It is getting close to that time of year when eager students gleefully begin their research projects and many of them will just as gleefully turn to that fount of all modern knowledge, Google. If you despair of your students’ over-reliance on the world wide web, there are a few things you can do. Contact one of your friendly campus librarians to schedule some in-class or in-library research instruction. Librarians will tailor the presentations to your assignment or course syllabus, and will discuss research best-practices, techniques for searching library databases, and even the pitfalls of Google.
If you have not checked out NOVA’s online library resources in a while, now is the time. They have recently added a new section on eBooks and eVideos including online dictionaries and encyclopedias, as well as full-text monographs searchable in the Library catalog (look for “Internet Books – Online Access”) which can be “checked out” for seven days and downloaded offline. Also look at the new streaming video collections, Films on Demand (documentary-type films that can be viewed in their entirety or in segments), PBS Videos, and American History in Video (which displays a simulcast transcript highlighting the text as the narrator speaks it).
Do not miss these new resources: LGBT Life for full-text historical and current news, scholarship and reference sources, A-to-Z Maps, USA, and World Cultures products that include cultural and geographical information as well as online maps, and the CQ Press Political Reference Suite including reference works from Congressional Quarterly Press.
Finally, remember that the College subscribes to the Chronicle of Higher Education online. Read the full -text Chronicle from the Library Homepage or the Chronicle’s site (on campus). You can also subscribe to the Chronicle’s RSS options to get updates directly in your email.