Library Learning Commons


Faculty and Staff
  
  Sasha Miller, certified Teacher-Librarian
  Karla Wester, Library Clerk-Typist

Hours of Operation
 
M-Th: 7AM-4PM
Friday: 7AM-3PM
Saturday/Sunday: Closed




Home

DATABASES

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databases by logging into MackinVia using their 

Infinite Campus username and password.


BOOKS

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Note: You'll need to login through MackinVia to access the GVRL!

NEWSPAPERS - Where do you get your news?


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Students and staff have free access to unlimited articles from the New York Times while on campus. Note: This access is not available from home.



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Digital access to news and newspapers from Britain, Africa, the Middle East, and the United States.



NEWSPAPERS - How do you evaluate the news you read?

According to the American Library Association, 


"Misleading information published as news is not new to the 21st century.  In the late 19th century we called it ;yellow journalism,' and its practitioners used sensational headlines and outright fraudulent stories to increase sales. Today, with increasing reliance on both digital news outlets and social media for news, sifting through the messages for non-biased sources requires attention, and possibly reviewing multiple sources--including seeking out a reliable original source." (ALA's "Evaluating Information")


Resources:

VIDEO Resources

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  Discovery Education:  Login with your username/password for Infinite Campus

WEBSITES

Click the image below to access our Symbaloo of websites we recommend 
students and staff use when conducting research for academic and 
non-academic projects (but especially the academic ones!)
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FINDING QUALITY SOURCES ONLINE
Click the image below for a short video (2:36) from WriteCheck 
(i.e. Turnitin.com) on the strengths and limitations of Wikipedia.

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Click the image below for a short video (1:45) from WriteCheck 
(i.e. Turnitin.com) on the differences between Google and Google 
Scholar. Keep in mind that using Google Scholar is not a 
replacement for finding quality sources in databases.

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GUIDES FOR EVALUATING INFORMATION YOU FIND ONLINE
WHAT IS THE CRAAP TEST? 
            (Click the Image below to watch a short video)
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HOW TO USE A SOURCE ONCE YOU'VE FOUND IT: Try the BEAM Method:

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USEFUL TOOLS
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You'll need to register before you can use this product, but you can create a NoodleTools MLA Lite Account for FREE!
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Click the image below for a short video (2:24) from WriteCheck (i.e. Turnitin.com) on how to use summary, paraphrase, and quotes to avoid plagiarism. 

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HELP CITING in MLA 8
Templates:  Click here for MLA 8 source-specific templates.
Basic guidelines: Put the different elements of your citation in the order below, being sure to include the punctuation modeled, and everything will be fine.
Punctuation: Notice that only 1, 2, and 9 have a period after them.
What is a container?: A container is "where you get the smaller thing." e.g. We watch TV shows where the episode itself has a title, but it's part of a larget show. The larger show is the container.

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Click here to watch a video explaining MLA8.
Note: Examples showing how to handle it when a container is inside another container start at 5:10.

SPOTTING SELECTIVE/FAKE NEWS
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