and time management: Contact ELI Success Coaches at email@example.com or call 703-764-5076 for help with time management, planning, and a host of other resources and services.
Communicate with your instructor: Talk often and early about your work schedule, scheduling conflicts, etc. Your instructor may be willing to provide you with special accommodations.
Open the door for communication: Invite students into the conversation about their concerns about work and school. Posting a statement on Blackboard is a good start.
Acknowledge the importance of the students’ other life responsibilities: Create an environment of understanding and free of ultimatums.
Offer resources: Empathize with your students and link them with assistance (i.e. tutoring resources, resources to help with work/school balance, etc.) that you would find useful if you were in their shoes. Your wealth of knowledge and life experience can be of great use to students.
Resources for Students
NOVA’s Career Services website – http://www.nvcc.edu/current-students/career-services/index.html – this website provides information about the career development process and connects individuals to resources pertaining to self-assessment, career exploration, decision making, and finding employment.
College Central Network – http://www.collegecentral.com/nova/ – this resource includes a database of current, full-time, part-time, and contractual jobs posted by employers interested in hiring NOVA students. Individuals can create and post their resume online. This resource also includes a national job board, career articles written by industry professionals, career videos, and career advice podcasts.
CareerOneStop – http://www.acinet.org/ – this website provides information about occupations and industries as well as state labor market information and resources.
Monster – http://www.monster.com/ – this resource includes an online job board as well as resources on a variety of areas to include resume advice, interviewing tips, and career advice by industry. Individuals can create and post their resume online. Individuals interested in articles about starting a new job, leaving a job, work-life balance, and workplace issues should take a look at the “In the Workplace” section. Individuals interested in reading articles about getting promoted or changing careers should take a look at the “Career Development” section. Both sections are located within the “Browse Career Advice” area of the “Career Resources” section.
If you would like more one-on-one career counseling, please contact ELI Career Counselor, Christy Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Jennifer, ELI Success Coach
Have you started thinking about your schedule for next semester? Are you interested in taking a class that doesn’t require you to purchase any textbooks or course materials? A Digital Open ELI class might be right for you!
ELI offers several online courses that do not require students to purchase textbooks or other course materials. Digital Open courses use free online material and Open Educational Resources (OER) instead of expensive textbooks. You can try one or two Digital Open courses, or even complete an entire AS degree track. Instead of requiring traditional textbooks, all readings and materials used in the courses will be available to students free of charge online as OER, or through NOVA’s library resources.
Are you ready try one of ELI’s Digital Open courses? Just look for the notification in the notes section in the online schedule of classes stating: This is a digital open course. No textbook purchase required.
Save time and money with a Digital Open course at ELI! For more information about registering for one of ELI’s Digital Open courses, contact the ELI Counselors at email@example.com or 703.323.2425.
During your time at NOVA, you may be asked to write about a controversial issue. For example, a teacher assigns an argumentative essay assignment on global warming. To begin your research, start with the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database.
The Opposing Viewpoints in Context database offers opinion/editorial articles on each topic as well as academic, reference, magazine, and website articles. Use this database to understand different perspectives on debated topics in both your academic and personal life.
If you need help using this database, contact the library at ELI-Library@nvcc.edu. Happy searching!
To celebrate National Career Development Month (NCDM), we are posting quotes on Twitter throughout the month. What is your favorite quotes? Leave a comment and let us know!
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. -Confucius
Conducting a Job Search Webinar: This 45 minute webinar will focus on basic strategies for conducting a job search. Topics covered will include creating a plan, identifying sources of job leads, and resume, cover letter, and interview basics.
Preparing for Finals Webinars – Are you ready for Finals Week? ELI can help you prepare! The How to Prepare for Finals webinar will focus on topics and strategies to help ease anxiety and help you study smart such as: Early preparation, planning your approach and taking the exam.
Spring Registration is underway! If you have any questions about enrolling in the correct classes for the spring semester, contact the ELI Counselors at 703.323.2425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To mark National Distance Learning Week this week, we wanted to take the opportunity to share with you 10 things you might not know about ELI.1. 23,000 NOVA students taken online courses through ELI each year.
2. ELI offers more than 500 different online courses, so whatever field you’re in and whatever degree requirement you’re working to fill, you can probably find it at ELI!
3. ELI courses and ELI faculty win national awards every year.
4. You are not alone when you take an ELI course – you will interact with your professor and with your classmates through discussions, group assignments, and more.
5. ELI staff provide lots of services to support you in your online courses, too, including 24/7 free online tutoring, an online librarian, 24/7 technical support, student success coaches, and much more.
6. ELI offers monthly start dates for most of our courses, so just about any time you want to get started with us, we have a new session starting soon!
7. You can earn more than 40 complete associate’s degrees and certificates entirely through ELI. Check out the list here: http://eli.nvcc.edu/degrees.htm
8. Not sure whether an online course is right for you? You can take the Smartermeasure assessment to find out!
9. ELI offers courses in 16-week, 12-week, and 8-week lengths so you can choose the schedule and course length that best fits your needs.
10. Most ELI students take classes on campus as well as ELI classes; combining the two can be the perfect way to get to your degree as quickly as possible.
Happy Distance Learning Week to all our ELI Students. If you have any questions, contact the ELI Student Services Team at 703-323-3347 or connect with us on social media. We are more than happy to answer your questions, as well as refer you to useful resources and services that will support your online learning experience.